Microsoft lets OneDrive users keep 15 GB storage

Back in November, Microsoft had announced some big changes to its OneDrive storage plans. Apart from no more unlimited storage, OneDrive had decided that the Free base storage quota of 15 GB will be reduced to 5 GB and no more free 15 GB of Camera roll bonus. This had created huge outcry among its users. After hearing frustrations and disappointment from its fans and users, now Microsoft lets OneDrive legacy users to keep 15 GB storage.

OneDriveLegacyOfferLimited time offer to keep your 15 GB

After being criticized by OneDrive users, Microsoft has agreed to let its current users keep their 15 GB of base free storage and the 15 GB of Camera Roll bonus and this is for limited time only. Microsoft has clarified what they are doing for customers impacted by that November announcement. Microsoft has not changed their overall plans.

  • Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscriptions will continue to include 1 TB of storage. Those who received additional storage a part of unlimited offer will keep it for at least 12months.
  • “For customers of our free service who have over 5 GB of content and who are directly impacted by the storage change, we will offer one free year of Office 365 Personal, which includes 1 TB of storage.”  These customers will receive an email with redemption information early next year
  • A new offer to OneDrive loyal advocates and fans where Microsoft is letting the users keep existing 15 GB of free storage even when the changes happen next year where the free storage will be reduced to 5 GB. If one also has 15 GB camera roll bonus, one can keep that too. For this, one has to sign up to keep the storage at the link given here . This is limited period offer and must be redeemed by January 31, 2016.

Actually this was said by Microsoft in the OneDrive UserVoice Forum as a reply to a user query. So it seems Microsoft doesn’t want to announce it yet in the official OneDrive blog. After getting more than 72,000 votes as of now, Microsoft’s Group Program Manager, Douglas Pearce apologized to its customers.

“…we’ve heard clearly from our Windows and OneDrive fans about the frustration and disappointment we have caused. We realize the announcement came across as blaming customers for using our product. For this, we are truly sorry and would like to apologize to the community. “

So if you want to keep your 15 GB of free storage and the 15 GB free camera roll bonus, use the link given above and keep your present free storage. And remember it should be redeemed by January 31, 2016.

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Vasudev G. is a Technology Enthusiast. He is a Windows Insider MVP and is committed to Microsoft technologies and products.