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Selected OneDrive users are getting a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal

Late last year, Microsoft announced that it would reduce free OneDrive storage from 15GB to 5GB and discontinue unlimited storage for Office 365 users. Microsoft's reasoning behind the move was that users were abusing the unlimited storage, storing up to 75TB in a single account. After user backlash, Microsoft reversed its decision, letting users opt-in to keep the 15GB storage.

In addition, Microsoft stated that users that have over 5GB of content stored on the service will be eligible to receive a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal for free. For those waiting for the promotion, it looks like Microsoft is sending out emails through which users can claim the offer:

As you know, the amount of storage that comes with most OneDrive accounts is changing from 15 GB to 5 GB. You previously confirmed your desire to keep your 15 GB of free storage (and the 15 GB camera roll bonus if you have it).* As a result, your account will not be affected by these changes.We also want to extend an offer that we are making available to users who are close to or will be over the new storage limits. You can claim a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.** This subscription includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage. We want to apologize for any inconvenience these changes may have caused you. We listened to our users' feedback, and we are committed to making OneDrive the best option for people who want to be productive and do more.Thank you for using OneDrive. – The OneDrive Team

According to the discussion on Reddit, you'll need a valid credit card to avail the offer. If you're not interested in renewing Office 365 after one year, be sure to turn off auto-renewal.

Anyone else received the email from Microsoft yet?

Thanks str8jacket for the tip!

