OneDrive Goes from 7GB to 15GB of Free Cloud Storage Space
Article by George Norman
On 25 Jun 2014
OneDrive, the cloud storage service built into Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system, used to offer 7GB of cloud storage space for free. I say “used to” because this is no longer the case. The cloud storage space that OneDrive puts at your disposal for free has gone up from 7GB to 15GB.

While the cloud storage space has gone up, the amount of money you have to pay for additional storage has gone down. Storage prices for paid plans have dropped by more than 70%.

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Upload and store files in the cloud, share files with others, sync files across your devices – this sort of functionality and more is offered by OneDrive, the Microsoft-developed cloud service that is already built into Windows 8.1 and is as a standalone app for several other platforms.

Until now, OneDrive got you started with 7GB of cloud storage space. This has changed! The OneDrive team recently announced that it increased the OneDrive storage plan from 7GB to 15GB. This means that you now get 15GB of free cloud storage space instead of 7GB.

“Our data tells us that 3 out of 4 people have less than 15 GB of files stored on their PC. Factoring in what they may also have stored on other devices, we believe providing 15 GB for free right out of the gate – with no hoops to jump through – will make it much easier for people to have their documents, videos, and photos available in one place,” said Omar Shahine, Group Program Manager, OneDrive.com.

On top of the 15GB you get for free, you can earn an extra 3GB for activating camera roll backup and up to 5GB for referring friends (10 friends, 500MB per friend). You can get up to 23GB of free cloud storage space.

If that is not enough, you can also purchase cloud storage space. While the amount of storage space offered by a free plan has gone up, the amount of money you have to pay for a paid plan has gone down. Storage prices for paid plans have dropped by more than 70%. And to be more precise, the new paid plans are a follows:
  • 100GB for $1.99 instead of $7.49.
  • 200GB for $3.99 instead of $11.49.

“All of these updates will take effect in the next month. For current subscribers, you are all set, you’ll automatically be moved to the lower prices,” explained Omar Shahine.

Click here to check out the OneDrive review I published a couple of months ago.

Find out more about OneDrive on its official website.




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