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All Office 365 subscribers to get free unlimited OneDrive cloud storage space

Microsoft is now giving all of its Office 365 subscribers free unlimited cloud storage space via its OneDrive service. The roll out will begin today and will continue over the next several months. That means people will be able to store any amount of data on OneDrive for as low as $6.99 a month with an Office 365 Personal subscription.

Microsoft says, "We've started rolling this out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers" adding that people who want to be one of the first to access the unlimited OneDrive storage can go to a special website to put themselves in front of the line. OneDrive for Business customers will be able to access the unlimited space sometime in 2015.

Microsoft added:

"While unlimited storage is another important milestone for OneDrive we believe the true value of cloud storage is only realized when it is tightly integrated with the tools people use to communicate, create, and collaborate, both personally and professionally. That is why unlimited storage is just one small part of our broader promise to deliver a single experience across work and life that helps people store, sync, share, and collaborate on all the files that are important to them, all while meeting the security and compliance needs of even the most stringent organizations."

If you are an Office 365 customer, what will you use your unlimited amount of OneDrive space to store?

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

200 Comments
  • Whoa that's big.
  • Been thinking of subscribing to this for a while.
  • Maybe big, but for many it is useless. While I only have about 6 Gigs of business data, I am constrained by the 20,000 file / directory sync limit.  I have, and need access to, about 50,000 items. I've not found any pending solution, just echos of the complaint.  Has anyone head anything about increasing this limit?  
  • Gunzip your files before syncing. If your using windows, use a command line zip (WinZip has this) and robocopy the zip to Onedrive.
  • "Duh" problem is not loading lots of files.  These solutions are well covered in the N / MS / WPC support pages.  (And in the above reply.) The problem is the :            20,000 file & folder       sync limit Any constructive help on sync limits would be appreciated. (Esp. MS removing this limit . . .  ) Thanks  
  • One annoying thing about OneDrive for Business (to me) is that it isn't anywhere near as good as OneDrive Personal yet, which I think is great. I've struggled to make use of OneDrive for Business personally, but a number of people at work use it and like it. I don't like it much for reasons such as those you point out, and it's all pretty much down to SharePoint restrictions. Small, but annoying things such as File type restrictions A few more restricted characters in file names than usual The 20,000 item limit I think they are working towards making it better, it just feels like it's taking a long time.
  • How can Google Drive and Dropbox compete with this??? Wow!
  • Yeah GDrive with their $100 a month for a few terabytes.. It's kinda crushed when officr 365 has 100000 x infnity terabytes :P
  • Because, sadly, most people stop listening once they see it's a Microsoft product
  • Speak for yourself! I start listening when I see it's MS, and many others too! MS is one reliable company that's for sure!
  • Then why is it that every mac user I know have the microsoft office icon's pinned to the bottom of the screen?
  • Most mac users I know are using neo office/Libra office/google docs
  • Sorry but most mac users I know are either running bootcamp or parallels. Why do you think that is so? Because MS office is simply unmatched. No other office solution even comes close. VBA for office alone surpasses practically all other solutions. There's a reason office is more expensive than windows itself. It's simply the best office tool available, bar none!
  • From where you got this idea, normal people listen when it´s Microsoft, high level of products and the prices is okay.
  • I get that idea from looking at the market share of WP. I love MS products, but I'm not blind. Everywhere I look people are using Google products - from email, to phones, browsers, search engine and google docs and drive.
  • Important not to forget that Microsoft is "old" and so much more than just Phone. I of course realize that the platform is important more than ever. However office365 is not at all focused towards Windows Phone, more so to the 4-500million hotmail/live/outlook.com users. It might be worth to mention 99% of global pc users on both Windows and Mac.
  • It´s not about WP, it´s about Office 365.
  • One word: Momentum. People will continue to use those services because that's what they use currently. Also Google can just flip on the unlimited switch anytime they to.
  • I need to buy one of those switches. Home Depot?