102 Comments
  • Yes I'm one of them but having trouble in applying credit card details...always shows error.Anyone in India successfully subscribed to it
  • Yes, i am in india and got it successfully.. Don't follow the link in the email.. Go to one drive site and click on upgrade.. U will find this offer and proceed from there
  • Sri, i have also got mail and i tried to upgrade through link and as u suggested from onedrive site also but it taking me to UK page where my zip code and and country code for mobile is showing wrong, definetly it has to beacuse its UK page. How you did it ?
  • its taking me to UK page again and again where my Zip code and country code comming wrong. I tried through link in mail and seperatly through website. What to do ?
  • change the language to English-India
  • Fix the title "Selected"
  • Yes, my card was successfully saved for auto renewal
  • So make sure you turn off auto renewal... else you'll lose $70 after a year! The safer way to do this is to use a Visa gift card with a minimum value. You can even spend the money elsewhere within a year. So no worries on auto renewal and you're safe even if your card details are stolen!
  • I got the mail. Any idea how i can claim it, i don't have a credit card??
  • Raj, its taking me to UK page where my zip code and and country code for mobile is showing wrong, definetly it has to beacuse its UK page. How you did it ?
  • I got it by going to my onedrive and choosing upgrade from there... details entered fine, whole process took like 2 minutes.
  • I'm going to have to check this... No email from them yet.
  • I didn't get an email either :')
  • Dhruv, i have also got mail and i tried to upgrade through link and as u suggested from onedrive site also but it taking me to UK page where my zip code and and country code for mobile is showing wrong, definetly it has to beacuse its UK page. How you did it ?
  • Vivek, when you go to Onedrive, click on storage options, then when you see the offer for the free upgrade, above that to the right there should be a link that says "Prices in: whatever currency it shows for you (change it to INR India if you're in India)" It should be just under your storage level indicator. Once you've clicked that, you can then choose to upgrade for free and it should take you to the desired site. Hope this helps!
  • I don't get that email. I'm go to Onedrive upgrade section and there is free option but when I'm click I still have to pay. There is no $0.00 or in my case RM0.00. How do I proceed? Currently I using 15.8GB from 15GB (+15GB) and 100GB (free reward) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Same case for me. it's succesfully redirect into microsoft store malaysia version. but price is not strike nor become 0 like if I click in email link. any solution ?
  • When I get a notification and go to action it, the option comes up with "add repy" reply spelt incorrectly. Fix this windows central
  • Yeah this has to be fixed! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Does anyone know if I lose my 15GB (+15GB) if I take the O365 offer and don't renew after one year?
  • no but you will be charged unless u turn off auto renewal
  • Are you sure? I`m afraid that MS can be terminate its commitment
  • What's yours it's yours. Even if you do not redeem the offer, you'll keep your current storage. So, I don't see any reason for Microsoft to take even that space away from those who do not renew the offer.
  • "If you exceed your remaining storage space when the subscription expires, you'll be able to view, share, and download files on your OneDrive, but you won't be able to upload files until you buy more storage or free up space." - Support.office.com
  • It seems its only for people living in USA :-/
  • Nope, I live in Denmark and I got the offer this morning. 
  • Nope I received the offer too, and live in UK
  • UK, got it too
  • No, I got one too, live in Europe.
  • I`m from Russia and I am recieved this offer too
  • Sweden too
  • I'm from Brazil and I got it too. :)
  • I live in australia and i got it a while ago Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • First three people that commented got it nd they are from India Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
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  • I live in usa and never got the offer
  • I got it
    Saudi Arabia
  • Naah, first try is free, and then you are hooked. I just keep my 15+15+10 gb of free onedrive storage for now :)
  • I got it, all working here in Australia
  • Got the e-mail yesterday, accepted the offer right away, uninstalled Office 2013, installed Office 2016 for free. Thanks Microsoft, everything works as intended! Location Denmark btw!
  • if you dont re-subscribe to office 365 after 1 year then office 2016 will stop working on your PC.
  • Not true, Office 2016 will continue to run you just won't receive newer versions and you lose the 1TB of OneDrive storage.
  • I think you do lose office 2016 from working, you can only use it as ead only
  • Yep. Only reading and printing files
  • If I decide not to continue the subscription, I'll just uninstall and reinstall 2013. Can't really see the big difference to be honest...
