Microsoft Regrets Offering Unlimited OneDrive Storage, Resets Limit To 1TB Per User


Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service has been in the news for its unlimited storage scheme for select customers. However, the company recently took the privilege away when it learned that unlimited usage had crossed the quota that company did not plan before. The users with unlimited data have stored data on an enormous basis, and this made Microsoft decide a limit for the so-called unlimited data storage limit. The new 1TB storage limit has been set, which is valid from March 1.

Well, we would not call it surprising as the reports started floating on the internet from December itself. To recap, Microsoft offered Office 365 subscribers with a complimentary unlimited cloud storage on OneDrive. While providing the "unlimited" service, Microsoft did not calculate the risk that entailed and how far customers could go in the name of unlimited cloud storage. On inquiry, Microsoft recognised the issue as top-level usage ‘abuse’ by users and then went on deciding a limit for every subscriber - 1TB per user.

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Besides, this is not a counter strike. Apparently, after running the unlimited service for almost a year, Microsoft started notifying the subscribers about the new storage limit via e-mails. The company also mentioned the activation date for the new limit. Even though Microsoft set the activation date for March 1, but some users were still seeing the unlimited storage and that could be because of update rollout timeline that sometimes exceeds 48 hours. Predictably, users shall start seeing the storage limit from tomorrow.

If you're among the unlimited plan users on OneDrive then you will be given three months of time to move your data to other service or external device if your data exceeds 1TB. We wonder what was Microsoft upto when it decided to offer unlimited storage on cloud. Of course, users would make the most out of such plan as having all you data on cloud is an easy way to access it from anywhere without the need of carrying external storage devices.

What's your take on this news? Do you think Microsoft is right for tagging it under usage "abuse"? Share your views in the comment section below.