If users have been looking for an incentive to join Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service, it just arrived today. Those that join will now receive access to more than twice the amount of storage, totaling up to 15 gigabytes at no extra cost.
Omar Shahine, the Group Program Manager of OneDrive, recently posted a blog heralding the necessity of a space increase. “Our data tells us that 3 out of 4 people have less than 15GB of files stored on their PC. 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.”
If Microsoft was attempting to make itself viable competition against the Google Drive cloud, it managed to meet the same amount of free initial storage space. Microsoft didn’t stop with its perks though. If a user already subscribed to the Office 365, Microsoft’s office and business software, they’ll get a whole terabyte of space. Microsoft had previously capped the limit at 20GB.
Microsoft also offers that storage space at a lower rate than Google. For Google Drive subscribers, it costs about $10 a month to access a terabyte of extra space. Office 365 subscribers will only need to pay about $7 a month.
For those that don’t necessarily need that much storage space or don’t want to pay that price, plenty of discounted options abound. Subscribers can select a 100GB plan for only about $2 a month (down from $7.49) or a 200GB plan for about $4 a month (down from $11.49).
Shahine and Microsoft seek to unite both OneDrive and Office 365 through these lower prices and better storage space options.
“We want to provide a complete experience that brings in the power of Office and lets you do more with everything you put in your OneDrive. Whether it’s sharing your favorite photos with the people you care about in one simple click or working together in real time on an important project,” he said.
Microsoft now sets itself up to look more impressive than competitors like Apple. That brand only offers up to 5GB for free for its iCloud, which is a much smaller amount.