  • Can't I just keep 2013 installed, use the free year of 2016 coming with 365 and then uninstall 2016 and go back to using 2013? (if I don't want to extend the subscription)
  • Yes, you can keep them installed (AFAIK, because that is with the standard version, not the Office 365 ones. Maybe give it a try)
  • So what happens if you already have Office 365? Are we still getting a year?
  • your subscription offer gets decreased to only one device
  • Yeah does anyone know if the offer is included for existing Office 365 users? Darko
  • Doesn't look like it. I'm subscribed, and I don't see anything.
  • Any existing office 365 personal users who got an email from Microsoft regarding this?
  • Not yet. Sent from Windows Central app for Windows 10.
  • No Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You can now also earn up to 10gb extra storage instead of the 5gb extra by inviting others to OneDrive. I think this is new. Sent from an alien space ship with a Lumia 950
  • That offer has been there for years, but thanks for the reminder. I had totally forgotten. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Previously the max was 5gb. Now 10gb. That hasn't been for years. Its new. Sent from an alien space ship with a Lumia 950
  • true
  • I'm having additional 100GB for subscribe of XBox Music Service and using the XBox Music App (Renamed now to Groove) on Windows Phone. The additional storage was granted to allow me to save my personal MP3 Collection to OneDrive and stream it then to my devices, but in fact the storage can be used for any type of file. As I get this some time ago, I'm not sure if this offering is still available. But at least I have 1.13 GB available storage by now (Office365 and some additional bonuses, which dont get lost for subscribe to office365)
  • I have L730 with OneDrive(130gb) storage. Indian! ^^
  • The link in the email takes me to the US store, where it is free.
    How the heck do I get it for free in the UK?
  • Mobile First, Cloud First - First what? to go?
  • i tried to turn off auto-renewal but the site prompts me to cancel my subscription. Can I somehow turn off auto renewal without cancelling my 1 year free subscription? Thanks
  • Cancelling the subscription won't cancel what you've already redeemed.
  • When i click turn off auto-renewal i get the following message: "End your Office 365 subscription? By canceling, you will lose access to Office apps, 1TB of your OneDrive storage, and monthly Skype minutes." Continue Cancellation?
  • The key is the first part of that message
  • Sounds like scare tactics to me. It would be absurd for it to undo what you've already paid for.
  • It is a scare tactic. If you press "Cancel anyways", you are brought to the auto-renewal cancel page...
  • That's right. Thanks!
  • Hey! I'm from Argentina, I didn't got any email from Microsoft, but I went to OneDrive's webpage, and under Storage Upgrade I had "Get Office 365 Personal for free" $0.00/year ($999.00/year before).. So I'll take an approach to this offer before it expires
  • I'm from Czech Republic and on OneDrive website I have offer to 1 Year free subscription O365 under Upgrade
  • Already received the email 2 weeks go. Yeah, nothing beats free
  • It is also available for myself and should be redeemed by 15th of August 2016
  • The 15 to 5Gb move from Microsoft is what stopped me to switch from all Google to all MS cloud services. It probably played against my will of buying a win 10 phone too. I'll wait to see if Google goes on UWP train before switching.
  • I was interested in this but it says that you are not allowed if you have groove subscription... "Valid only if you are an original recipient of this offer; are a OneDrive free plan subscriber without an existing paid OneDrive, Office 365 or Groove Music subscription, have over 5 GB of content stored on OneDrive and are not already using more than your storage allotment as of January 15th, 2016."
  • This sucks going to try myself when I get to work
  • So they are rewarding the customers that were abusing the system that caused the storage reduction and the rest of us that used it normally get the short sharp.
    Well dome ms.
  • 5GB is hardly abuse lol. I'm using nearly double that from my automatic camera roll backups alone.
  • The people who were abusing the system were already office 365 subscribers so no. They don't get rewarded because this offer is only for those that don't have office 365 already.
  • I didn't received an email, but I can upgrade. I'll be doing it for the 1 TB of data, since my school already has Office365 Pro Plus for it's students.
  • MS offered UNLIMITED storage, turns out that students at education institutions were recording lectures and storing them in the same place...very cool if you ask me and in no way in breach of Microsofts offering of UNLIMITED storage.  Myself I have 2TB of all sorts of things.  I, like everyone else have been penalised when in fact it would have been extremely easy for MS to warn those institutions BEFORE lieing and punishing EVERYONE collectively and giving a lame excuse.....Mobile First, Cloud First....LOL what are they thinking.  Anyways, build your own cloud, its faster with full control.  Microsoft need a new tag line...actually no, they seem to destroy everything mentioned within it.  Ive gone from Loving MS to Sceptical, from loving Satya Nadella to WTF are you doing!  Still better than Apple and Google IMO, they need to really get thier house in order.  Whatsapp has left Skype behind, Todoist has left Wunderlist behind, Amazon Cloud offering has left Onedrive behind.  They still have W10 and Office, I pray they dont screw those up.
