Microsoft raised the roof on its OneDrive storage this week. The new OneDrive capacities are still limited, but for most Office 365 users, the new OneDrive plans basically amount to unlimited online storage.
In April, Microsoft increased the OneDrive limit for Office 365 business accounts from 20 GB to 1 TB. Now, Microsoft is providing that same 1 TB of online OneDrive storage for all Office 365 accounts. Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University accounts will each receive 1 TB of OneDrive storage. Office 365 Home accounts will get a separate 1 TB of OneDrive storage for each of the five users on the account.
In a post on the OneDrive Blog, Microsoft explained the move to provide more storage. “With OneDrive, we want to give you one place for all of your stuff: your photos, videos, documents, and other files. Of course, to do this, we need to make sure you actually have enough storage space for everything, particularly given that the amount of content everyone has is growing by leaps and bounds.”
However, storage (in general) is fairly cheap. You can buy 3 TB of external storage for your PC from Amazon for $100. While most cloud storage providers — Microsoft included — continue to define limits, cloud storage capacity is evolving in much the same way as cellular calling minutes. In the very near future, the capacity will cease to be a differentiating factor in choosing a cloud storage provider, and unlimited storage will simply be the de facto standard.