Microsoft gets aggressive on cloud storage, doubles free OneDrive space

Redmond also increases Office 365 storage to 1TB

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Microsoft gets aggressive on cloud storage, doubles free OneDrive space Microsoft is hoping to drive revenue from the services that sit on top of its cloud storage offerings. (Peteri/Shutterstock.com)
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 24, 2014

Microsoft Corp yesterday announced it would more than double its limit on free cloud storage and also raise the space quotas that come with Office 365 subscriptions, CNET reported.

From July, free storage space on OneDrive will increase to 15GB from 7GB and Office 365 users will get access to 1TB of storage, a massive increase on the current 20GB.

Office 365 Personal subscribers will get 1TB of storage for $6.99 per month and Office 365 Home subscribers will have access to the same for up to five people for $9.99 per month.

Non-Office subscribers will also experience price drops. The price of 100GB of storage will decrease from $7.49 per month to $1.99. Microsoft is dropping the price on its 200GB offering from $11.49 to $3.99.

The price drops will keep Microsoft on pace with rivals such as Google, which also offers 15GB of free storage with Google Drive. But competition for the storage market is about more than just the storage offerings themselves.

"Storage isn't super interesting," said Angus Logan, Microsoft's head of product management and marketing for OneDrive. "What we build on top of storage is.

"We're not trying to just be in the storage game where we break even because storage is the only hammer we have to swing... But if we can say that we want to deliver productivity across all your devices - and it also comes with cloud storage - then it really changes the game from being focused only on storage."

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