Microsoft's OneDrive debacle shows its cloud commitment is weaker than promised

Grazed from DigitalTrends. Author: Gabe Carey.

When Microsoft announced earlier this week that it would no longer be handing out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers via its OneDrive service, those affected were obviously not enthused. Users who were previously unbounded by the all-you-can-eat buffet that was endless cloud storage will soon be limited to a less satisfying 1TB.

Those latching on to the 100 and 200GB plans will see reduction to a dismal 50GB at the same monthly cost. Even free users will be affected, by a reduction from 15GB to a meager 5GB of complimentary storage. And that all goes without mentioning the 15GB camera roll feature, which is to be axed altogether...

You may not, at first glance, understand why this is frustrating. So we were duped — a company changed its mind a year later because it was losing money — what else is new? But that’s not the whole story. No, unlimited storage was a backhanded gift to Microsoft’s loyal customers a little less than a year ago. Before that, the storage plans were exactly as they are now, limited. Microsoft is flip-flopping more than a career politician, but why? To put a dent in Google’s market share, of course!...

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