About a month after Microsoft announced plans to drop the amount of free cloud storage it offered users of its OneDrive service, the company is throwing a lifeline to existing users.
Starting early next year anyone that signs up for OneDrive will only get 5GB of free storage instead of the 15GB Microsoft currently offers. But if you already have 15GB, you can visit preview.onedrive.com/bonus/ and click the “keep your free storage” button to hang onto what you’ve already got.
If you use a OneDrive app with the camera roll feature enabled, you’ll also get to keep the extra 15GB bonus… which means that existing users can continue to use up to 30GB of free cloud storage.
You’ll need to click that button (and agree to the terms) by January 31st, 2016 in order to keep your storage. Otherwise existing users will get the same amount of free storage as new users: 5GB with no camera roll bonus.
If you need more cloud storage space than that, Microsoft will sell you 50GB for $1.99 per month… or you could opt for a different cloud storage service.
Microsoft will also stop providing unlimited OneDrive storage to Office 365 subscribers in early 2016. Instead, customers will be able to store up to 1TB. There’s currently no option for existing subscribers to keep their unlimited storage space when the changes take effect.