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POV: Why curtailing Free OneDrive storage is a dumb move by Microsoft


When Microsoft infamously announced shrinking of Free OneDrive storage to 5 GB for normal users it was naturally met with heavy derision and outrage. While this decision is surprisingly dumb at Microsoft’s end given every other competitor of Microsoft’s size and influence is providing more cloud storage as a bonus to lure more and more users to their Eco-system, the reasons cited behind this decision are dumber. Have a look at why of this decision.

We’re making changes to OneDrive storage plans for consumers and are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible.

Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average. Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.

So, while offering unlimited storage may haven’t been the wisest of decisions in the first place, now Microsoft is citing misuse of its unlimited storage offer as the reason behind curtailing of 15 GB storage to 5 GB. It doesn’t sum up at all. If you are not happy with the misuse of unlimited storage offers do away with those but how can it be compensated by taking away 10 GB free storage from loyal customers.

And this kind of move at a time when Microsoft is going to release its flagship devices Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL soon. Not so smart after all, Microsoft!! It is not loyalty-inducing and looks like an unnecessary decision coming at most inappropriate time.


Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long.

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  • UMovies

    Nothing free in this world, I don’t know what the problem is should it be 5 gigs no, but abusers will abuse thats what they do. They way I see it is if you sell a 32 gig phone 32 gigs should be free minimum. But am I mad no , if you give a way stuff free, or have an unlimited storage then people will abuse it.

  • McHale72

    I’ve been a huge fanboy since the beginning and this one bait and switch move is enough to make me SERIOUSLY considering Android. Every one of their OS’s push for OneDrive synchronization in the very beginning. If the plan was to force everybody to pay for storage it’s a brilliant move if you think everybody is going to fall for it. I’ve defended Windows Phone for years but I can’t now. I’m no longer pre-ordering the 950xl and will wait and see how this pans out. If they don’t reverse this IDIOTIC decision, I’m done with Windows Phone. Tack on the fact that we are *THIS* close to RTM on W10M and it’s pretty awful so far.

    • UMovies

      Im on android you can have my phone and ill take yours

      • McHale72

        Depends on your Android. I already have the Nexus 5, Nexus 7(2013), Nexus One, a couple HTC’s and even the Vizio tablet. I don’t like Android as a phone OS but Windows Phone is getting really close to removing all of the standout features that made Windows Phone great, reducing it to what Android is now… without all the lag or FC’s of course.

  • MegamaN

    A Uservoice was started and it climbed to the top, so there’s some type of hope.
    If it’s like the Music/Groove Uservoice, it might not be that great.