  • k
  • Yes that's fine but when people store 75TB of pirated movies and music then unlimited storage has to go.
  • So what? they are the ones offering unlimted, same way Amazon are now.
  • Will I lose the Office 2013 license tied to my MSA if I accept the offer? Because for some reason it's listed as a subscription, and I don't think you can have more than one Office subscription per account.
  • Sweet. Got it.
  • It's funny, one of the 100GB offers I had from before expired at the beginning of the month. When I went to look at what options were there I had the offer for the free year which I jumped all over. Just another reason some of my friends have called me a MS fanboy, but hey, if they treat me right why wouldn't I be?
  • That's just stupd.. Why Credit Card when it is free?
  • I have the 1tb available but it did not ask me for credit card info
  • هل تواجه مشكلة في عرض هذه الرسالة؟ انقر هنا.
    OneDrive تغييرات هامة على OneDrive كما تعلم، جار تغيير كمية التخزين الواردة مع معظم حسابات OneDrive من 15 غيغابايت إلى 5 غيغابايت. وقد قمت بالتأكيد من قبل على رغبتك في الإبقاء على مساحتك التخزينية التي تبلغ 15 غيغابايت (ومساحة إضافية لشريط الكاميرا قدرها 15 غيغابايت إذا كانت لديك).* وكنتيجة لذلك، لن يتأثر حسابك بهذه التغييرات.
    كما نريد أيضًا تمديد أحد العروض التي نعمل على إتاحتها للمستخدمين الذين شارفوا على الوصول إلى الحدود التخزينية الجديدة أو تجاوزوها. يمكنك المطالبة بالاشتراك المجاني لمدة عام واحد إلى Office 365 Personal.** يشمل هذا الاشتراك مساحة تخزينية في OneDrive قدرها 1 تيرابايت.
    نريد أن نقدم الاعتذار عن أية مشكلات لحقت بك جراء هذه التغييرات. فقد استمعنا إلى ملاحظات مستخدمينا، ونلتزم برفع مستوى OneDrive ليمثل الخيار الأمثل للأشخاص الراغبين في الإنتاجية وإنجاز المزيد.
    شكرًا لاستخدام OneDrive.
    - فريق عمل OneDrive Microsoft
    * انتهى الاشتراك في هذا العرض في 31 يناير 2016. ** يجب توافر بطاقة ائتمانية وسيتم تجديد الاشتراك تلقائيًا. يمكنك الإلغاء في أي وقت على www.office.com/myaccount. راجع البنود كاملة. تنطبق هذه التحديثات على حسابك على OneDrive فقط. إذا كان لديك حساب على OneDrive خلال عملك أو مدرستك، فلن يتأثر. أنت تتلقى رسالة البريد الإلكتروني هذه لإعلامك بأحد التغييرات الهامة الطارئة على OneDrive. الخاص بنا. بيان الخصوصية تحترم شركة مايكرسوفت خصوصيتك. لمعرفة المزيد، الرجاء قراءة ع Microsoft Corporation
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  • I got this mail from Microsoft about the free one year subscription
    Thanks MS, appreciate it
  • Ha...
    I just now received the email, but I've already taken the offer since this morning. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I got mine
    Mail subject "important changes to OneDrive"
  • If you cancel auto-renew, it will give you an extra month for signing up for auto renew again. Get that extra month and cancel auto renew again!! I got 1 TB for 13 months this way! Awesome! Right now, I am using 84 GB only :D
  • I have received the e-mail and I would like to take the offer, but I'm Romanian and the checkout form from MS Store asks for a USA billing address and a USA phone number.
    I have contacted MS Store support and they redirected me to OneDrive support. Right now I'm waiting for an answer from OneDrive.
  • Same situation here, did you receive any reply?
  • Yes, and it seems to me they are stalling. They asked me what's the OneDrive account in question. Well it's the one I used when I've opened the support ticket, the one I received the confirmation e-mail for support ticket being opened, the one to which the support engineer sent this e-mail asking me what is my OneDrive account.
  • Today, the Office Team sent me an e-mail which contained the proper link for activating my one year free Office 365 subscription.
  • Alright, thanks man. I'm gonna contact OneDrive support then.
  • Can I pay without a credit card? If i enter a valid credit card number, purchase office for 0€, and delete my credit card will office 365 work afterwards?
     
  • I got it with no problem then just turned off auto renewal. By the way I live in Canada so it isn't region specific.
  • I don't think you can activate your system without a product key either with a free one. In fact, you can just buy a genuine product key from the site. It's very cheap and guaranteed. Choose one key from the site www.Microsoftkeystores.com   and place the order. The email will be sent to you at the first time. The whole process is very simple and easy to follow. Next time, when you or your friends encounter with the same problem, directly tell them to place the order onsite and you will let your system activated in short time.  
  • Hi, there, as for your question, you definitely need to buy a product key to activate your Windows 8.1 activation key. But don't need to worry about how and where to buy the genuine product key. You can go to the professional site http://www.MicrosoftStoreinc.com . Choose the target product and order it online. The support email will be sent to you at the first time. If you have any other technical questions, you can also communicate with their support team.