As of today Microsoft released a statement on how they are changing their cloud service OneDrive. They were originally going to offer unlimited storage, but they didn’t figure out that people would take advantage of it, and thus cancelling along with several cut back to their other programs.
The free users will receive a massive blow by having their storage cut from 15gb to 5gb, and the 15gb camera roll bonus will also be discontinued. Not only that the 100gb and 200gb plans will be removed for “new users”, yet to know what it means for the “old users” and 50gb will cost you 1.99 it’s double the price of their competitor GoogleDrive where you can get 100gb for $1.99.
All these changes are according to OneDrive because some users have been uploading up to 75tb of memory on there accounts, which they mention in their blog that it is 14,000 times the average user. But, if that’s the case why then reduce the storage for new users? or current users with free storage? if you are trying to appeal to the majority of your users, they are probably the free storage users. Why punish the small guys because of some people that were backing up 75tb? Or was this just a plot from the beginning by giving people 15gb storage and maybe then they realized that more than 50% of the users used more than 5gb of storage, so their plan was to “force” people to buy the 50gb plan for $1.99/month.
What a shame, I’ve come to love OneDrive the past year I’ve been using it, never thought about changing OneDrive for another service, but now OneDrive is making the decision for me. I have not decided which cloud service I will use, but I’m leaning towards GoogleDrive. It offers 15gb free, and 100gb for $1.99. and I’m positive that Google won’t change that anytime soon.