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Microsoft eyes Google Drive with increase in free Onedrive storage offering

Also announced price cuts to cloud storage service
Mon Jun 23 2014, 17:08

Microsoft rebrands SkyDrive as OneDriveMICROSOFT ANNOUNCED plans to overhaul its Onedrive cloud storage service to compete with Google Drive on Monday.

In a blog post, Microsoft announced that as of this week it will give users 15GB of free Onedrive storage, more than doubling its previous 7GB offering and matching the amount offered by Google Drive.

"Our data tells us that [three] out of [four] people have less than 15GB of files stored on their PC," Microsoft said. "Factoring in what they may also have stored on other devices, we believe providing 15GB for free right out of the gate - with no hoops to jump through - will make it much easier for people to have their documents, videos, and photos available in one place."

Microsoft also announced that Microsoft Office 365 subscribers, a list of people which likely includes those using Microsoft Office on Apple's iPad, will soon get 1TB of Onedrive storage, up from 20GB. This means, for example, that those signed up to Microsoft Office 365 Personal will get access to Microsoft Office applications and 1TB storage for £5.99 per month.

This follows Microsoft's announcement in April that Onedrive for Business customers will also get 1TB of free storage.

In a further bid to lure customers away from Google's cloud storage service, Microsoft also announced an overhaul to its Onedrive pricing today. The firm announced that 100GB of storage will cost £1.99 going forward while 200GB will cost £3.99, less than half the present cost.

Microsoft said that these prices will take effect "in the next month", adding that existing subscribers will be moved to the new, cheaper prices. µ

 

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