Microsoft Is Giving 100GB Of Free OneDrive Storage For Two Years
Cloud storage lets users store their digital data on third-party virtual servers so that they can easily access and manage data from anywhere at any time. While this offers many advantages, there is always a risk that the service provider might one day shut down, resulting in loss of your GBs of data.
But I don’t think Microsoft is going anywhere in next ten years. However, with reliability comes cost, right? Wrong! Microsoft has been charging for its OneDrive cloud storage plans, but now it has decided to give it for free: 100GB of OneDrive storage for free for two years.
All you need to do to enjoy the free storage, is a Bing Rewards account which is free too. Once you have signed up for the service, just head over to Dashboard and click on the “100 Gb free” link. To avail this reward, you just need to give permission to Microsoft to send you promotional OneDrive emails.
“Want 100 GB of free OneDrive storage for 1 year? It’s easy! Join Bing Rewards and earn credits when you search with Bing, then redeem them for 100 GB of OneDrive storage for one year. You can also enter to win our amazing giveaways or choose from popular gift cards,” Microsoft’s website explains.
Two years is a long time to avail a service for free. Maybe Microsoft will eventually decide to make it free for the rest of the days, but as for now, it would charge you $1.99 per month ($24 annually which is quite cheap) for its 100GB plan after two years.
The sad part is that this reward is available for US residents only. We are not sure when Microsoft plans to make it available for the rest of the world.
Although Microsoft is offering OneDrive storage completely free of charge, there IS a catch — you need to keep using Bing Search throughout the year in order to avail this and more rewards. For each search you perform, you get reward points which can then be used to earn free storage and other rewards that Microsoft plans to offer in future.
The move is obviously made to push users to start using Bing. Microsoft’s search engine has improved a lot in last few years, but it still lacks the convincing power that can make an average user ditch Google. So Microsoft is now offering rewards to make Bing popular among average users.