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OneDrive users with 5GB+ content in the cloud, will get 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription and 1TB storage for free

OneDrive users with 5GB+ content in the cloud, will get 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription and 1TB storage for free

by AshwinDecember 14, 2015

Last weekend, we saw Microsoft backtracking on its own words, regarding the change in the storage plans of its cloud storage service, OneDrive.

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The Redmond company had drawn a lot of criticism from its users, after it had announced a month ago, that it would be reducing the storage limit for free users from 15GB to 5GB.

But, after a lot of negative feedback on the proposed move, the company apologised on the Microsoft Uservoice forums, and made a new announcement. It will be offering users to retain the free 15GB storage and the 15GB camera roll bonus, only if they claim for the same before the end of January, 2016. More on this from my previous write up.

Microsoft will be granting free OneDrive users who have over 5GB+ data in their account,  a special promo which entitles them for one year’s worth of an Office 365 Personal subscription, which also grants them to a whopping 1TB storage for free.

But there is a catch. This promotional offer will not be available to all users. This offer will only be extended to those who are affected by the change in the OneDrive storage plans.That is, if you have 15GB of free space in your account and have already claimed to retain it, you won’t get the Office365 promo.

Users who do not claim their existing storage mentioned above, and those who miss the chance to do so, will see their storage space cut down to the proposed 5GB limit permanently. It is these users who we are talking about today, who will be eligible for the special offer.

This is what Microsoft’s Douglas Pearce, announced at the User Voice forums.

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.

As long as a user has over 5GB of data in his/her OneDrive account, and fails to claim to retain the free storage, he/she will be eligible for this Office 365 promo. And any such user should be getting an email from the Redmond  company, with more details about how to avail the offer.

Personally, we think it is better to get the 15GB free storage + 15GB camera roll bonus (by installing the OneDrive mobile app and allowing camera uploads), and then claim to keep it for lifetime. 30GB for free in the long run, is much better than a free 1TB for a year. Then again, you could opt for the latter if you will really find it useful, or if you are willing to pay for the service later.