Microsoft has capped its data storage on OneDrive to 1TB, down from “unlimited” storage.
Microsoft is capping its unlimited data option on OneDrive cloud storage service to one terabyte, citing user abuse, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The company is also removing the 100GB and 200GB plans, dropping them to 50GB for a reduced fee of $1.99 (£1.99) a month. The free storage option is being cut from 15GB to 5GB.
The reason for this change,according to Microsoft, is some users abusing the “unlimited” nature of the “unlimited” plan.
“Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 [terabytes] per user or 14,000 times the average,” the company says.
The changes are not being rolled out immediately. Users who exceed the respective data limit have 12 months to clear out files. Anyone who currently subscribes to a 100GB or 200GB plan can keep that storage.
The move somewhat goes against conventional wisdom when it comes to cloud storage, with all of Microsoft’s competitors moving to offer more storage for less. Amazon, Apple, Google, Dropbox, and Box have all recently begun to offer larger storage for reduced prices. However, Microsoft’s one terabyte option is still aggressively priced at $6.99 (£5.99) per month, including Office 365.