Microsoft has apologized for its announcement to downgrade the storage capacity of OneDrive accounts. The company now offers existing users a way to keep their free storage. In November this year Microsoft announced that it would downgrade all plans for its cloud storage service.
The tech giant planned to lower the storage capacity of free accounts from 15GB to 5GB and announced it would put restrictions on the unlimited Office 365 storage accounts.
Venturebeat reports Microsoft has apologized for the plan to downgrade existing users and now offers them free storage of 15GB or 30GB, depending whether they use the ‘Camera roll’ feature of OneDrive. The ‘Camera roll’ feature automatically stores pictures taken with a mobile device in the cloud. To keep their storage, users need to login to a special page (tip: uncheck the checkbox that allows Microsoft to send you promotional emails).
For paid users nothing changes, they keep their current storage capacity. Only new subscribers to OneDrive receive less storage capacity than before.
OneDrive accounts with unlimited storage will nevertheless be downgraded to 1TB, but Microsoft will wait 12 months before existing users will be downgraded. Till then, current subscribers can still enjoy unlimited storage on OneDrive.