When the service was first rolled out, users with a free OneDrive account got fifteen gigabytes of storage space. That’s generous, but unfortunately, it also ended. The company announced in April, 2016 that they were reducing the amount of free storage provided from fifteen gigabytes, down to five. Beginning in July, access restrictions are to be implemented. Users will no longer be able to access files above and beyond the five gigabyte mark. Users who are at their maximum storage capacity will not be able to add any new files to their drive space.
As of now, some OneDrive customers have received emails informing them that their accounts had been changed to read only.” Additional restrictions are planned next year. In April, 2017, the company plans to lock all accounts that exceed the five gigabyte threshold, and three months after that, will begin deleting files in accounts that exceed the new maximum threshold.
Fortunately, there are several good options available to OneDrive users. You can opt to stick with the service and simply pay for additional storage, or, choose what is perhaps the better solution, subscribe to Office 365 Personal, which comes with 1 Terabyte of OneDrive storage space.
If you’re not happy with Microsoft’s handling of the issue, and are looking for a different cloud-based storage solution, there are certainly no shortage of options. If you’re not sure which one would be the best fit for you or your company, contact us today, and a member of our knowledgeable staff will be in touch to discuss your options, help you find the right solution, and can even assist with data migration, should that be required.