  • Lowes.
    Right between the Toilets and the Lights. You really can't miss them
  • True, but sometimes there are compelling enough reasons to switch services. This one sounds good if you are heavily invested in the cloud!
  • OneDrive has some file extension limitations that the others don't. Also, I find the sharing in OneDrive For Business less friendly than Dropbox.
  • Unless you have Windows 8.1.... then it's awesome.
  • Simple - the #1 ask on the MS Community forums for SkyDrive / OneDrive for the last 3-years has been the ability to share a directory and have it appear on your local OneDrive folder structure. If you are use to Dropbox, Box.net or any other file sharing service this is simply how it works, yet not for Microsoft. In a collaboration environment they can give me all the HD space they want, yet my 2GB dropbox account is more useful. Roger
  • And yet with dropbox if you share the directory it counts against both quotas (unless that's been fixed) which I think is enough reason not to use the feature.
  • To you, that's an issue. To paying power users that do not worry about size, it is not an issue. Those people, the OP is saying, will not switch to Onedrive since not being able to share a directory and have it appear on your local folder structure, is a serious handicap. 
  • This is exactly right, we have Onedrive for Business and Office 365 at work yet I still se my Dropbox account bcause it's simply more intuitive and user freindly. My Onedrive sync folder is currently sitting with little red Xs next to all the files due to todays random weird sync problem.
  • Seems larger
  • I hear that all the time
  • I hear that all the time
  • That's what she said.
  • She?
  • And faster...
  • That's amazing
  • Really!!! :O
    I can store all my .dng images and videos from my Lumia 1020... :)
  • Is a joke? I am university user. Nice Microsoft.
  • You're clearly not going to school for English though.
  • I am from Spain tolai.
  • Hahaha...gud one;)
  • Very nice...im all over this
  • Wow, insane.
  • Way to go Microsoft!
  • I have being trying hard to set up office 365 but it does not let me do so...I am here in India, does anyone know why is it happening???
  • try contacting the customer service . they are really helpful and friendly and will fix your problem like they mine.  
  • MS is on a mission!
  • What will I store? Everything!
  • My bro has 1 TB already in his OneDrive!! And now this..All a waste as he hasn't uploaded a thing yet..!!
  • That's probably what this is about. Most won't use that much. But many will switch to Office365 over this despite not using much.
  • I'm sure there are some customers that do use a lot of cloud storage. Those customers will definitely need to consider switching to OneDrive if Google doesn't respond.
  • Even if Google does respond on the cloud storage front, Microsoft is still offering Microsoft Office with the package, plus Office Online, and Google can't compete with that.
  • Nice!
  • Good news.
  • That's awesome. Signed up for 4 years as a student last year.
  • "Home, Personal, and University"... That includes Enterprise right? It better lol I love my 1TB but Unlimited? Oh god... I can't even... Hopefully the upload size is higher for 365 too. 10GB upload still isnt good enough for me.
  • "OneDrive for Business customers will be able to access the unlimited space sometime in 2015."
  • That is the main problem. I wouldnt be able to store a crypted container in there with a decent file limit
  • Is this NSA-friendly though? I'm joking, I'm joking.   Jeez, imagine we pioneer users of Windows Live Folders started with just 5GB back in 2007! Good ol' memories
  • Was it even 5GB? For some reason I thought it was less than that.
  • Then when it renamed to SkyDrive they changed it to 25gb right? But the only way to use it was through a browser?
  • I'm start thinking of making my account as file hosting service :D
  • Lol!!
  • Now everyone needs a high speed internet...:-)
  • Exactly...
  • I don't know anyone with slow speed. At least not in the last 12 years.
  • Where are you? 2025?
  • If you refer to the United States as 2025, than yes.
  • I'm in the US and I only have 9MB down (suppose to get 15 down, but that would be too nice for Comcast), so I still don't get what you're saying. I mean, good for you for living in a place that has a strong connection, but you're definitely not speaking for everyone.
