Microsoft OneDrive Goes to 15GB Free; Office 365 Users Get 1TB
Update (June 25, 2014): Added local prices for new storage plans.
Here at HardwareZone, we always hold the view that there’s no such thing as too much storage. A particular pleasing piece of news that greeted us today is that Microsoft has announced that it’s more than doubling its OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive) cloud storage for both regular Microsoft account holders and Office 365 subscribers.
But up to how much exactly? To summarize:
- From next month onwards, OneDrive will come with 15GB for free (up from 7GB previously).
- Office 365 subscribers will get 1TB (nice!). More specifically, the S$13.80/month Office 365 Home will land you 1TB per person (up to 5 people); and the S$9.80/month Office 365 Personal and S$108/4-year University will get 1TB per subscription.
- If you want more than 15GB of OneDrive storage but don’t want to subscribe to Office 365, there are new, lower-priced monthly subscription storage options. They are: US$1.99/month for 100GB (down from US$7.49) and US$3.99/month for 200GB (down from US$11.49).
- Alternatively, you could sign up for OneDrive for Business, which offers 1TB of storage for US$2.50/month per user.
According to Microsoft, current subscribers will automatically be moved to the new prices. We’ve yet to get the local prices, but as a reference, currently it costs S$10.99/month for an additional 100GB and S$15.99/month for an additional 200GB. (Update: We've just gotten word from Microsoft Singapore that the new prices will be S$3.00/month for 100GB and S$6.00/month for 200GB. The 50GB option will be discontinued.)
There’s no word on what’s going to happen to the current 50GB subscription option.
In comparison, Dropbox offers 2GB free and Box offers 10GB. The only other major cloud storage player that offers 15GB free is Google Drive.
So Microsoft, when are you going to remove the 2GB maximum file size limit?
Source: The OneDrive Blog.