Microsoft today announced, on its OneDrive Blog, that cloud storage limits are now a thing of the past. If you’re an Office 365 subscribers to Home, Personal, or University models, you will soon have unlimited OneDrive storage space at no additional cost.
It wasn’t long ago that we were telling you about Microsoft increasing OneDrive storage for free accounts from 7 GB to 15 GB, and that Office 365 users would receive 1 TB of storage. Then a few months later, Microsoft upped the storage again to 30 GB for mobile users.
On the heels of those announcements, the Redmond giant is taking it an even larger leap forward by offering unlimited storage on OneDrive – in case 1 TB wasn’t enough.
According to the post by Microsoft’s Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President, OneDrive & SharePoint, the roll out is starting today for Office 365 Home ($6.99/month), Personal ($9.99/month), and University ($74.99 for 4 years) customers, and the roll out will continue over the coming months.
Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We’ve started rolling this out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers.
While you’re waiting for unlimited storage, the blog post suggests starting to take advantage of the 1 TB capacity by activating the auto upload feature for your camera roll on your phone. That’s not just for Windows Phone either. For a full explanation on how to set all of your devices (including iOS and Android) to auto upload your camera roll, check out our article on how to auto back up your photos and videos to OneDrive from any mobile device.
If you don’t want to wait for unlimited storage to roll out to you, you can jump in front of the line by heading to this page and signing up with your Office 365 credentials to get on the list.
It’s also worth noting that Office 365 for business won’t be available until next year:
For OneDrive for Business customers, unlimited storage will be listed on the Office 365 roadmap in the coming days and we will begin updating the First Release customers in 2015, aligned with our promise to provide ample notification for significant service changes.
This is a bit of a surprise. I expected Microsoft . O365 to eventually meet the Google Apps offer of unlimited storage (requires $10 plan plus 5 user minimum) however giving away unlimited storage for the Home plans… Very nice considering you get Office and Skype minutes etc…
For those who want it, here’s a list of the Home/Personal plans. Looks like they still need to update the storage allowance from this announcement.
That link shows prices from other countries around the world — here are the prices for the US consumer versions of Office 365 and the one time purchase versions of Office 2013:
Also, as i stated in the article, there is an extremely affordable version for students in college:
$80 for four years is pretty incredible for starving students. $20/year with unlimited storage.
It’s also worth noting that the Business editions will get unlimited OneDrvie storage starting in 2015
Where is the OneDrive Blog??
Did a search for OneDrive Blog.
Went to https://blog.onedrive.com/.
I see a Sign up & Sign in button. Since I am a Office 365 subscriber I pick the Sign in button. I am automaticly signed into my OneDrive account and I can see the files.
But I cannot see the Blog postings. Looked around the screen for something to send me to the Blog but cannot find anything.
Am I blind?
Thank you for the help.
You have the blog URL correct: https://blog.onedrive.com/
Perhaps try a few different browsers.
How in the world is MS able to afford this? How could ANYONE afford this?
I think I’m going to test this out. I’ll buy an Office 365 subscription for 1 month, and during that time, I am going to upload as many terabytes of HD video footage as I can. I’ll see what happens.
This really does sounds completely insane.
Keep us updated. ;)
As to how they can afford this, I think it’s all about averages. Most will probably use just a few gigs over the years while a very small number will use several terabytes. Although unlimited sounds like a lot, the vast majority will never get up over a terabyte — generally speaking…
You’re probably right. I’m going to laugh so hard if it backfires. Lol
I foresee corporations keeping all of their databases on a personal $7/mo Office365 subscription. hahaha