  • 9GB isn't slow speed internet.
  • It's less than half the average global speed.... Yes it is with today's technology. Good luck trying to use OneDrive for anything if someone is streaming Netflix in the next room.
  • You mean 9 MB right? 9 GB down would be insanely fast internet.
  • If you're getting 9Gb speeds expect a massive bill from Comcast in your immediate future.
  • ......... I derped up lol
  • Come 2 india :)
  • If India is so bad, why not just move?
  • Come to India. I'm using WPC on dial up lol
  • Yep. So that we can use OneDrive files as our real file system.
  • Here in Florida, 1.7 mb/s download. Slow enough?
  • This is one of the reasons I love Microsoft.
  • WOW! This subscription REALLY pays off! 5 Office licenses, AND unlimited cloud storage?! Wow. Just wow.
  • Wow
  • Wow again
  • Wow again to your wow again
  • Pwn.
  • :O
  • Holy crap woohoo!
  • Woah! Who saw that coming?
  • Not even Nadella saw that coming! /kidding...
    That's Nadella right there bringing the "cloud first" dream come true...
    Way to go Nadella!!
    Keep 'em coming...
  • LOL they will put all the SAN on the Moon??
  • FATALITY!
  • Flawless Victory :D
  • BRUTALITY
  • I guess I have no excuses to hop on the 365 bandwagon :)
  • Yahooo! (oops)
  • I guess they realised people aren't going to fill up that terabyte anyway and what sounds better to the general public a 'terabyte' or 'unlimited'
  • Marketing at its best... And perception. You do make a point thought. I don't see myself using 1TB anytime soon but unlimited? Wow. Although they may have to raise the file limit again. It's already at 10GB.
  • Great point.  Smart move by MS!
  • If you look at their server products, it's really not that farfetched. Windows Server 2012 R2 has data deduplication, so our 1TB of files was already being deduplicated down to a few hundred gigs of actual consumed storage. So yes its a perception thing but also, if only the top .05% actually use more than a TB, there really is enough capacity there to call it unlimited.
  • This was my thoughts exactly, even as a business, we will be unlikely to use 1Tb ... unless yuor soring a whole load of downloaded HD movie files, it's unlikely yuou need 1Tb. The biggest thing they need to fix is the storag eavailable for Team Sites with Sharepoint under Office 365, why is that 10Gb and Onedrive is unlimited.
  • While I certainly don't mind unlimited storage, I doubt I'll feel the difference between the 1 TB I already had and the unlimited I'm going to get. For my purposes, Microsoft went umlimited when they bumped me to 1 TB.
  • Yeah that's the point, kind if like the way insurance works lol!
  • With you on that, even with all my pictures from my phone going up it will probably take me 10 years to fill up a terabite but I am not moaning about a very generous offer :-)       Bob
  • Holy shit, I may subscribe to Office365 just for this!! Way to go Microsoft!!
  • Now if i can find a way to put a encrypted container in there which takes care of modifying efficiently and respects the file size upload limit .. wooooshhh
  • No. I will not pay more. The amount of space I already have is sufficient enough.
  • Whoa, this one's gonna suck those who praise google, apple....
    Thanks Microsoft...
  • Microsoft is gonna kill the competition with this move. Using Office 365 to push cloud usages and use OneDrive to push Office 365. They are absolutely gonna be king of the cloud! Dont get Sgroogled! Use OneDrive! LOL just joking, right ;-)
  • Peopel will find whatever excuse to say dropbox or gdrive is better... especially if it has the Microsoft logo on it and you need a Microsoft account to use it.   I already read that... so I am not making it up. people who seem to complain about things they don't use like someone said "3rd party 150mb file size limitation" or "5000 files upload limit within 5 hours" like if everyone uploaded 5k+ files every 10 seconds. this is for consumers, I don't know how people can do that. I mean it's not like I will upload 3dsmax 2015 folder to onedrive.... (3dsmax has 28k files in my computer even if I haven't installed some plugins that would help increase it), you understand my point... also it's silly to complain about something that doesn't happen often. also the same person said "you can't share to a person and it won't appear in their onedrive directory" like if it was too hard to use the website. I don't complain about sharing it through it, and I honeslty don't expect people to even have the onedrive app or windows 8/10 installed to access those files as a directory.   so my point is, people will find a reason to complain even if it doesn't affect or kill them. I mean is it so bad to use the onedrive website? I sometimes would rather upload it through it than drag and drop to the onedrive folder. it works the same, to me anyway.
