Microsoft recently announced changes to thier One Drive pricing. They’ve done away with the unlimted tier completely, citing they had users actually using it as unlimited storage (to the tune of 75 TB for each top end user). Obviously that is extreme, but still…..if you sell something as an unlimited thing shouldn’t it be unlimited? Whatever you think about it, Microsoft’s answer was to remove the unlimted storage option completely. Other changes to the paid tier include:
- Removal of the 100 GB and 200 GB plans, to be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 a month
- The free tier will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB, and the bonus 15 GB storage for uploading camera photos will be discontinued
Office 365 subscribers will be able to keep thier current level of storage for 12 months while they find someplace else to put the data.
Something worth pointing with all of these changes, the much “hated” and much complained about iCloud storage prices are either the same price or cheaper in 2 of the 3 tiers!
- 50 GB for $.99 / month vs 200 GB for $1.99 / month
- 200 GB for $2.99 / month vs $3.99 / month
- 1 TB for $9.99 /month vs $6.99 /month (includes Office 365)
I’ve not been able to find out for certain, but I believe Microsoft hosts One Drive themselves (I would assume on Azure) vs building it on top of a competing product like AWS. I wonder what Microsoft will do with all of this reclaimed storage? Users have 12 months to get the data off, given the lifecycle of enterprise storage….it wouldn’t suprise me in the slightest to find out 12 months from now is the planned end of life for a lot of disk arrays. By doing this now, Microsoft will save themselves from needing to purchase a ton of hardware in 2016. Either that, or perhaps we’ll see a reduction in storage pricing on Azure as the extra capacity is folding into that system. Which works out great, anytime Azure or AWS lowers pricing the other one usually follows suit. Works out great for consumers!