Microsoft Goes Back On Unlimited OneDrive for Business Cloud Storage
Microsoft has gone against its promise of unlimited OneDrive for Business storage for all organizations, announcing that only premium Office 365 subscribers will get access to limitless cloud storage.
This comes as a surprise, considering that the OneDrive blogpost announced that unlimited storage would be on the Office 365 road map. Microsoft itself though never officially suggested that every paying organization using OneDrive for Business would get limitless cloud capacity.
This move is obviously going to be unpopular with budget companies who acquired the service in thought of getting more bang for their buck. According to Microsoft, the decision was made to ensure that OneDrive helps users to be productive, and to avoid behaving as an online backup service.
Organizations using Microsoft’s Office 365 and Office 365 Government E3, E4 and E5 plans, along with Office 365 Education, OneDrive for Business Plan 2, and SharePoint Online Plan 2 will still get access to unlimited storage though.
The upgrade will begin rolling out to all users on those platforms who are on plans from 1 TB of storage to 5 TB of storage between now and March 2016.
Although it goes against what was previously suggested, offering unlimited storage exclusively to premium members isn’t an alien decision in the world of cloud services. Google does the same thing with Google Drive, while Box has a similar system for its DropBox storage service.