  • That is a knockout punch to Google Drive/Dropbox and any other competitor really. I mean the only way they can really compete with this is if they offer the same insanely awesome deal.
  • This is a great move by Microsoft... But why do Business users have to wait until "sometime 2015" to get the same thing, when the subscription costs more.
  • Google who?
  • That's a big F.U. to the competitors
  • My Office 365 University subscription keeps getting better and better :) 1TB was already very nice, unlimited will be great!
  • I have a similar office 365 from my university account, is there anyway to link it to my personal account so all my currently stored files on my (personal) onedrive enjoys this unlimited storage.
  • That's the university's office 365 business (education) account, so you can't transfer it to a personal account. There's two types of Office 365, one for consumers (orange site) and one for businesses (blue site), in this announcement they're talking about Office 365 University SKU http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/university/ which university students purchase for £60 ($70-$80) and comes with 4 years membership.
  • Pls someone tell me the can I save games on cloud storage from my phone?
  • Are there restrictions on storing media? I currently have all my DVDs stored on about 8tbs of hard disc space for home media streaming, this could be a good option for cheap offsite back up that is unless there are content restrictions in force
  • Whats ur net speed dude /?
  • Oh, like 1074GB isn't enough for me yet!
  • How they make money then??? Can anyone explain plz
  • MS and a lot of companies have been trying to sell subscription services for years, but we are funny animals and most of us prefer to buy outright so they get a surge of income when a new version of office comes out, if they can persuade most users to move to subscription they get a steadier income stream. To be honest 365 was a good deal before the 1TB offer came out, to get the same amount of Office I get if I purchased rather than 365 I would probably have 20 years subscription, with the added bonus of having the latest versions instead of old stuff. This just sweatens the deal and should encourage more takeup. And I suppose they know full well that the majority of us won't really fill up a TB anyway so they get a fanstastic marketing ploy (And good luck to them) for not much extra cost, yes there will be some folk who dump tons of stuff up, but most wont.   So it will pay very well for MS if they basically make 365 the defacto money stream whilst keeping very happy customers. Think of it this way, Libre Office = Free but not as good and not Office with no cloud, or Office 365 = X per year it's proper Office and unlimited streaming, I know what my money is on, so glad I signed up to 365.   Bob
  • That's the trend, that's the future present, like it or not.
  • Cloud computing doesn't suits india... Now and forever.. Its because of poor internet services.. Most of us use these clouds for just photo backup and some other stuff...
  • If they can convince my ISP to not cap my usage, this could be useful.
  • Well apart from setting a new yard stick, something bigger than 1tb for personal use seems... Unnecessary. Still, it is something to be praised.
  • +OneDrive +Microsoft
  • Unlimited? Are they sure they aren't biting more than they can chew?
  • Who's really gonna store more than the current limit size? Just a handful, and look at the market impact, infinite storage is more appealing than 10+extra storage, but in reality doesn't make lot of difference in terms of storage.
  • Don't worry, they ain't stuffing stuff into their mouths...
    I mean, seriously, how many people have actually filled up their 1 Tb cloud drive?
    At least i didn't... Not even close!
    So if people ain't gonna use too much of it, then its not a great loss...
