Microsoft to soon reduce free OneDrive storage from 15GB to 5GB

Microsoft informs users of its plans to reduce free OneDrive storage from 15GB to 5GB on July 27

Microsoft had started emailing users of its OneDrive cloud storage service who didn’t opt-in to Microsoft’s previous OneDrive offer that the reduction from 15GB to just 5GB of free space will occur on July 27. The Redmond giant will also eliminate the 15GB free camera roll bonus on OneDrive accounts on that same date.

Here’s what Microsoft is sending out to OneDrive users in an email notifying them of the impending changes:

“We want to let you know about some upcoming changes to OneDrive. On July 27, 2016, the amount of storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15GB to 5GB. We are also discontinuing the 15GB camera roll bonus.

We realize these are big changes to a service you rely on. We want to apologize for any inconvenience these changes may have caused you. We’ve made a difficult decision, but it’s one that will let us sustainably operate OneDrive into the future.”

Last November, Microsoft took its customers by surprise by announcing that it was removing the unlimited OneDrive storage it had promised to Office 365 subscribers, reducing their allowance to 1TB. Non-subscribers were affected too; the company said that it would reduce its free storage allowance for all other OneDrive users by two-thirds – from 15GB to just 5GB – and the free 15GB ‘camera roll bonus’ for photo back-up would also be discontinued.

However, these announcements caused a massive backlash from its users, and in December, Microsoft apologized for its clumsy handling, and offered some concessions, allowing those who wanted to retain the 15GB of free storage and the 15GB camera roll bonus if they went to a special page and clicked on a big blue “Keep your free storage” button by January 31, 2016.

It had also earlier promised a free one-year Office 365 Personal subscription to some customers who were using huge amounts of storage, to give them time to transfer their data – an assurance that it honoured earlier this week.

However, despite those concessions, Microsoft said it would go ahead with its planned changes, and have started emailing those remaining customers who missed its deadline to retain the larger storage amounts.

If you have not made this change, and if your free file storage on OneDrive is over 5GB, you will either have to make some changes or pay Microsoft to increase your cloud storage space. So, if you’re looking to get more than 5GB of storage, then you need to pay $1.99 for 50GB of storage.