Microsoft later partially backtracked and reversed on its OneDrive cutback decision after backlash from OneDrive users, allowing OneDrive users who have already grabbed more than 5GB free cloud storage space to being grandfathered to maintain and keep their current quota. The caveat is that the retention of 30GB free OneDrive cloud storage space is not automatic. You must act manually to keep the base storage quota of 15GB and camera roll bonus of 15GB after the changes roll out.
To keep existing 15 GB of free storage and the 15 GB camera roll bonus, go to the following magic link to claim the offer:
You will see the following message:
Thank you for using Microsoft OneDrive.
You’re an important part of what we do, and we want to make sure you know that. That’s why we’re making it possible for you to keep your base storage quota and camera roll bonus, even after the changes roll out.
Click below and your account will not be affected when the amount of free storage changes from 15 GB to 5 GB and the +15 GB camera roll bonus is discontinued.
Click or tap on the keep your free storage button. You need to sign in to your Microsoft Account to claim the grandfathered OneDrive free storage space. You must claim the deal by 31st January 2016.
Once done, you will see the following message:
Your account will not be affected by the upcoming storage changes.
If you don’t have OneDrive account yet, sign up before 31st January 2016 to get free 15GB base storage with optional 15GB camera roll bonus for free, as Microsoft is still reducing the free storage space offered to new OneDrive users.
Starting from February 1st, 2016, all new OneDrive account comes with 5GB free base storage space, and camera roll bonus is no more.
If you don’t sign up for the retention of 15GB or 30GB OneDrive free storage space, and you store more than 5GB of data on OneDrive, you will receive free one year subscription of Office 365 Personal, which includes 1TB of storage.
In addition to reduction in free storage space for personal OneDrive account, the unlimited storage space for Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers is also reduced to 1TB. If you have stored in excess of 1 TB, you will be notified of this change and will be able to retain your increased storage for at least 12 months. More information can be found at the FAQ.
On the other hand, Microsoft is starting to provide unlimited OneDrive for Business storage for organizations with more than five people subscribing to one of the following OneDrive for Business plans:
- Office 365 Enterprise E3, E4 and E5
- Office 365 Government E3, E4 and E5
- Office 365 Education
- OneDrive for Business Plan 2 and SharePoint Online Plan 2
The changes signifies the change of focus for Microsoft, which places its future on the revenue from cloud services.