  • Office 365 is and has always been an example of "Just when you thought it couldn't get better...". This elevates the game on a battlefield that Microsoft can dominate on. Classic example of changing the battleground on which the battle is fought and changing the rules of engagement. Google meanwhile will quake at this represents an unlimited cloud storage area that their bots cannot traverse (spy on) in the consumer/educational space and later in the expanded business space. Game-changed. The new Microsoft CEO is already rocking the boat and backing up his "Cloud First" words with action. He gets that you want everyone using your cloud on whichever device they choose. Smart.
  • I will be using this to drop Carbonite and do full system backups to OneDrive. The 1TB was plenty for my 256GB laptop, but unlimited will be enough for laptop and desktop. Yes, it will be somewhat complicated, but I can use Acronis to create the system image over the network to a 3 TB drive and then set that to upload to OneDrive and mark it for online-only in Win 8. It will be an almost completely automated process - perhaps I'll need to write a script for the last part, but easy enough. I suspect this is all in anticipation for the Windows 10 launch. There was rumored code for a full system backup a few months back. With the increase to 10GB file size limit, I think they are just getting themselves ready!
  • ^Exactly. I've been holding off on online backup systems for something like this with OneDrive. With OneDrive built into Windows, I can use something like SyncToy to do my backups every week or so. I'm just need a mirror of my files anyways, don't need to have historical referrences so this is perfect!
  • To infinity and beyond!
  • That's not flying.... it's falling with style!
  • I don't know how our what I will store in my 30GB limit and now unlimited storage is a waste of space for me.
  • You can't argue with infinite!
  • Wowza...
    This is awesome news. I already had a terabyte... Now unlimited. Wow!!
  • Woooooa
  • Cat pictures
  • Will the usage be terminated when my 365 gets expired
  • Usually what happens when subscriptions expire is the OneDrive goes into read only mode until you move files off it down to below the free limit. They probably won't delete your stuff right away
  • Anyway, my college subscription still have four years to go. Let it be.
  • Unlimited, that boggles the mind... I don't even use a lot of space on my 1TB storage. But one thing they really need to improve on is the experience of using Onedrive's mobile experiences that aren't from Microsoft e.g. iOS.
  • Now we need a faster way to browse folders on windows phone and iOS apps, when you have a Lumia 1020 and 20 GB on Camera Roll Folder, it's impossible to see anything
  • Oh man, I'm going to "Xbox, record that" the crap out of this. Now my potential for spamming my friends with awesome Ultra combos in Killer Instinct has become infnite!
  • Nice idea! I keep forgetting about that feature and that it gets saved to the cloud.
  • No problem 30gb is enough for me to keep my documents and pics and pdfs
  • When you have auto backup your camera roll on a Lumia 1020 it's not enough
  • For me I told you guys enjoyed
  • Um... O_O What the F am I supposed to store there now???
  • Good news. I will start to evaluate one drive Vs dropbox
  • WOW!
  • Ok. I propose this to clear all the doubts. I an actually quite interested. Lets say we flag who was within 10% of filling their old 1TB? Me: No!
  • "Unlimited" apparently means 10TB - http://puu.sh/csUSU/e8abce70ae.png But hey, 10TB is good for me since the price doesn't change. Thanks Microsoft! :-)
  • That's more than average Joe would use. And remember if you have home office its per user :)
  • I presume they're going to make everyone 10TB, then do a second rollout to say unlimited.
  • Hourly full system state backups
  • Wow that's great!
  • Yay for Microsoft:D
  • Done and done.  Waiting on my email to confirm when I get it added.
  • Google Drive R.I.P
  • Does this mean I could just back up my entire HDD to OneDrive? Because that makes it a real bargain.
  • Would take ages lol
  • Well..... Sort of... This offer is limited to 10 million individual files, so you'd have to check how many you have, but conceivably, yes you could.
  • Microsoft is really aggressive when it comes to cloud.
  • Nadella...
  • Epic
  • Been using it for things like PortableApps synced trough all my devices for example. Not to mention the normal photo backup etc.
