Microsoft hikes cloud storage price, cuts free options

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Enterprise software major Microsoft has increased online storage price for some plan, while removing free options.
The US-based IT giant company has slashed the free space it offers through its OneDrive service by two-thirds.

Starting next year, Microsoft will cut its free option to 5 GB against 15 GB now. Microsoft says the new allotment is enough for about 6,600 Office documents or 1,600 photos.

Earlier this year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) eliminated a free 5 GB storage plan, though it still offers that amount to those who pay for its Prime loyalty program.

Microsoft is also effectively doubling prices for some storage plans. It will charge $2 a month for 50 gigabytes of storage, including the free allotment, rather than the 100 gigabytes it currently offers at that price. The company is eliminating a $4-a-month, 200 gigabyte plan.

Subscribers to Microsoft’s Office 365, which offers word processing, spreadsheet and other apps starting at $7 a month, will now be limited to 1 TB, or 1,000 GB, of storage.

The company is killing off an unlimited option that it said a small number of users had abused by backing up numerous personal computers and storing entire movie collections, PTI reported.

As with similar services from Google, Dropbox and others, OneDrive can store just about any type of files. Apps can automatically sync what you store on a device.

Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has emphasized mobile and online services such as OneDrive over traditional sales of Windows and Office software for personal computers.

The company has offered services for free as a way to hook people into using other services, such as Microsoft’s ad-supported Bing search engine and the Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft says it will give people time — up to a year in some cases — to remove files that exceed its new limits.

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