The evolution of cloud storage has led to companies increasing the amounts of storage available to users. Microsoft is one of these companies, and has given OneDrive users unlimited storage options. This though will end in 2016.
In a blog post on Monday, Microsoft detailed the reasons that they are eliminating the unlimited storage tier of its OneDrive storage. Mainly having to do with the abuse of the system, Microsoft finds most simply don’t use the umlimited option.
Unlimited Dies Due To User Abuse
MIcrosoft stated in a blog post, that current unlimited users will be capped at 1 terabyte, reducing their available storage on OneDrive. The company will also be eliminating the 100GB and 200GB storage plans, and be giving users a 50GB plan as well.
Microsoft stated that the unlimited cloud storage tier was being harmed by people backing up numerous PCs, DVR recordings, and movie collections. They found some people were backing up 75TB per user, and 14,000 times the average of a casual user.
Right Or Wrong Decision?
Microsoft will still be giving users 1TB of storage for $6.99, which includes Office 365. This is still a great deal, and 1TB of online storage is still a lot of space to store documents, photos, images, and any other type of document.
The cutback of the unlimited tier keeps a collaborative, connected, and intelligent service according to Microsoft. The company made the right decision in most aspects, and keeping those who abuse the system might seem unfair, but its the right business decision.
The changes won’t go into effect until sometime in 2016. Abusers weaken systems, and it shows with the 75TB backups being done now on OneDrive.