  • Does it work well? I am thinking about doing the same, but what if you run one application on two devices (laptop and desktop) at one time?
  • Would be nice if all Windows Phone users got as well, would make me stay :)
  • Just subscribe to Office and it'll be useable anywhere you have a onedrive app.
  • HOLY SHIT!!!! Full Microsoft Office and UNLIMITED cloud storage for pricing options starts at $7/year? That's just.... Oh my god... That's unbeatable...
  • That would be $7/Month. Which is still a damn good deal, for just the space issued (@1tb size even). When you throw in the full version of MS Office, it's hands down the best deal out there.
  • Oh yeah, sorry! My bad, caught up in the euphoria.
  • I tried Google Drive when I had iPhone and found it terrible, that was when I switched to OneDrive. But for some reason Google Drive was like an unwanted stalker girlfriend the way it behaved on my phone and tablet. It would constantly upload my pics and videos to Google+ and YouTube, you can never delete them...the creepy part came new years eve when they sent me a video montage of my pics and videos I didn't give them permission to upload. I'll never use Google Drive again, when you do they force you into every damn thing Google.
  • Amazing from 1tb to unlimited I'm so happy
  • Ok. So does this mean that the object limit on the drive is no longer an issue? You can say that there's all the space in the world, but if I still have a 20K object limit then storage size is irelevant. 
  • Nice.
  • Damn - that is a hell of a power play by Microsoft. Now all they need to do is give us a Google Music style app so I can cache my OneDrive music collection to my phone... Oh, and would they kindly sort out a new high end Windows Phone device! I need an upgraded 1020! 
  • I understand (though only through rumor) that Xbox music will support that feature in the near future with your posted music that doesn't match up to Xbox Music itself. I don't know where I heard it, but I believe a Microsoft rep talking about the service mentioned something....here's hoping
  • Great news
  • Score!!! Yep, that sold me. Setting up my subscription in a few weeks :)
  • Wow, now I am really interested in using Office 365! Good job, MS.
  • Do you have to pay monthly ? Or can you pay yearly??
  • Yup. You just buy a one year subscription. And if you buy it with a laptop or tablet or whatever, most places will even give you a 20 dollar discount.
  • Am I high?
  • Maybe :p
  • And this is cool :)
  • Mwahahaha
  • Keep in mind if you are a US student, your institution probably uses Office 365 for student and staff edu emails.
  • Dropped my Dropbox just a week ago. Was a real eye opener to see my my storage go from 500gb to 7. OneDrive is a tremendous value.
  • I'm getting Google fiber next month and was going to use Google drive to store VM image backups as well as get rid of Carbonite, but now I will use O365 one drive instead.
  • Starting to upload all my music today... Then I'll tell Xbox Music to look at my 'Music' folder in the OneDrive share and bam... Now if only the Xbox Music app natively stored to OneDrive :)
  • Backing up my music collection as we speak.
  • Crazy. Just crazy.
  • Wow. Between 10GB file size limits and now unlimited storage, now I can finally store my 5TB+ of movies. No more worries about HDD failures.
  • Will WP user get this unlimited storage? If yes, that sounds awesome ..
  • Aaaaaaand this is the moment where Office crushes Google Docs.
  • Hooray! So awesome to get this. I was shocked when I saw the email from Microsoft this morning. I'm already a big fan of OneDrive, so this is a huge bonus.
  • Guess I might as well upload my entire NAS drive.
  • well investigated in using the cloud...slowwwww took 48 hours plus to upload a few video files, it might take a month to upload one of my 1TB hard drives ...had ms themselves confirm to me in a live chat session that big videos are a "headache" (and this it 2/3GB we're talking,  not huge) the streaming sucks too and downloading a video for a good viewing experience, another hour plus.  I can;t be stuffed with it. I had the 200GB offer, am cancelling and just going back to the 15GB for docs and pics.  seriously y'all what are you stuffing all those terabytes with in  the cloud? what?