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A little over three weeks ago, Microsoft announced a forthcoming increase to OneDrive storage tiers, promising to more than double free 7GB accounts to as much as fifteen gigabytes of free cloud storage.

The Redmond company additionally promised a brand new 1TB tier for the consumer Office 365 accounts and up to seventy percent cheaper monthly subscriptions. Today, Microsoft has delivered on that promise.

That’s right, your OneDrive just got bigger…

According to a post over at the OneDrive blog, the increased storage started rolling out today and you should see it in your account soon.

Here’s a recap of the changes:

Moreover, if you use OneDrive for Business, your quota has gone from the previous (rather pedestrian) 25 gigabytes and all the way up to one terabyte.

These changes are in addition to the consumer Office 365 storage plans, which include the $6.99/$9.99 per month Office 365 Personal/Home tiers and the Ofice 365 University tier priced at $74.99 for four years.

For Office 365 Home ($9.99/mo) you’ll get 1 TB per person (up to 5 people), and with Office 365 Personal ($6.99/mo) and University ($79.99/4yr) you will get 1 TB per subscription.

This is a great follow on to our April announcement that all OneDrive for Business customers will get 1 TB of cloud storage per person too.

The jokers at Microsoft even remarked that in order to provide all this extra storage, “we added another 10 petabytes of capacity to OneDrive – Thanks Azure!”

I’m liking the new pricing scheme and tiers.

OneDrive’s 100GB tier previously used to run you $7.49 per month and now it’s just $1.99 per month. As for the 200GB bucket, it’s dropped from $11.49 to just $3.99 per month.

This is what OneDrive’s old tiers/prices looked like.

Microsoft OneDrive storage increase

For comparison’s sake, Google Drive also offers 15 GB of free storage and charges two bucks per month for an additional hundred gigabytes.

As things stand, both Microsoft and Google are now more competitive compared against the popular cloud-storage solution Dropbox, which charges $9.99/$19.99 for the 100/200GB tiers.

As for Apple, the company announced at WWDC last month new iCloud storage plans coming into effect this Fall, including 20/100GB buckets for $0.99/$3.99 per month, and a brand new 1TB option with yet-to-be-announced pricing.

Unfortunately, the free iCloud tier remains stuck at just five gigabytes.

What do you think of these new OneDrive storage plans?

  • 7GB free with OneDrive really isn’t that good and neither is Apples free 5GB. I personally feel that users should be given at least 10-20GB for free and after that then charge…

  • M_thoroughbred

    Well no MS is going to double the 7gb to 15gb. And I think that the price changes are due to iCloud in iOS 8

  • Mads Teland

    I think people should stick with Office 365 plans instead OneDrive plans because you can get 1 TB and all office apps you can install on five computers or tablets. (Office 365 Home Premium).

  • megamoo

    Got my 1 TB today finally my backup can fully go in the cloud. Comcast is not going to be happy with me this month.

  • Wish there was a way to sell GBs of online storage, got 25GB of empty storage…

  • Jared

    My only gripe with OneDrive is that the service doesn’t upload edited photos. All other cloud storage providers upload photos in edited format. MS says it’s an iOS limitation issue. BS.

    • James Gunaca

      It it’s pulling content from the Camera Roll, the edits to those images (done in Camera app) are non-destructive edits, meaning it’s the Camera & Photos apps that can recognize the metadata for the edits you’ve done (crops, filters, redeye fixes, etc.). OneDrive would only read the photo from Camera Roll and not the metadata-applied changes to that photo (which would require iOS store two copies of the photo in memory).

      iOS 8 should aim to fix this, I think.

      • disqusted

        He speaks the truth. The original photo is untouched during edits, a metadata file is created that describes how to crop and apply the edits. How else do you think you can crop a pic, then go back into it and uncrop, restoring the part that was removed? Exactly. James seems to know this much about iOS.

  • Andreas

    ‘[…] Office 365 Personal/Home tiers and the Ofice 365 University tier priced at $74.99 for four years.’
    Ofice pls

  • GzyOnline

    I LOVED skydrive.. until they disabled remote access to entire hard drives on your computer with Win8/8.1 updates… JERKS!!!

    On a side note-this is great news! Thanks for posting!! ;-D

  • Burge

    So happy I kept the original 25gb.That is now 28gb..

  • Matt Dowdy

    turning on camera upload gives you an additional 3gb of free storage so you get 18gb, i think i wil replace dropbox with this