When we announced the new OneDrive in February this year, Microsoft had a simple goal: we wanted to give our users one place to store all of their important photos, videos and documents on the devices they use every day. With data being built, saved and stored faster than ever before, every one of our users wanted and needed the same thing: enough storage space for anything and everything in their lives.

Since OneDrive launched, the amount of data our customers are uploading to OneDrive has been growing in leaps and bounds. We think that photos and files are better in the cloud, allowing people to store, sync and share that content from any device.  Today we’re excited to announce the following changes to OneDrive:

1. OneDrive will come with 15 GB for free (up from 7 GB)

Our data tells us that 3 out of 4 people have less than 15 GB of files stored on their PC. Factoring in what they may also have stored on other devices, we believe providing 15 GB 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.

2. All versions of Office 365 will come with 1 TB of OneDrive storage (up from 20 GB)

Soon users will get 1 TB of OneDrive storage with their subscription to Office 365. This means you will get the power of the world’s most popular productivity suite, Office, along with apps for your laptop, smartphone, and tablet, plus an enormous amount of storage, for an unbelievably low price.

In Australia, for Office 365 Home (AU$12.00/month) you’ll get 1 TB per person (up to 5 people) and with Office 365 Personal AU$9.00/month) and University (AU$99.00/4year) you will get 1 TB per subscription. This is a great follow on to our April announcement that all OneDrive for Business customers will also get 1 TB of cloud storage per person.

3. We are dropping storage prices by over 70%

Of course, we also want to give you as much flexibility as possible, so if you need more storage, but don’t need an Office 365 subscription, we will also provide monthly subscription storage options – at dramatically reduced rates.

The new monthly prices for Australian users will be:

  • AU$2.00/month for 100 GB of storage (previously $8.99)
  • AU$4.00/ month for 200 GB of storage (previously $13.99)

All of these updates will take effect in the next month. For current subscribers, you are all set and will be automatically moved to the lower prices.

Whether it is making sure you never lose those baby photos, or simply want to keep track of all of your receipts for upcoming tax time (is it that time of year already?), with these updates we wanted to make sure you have all the room you need to store all of your photos, videos, documents and other files in one easy-to-use and easy-to-access place. If you haven’t yet signed up for OneDrive, check it out today at http://onedrive.com/.

Melissa Dewick
Product Marketing Manager- Consumer Apps & Services

Microsoft Australia