Microsoft lures iCloud users with 15GB free SkyDrive storage upgrade

By , Aug 7, 2013

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Oh Microsoft, you’re so cunning. Taking advantage of the impending iCloud storage downgrade, the Windows maker has tweeted out a tempting offer meant to promote its SkyDrive cloud storage service whilst luring customers away from Apple’s iCloud.

If you are a former MobileMe member and have received an email from Apple announcing your complimentary iCloud storage is expiring soon, just forward it to HelpMeSkyDrive@outlook.com to claim your fifteen gigabytes of SkyDrive storage, free for a year.

You should take advantage of the promo because Microsoft otherwise sells an additional twenty gigabytes of SkyDrive storage for ten bucks a year so that’s nearly ten bucks saved right off the bat…

Here’s Microsoft’s tweet.

The wording could have been better, by the way: MobileMe retired years ago. I bet you wish Apple downgraded you or that you didn’t delete the downgrade email.

So I went and did just that.  Within half an hour, Microsoft emailed me a code to activate my additional 15GB of free SkyDrive storage here. Just click Manage Storage on the bottom left and enter your code.

Some fine print: Voucher valid for an extra 15 GB of free SkyDrive storage for one year. Voucher must be redeemed by May 31, 2014. 15 GB storage expires one year from voucher redemption. Limit: One voucher per person. Single use only. The voucher is non-transferable.

Former MobileMe members who moved to iCloud have received a 20GB complimentary storage upgrade from Apple, now scheduled to expire on September 30, 2013.

“When it expires, your iCloud storage will be automatically adjusted to the free 5 GB plan,” Apple warns. This means your iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud and iCloud Mail may temporarily stop working should you exceed your iCloud storage plan after the September 30 cut-off date.

In case you’re wondering, paid SkyDrive storage upgrades are available in 20/50/100GB increments priced at $10/$25/$50 a year.

SkyDrive storage plans

By comparison, Apple will sell you iCloud storage upgrades in 10/20/50GB buckets for $20/$40/$100 a year. This means you’ll soon have to decide whether to drop $40 a year on a 20GB iCloud storage upgrade or bring your data usage down by around fifteen gigabytes.

Unlike SkyDrive, you can’t use the iCloud web interface to freely upload files and share them with anyone. Instead, your iCloud allowance counts against email messages, iOS device backups, app data and documents, Camera roll backups and more.

A free iCloud account comes with five gigabytes of storage versus seven gigabytes of free storage for new SkyDrive users and, for one year, an additional three gigabytes of free storage to students. Better yet, people who signed up to SkyDrive prior to April 22, 2012 could have opted-in for a limited time offer of 25GB of free storage upgrade.

Microsoft has recently updated the SkyDrive iOS client with full-resolution photos, offline access and improved support for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini devices. In addition, the Redmond giant recently released a brand new SkyDrive Pro iOS app for Office 35 subscribers.

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  • Yujin

    Free for a year? How about free for life?

  • Fermín Osorio

    No thanks. Sync an Apple product with a Microsoft Software…

    • Boss

      Apple use the Microsoft’s Azure cloud servers for iCloud
      They also use AWS as well

      • Fermín Osorio

        Yes but that is a service. If you don’t want to know about that you don’t even know or notice it. It is like Apple and Samsung battle, samsung do stuff for Apple hardware.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Really? That must explain why it NEVER EVER (that’s right I’m using capital letter to emphasise my point) works…

    • John Bussell

      Considering that SkyDrive ACTUALLY WORKS, I think it’s a pretty good idea.

      • Fermín Osorio

        Well I prefer to use iCloud. It keeps my things sync, not need too much.

      • Al

        Well, it’s okay to use both… There’s no harm it in.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Box 50GB free nuff said.

    • Altechi

      Uploads are limited to 100mb though, I changed to Copy for that reason

      • n0ahcruz3

        Thats the downside tho, atleast its free ;)

      • :/

        On my 50Gb Box acc. The max is 250Mb? I’m guessing you guys must have got your 50Gb a different way from me?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Correction its 250mb ;) not 100mb

      • Kurt

        If you got in on it early enough, say when they started the Touchpad promotion then there is no limits per file. I got in on it just a little late and am or was limited to 100megs. Perhaps they upped it too 25mb?

  • Dave Elg

    A while back Microsoft was doing a SkyDrive promotion and giving people free 25GB for life. I’m happy to say I got in on that.

    • Al

      I don’t believe it was a promotion it was for those who had existing hotmail accounts or was with Microsoft for some time, they were granted the ability to have 25GB.

      Which Apple should have done for those who had been with the shut down of MobileMe, which was a $100 annually service.

  • :/

    I have 50Gb free for life at Box and 100Gb at Shared.

  • Altechi

    I personally use Copy (also recommend dropbox), mainly due to icloud being Mac limited and I have to use both Mac and Windows in the work environment

  • YzMENTALzY

    Will it blend tho?…. I understand its 15 extra GB but it wont do backups of apps etc so in my opinion i wouldnt

  • Markus Hudobnik

    IF Apple added a really storage option within iCloud, I would jump right back in. All Apple offers me is 5 Gb to backup my phone…… that’s nothing.

    I used dropbox for awhile, I had 11 GB but with skydrive I have over 25 Gb right now.

    So staying with skydrive for the time being.

  • Kurt

    I have 25gb free with SkyDrive, 50gb free with Box, but I don’t use either. I use DropBox that only gives me 11gb. Box is nice but I can only have individual files that are up to 100megs. I have some video files on my Dropbox that are a few hundred megs. Not sure if their are limitations with SkyDrive.

    Edit: I only have 7 gb with SkyDrive. Wonder when that changed. I used to have 25gb and I think I had it for a number of years. :-s Oh well, I never used it anyways

    • Mohammed Sahib

      How did you get 11 GB on dropbox?

    • sipp11

      When they’ve changed to new UI a while ago, only regular users get the same 25GB deal. mine turned to 7GB also. XD

  • Joseph

    I like how Christian attempts to scold Microsoft at the start of the article, but going down, you see an advantage in Skydrive (the only disadvantage in this case being that it can’t sync your apps like iCloud, but just use both, then :p). For example, the prices for the same amount of storage are priced cheaper.

  • Burge

    WTF ..I’ve got 25gig for nothing..

  • Martynet

    SkyDrive? what’s that? :D

  • SteveGsays

    If you’re backup is over 5GB and you don’t want to backup to iTunes on your Mac/PC there is no other way is there?

    • http://www.creativex.in/ Ranjeet Malik

      I have 25Gigs by microsoft in 5 of my email ids, yes 5 ;) a total off 125 gigs :) and I love skydrive.