Microsoft’s newly announced plans to massively reduce the amount of storage available on their OneDrive cloud storage service has been pretty poorly received.
WMPoweruser.com reader Erik is however planning to do something about it, and has launched a Change.org petition requesting Microsoft reverse their decision.
Dear Microsoft OneDrive team,
The newest changes to the storage plans have bought much concern to the OneDrive and Windows community. Discontinuing the unlimited storage option on grounds of abuse is fair enough, but why go to the extent of punishing all your customers? Since not all users upload such massive quantities of files to the service, Microsoft should set a reasonable limit on storage (perhaps 2 TB so users have a enough storage and Microsoft can stay ahead of the competition). Furthermore, we think that users have the right to continue to expecting versatile, competitively priced options from Microsoft. OneDrive users who need 100GB of storage should have that option instead of being forced to move to another service or cope with insufficient space. Finally, the 15GB camera bonus for free users needs to stay, at the very least for those already possessing it. These users have a storage space cap by default, which prevents then from falling into the “abuse” category. With storage being as cheap as it is today and other services like Windows 10 relying heavily on OneDrive, there is really no reason for Microsoft to reduce the storage amount on plans outside those with unlimited storage. We hope OneDrive will retain its 100GB plan, 200GB plan, 15GB bonus, and consider a 2 TB limit for its Office subscribers so that Microsoft will continue bringing is great features that competitors lack in the “Mobile first, Cloud first” world.
Sincerely, The OneDrive and Windows Communities
While most petitions do not achieve anything, there is some suggestion that Microsoft may still backtrack on their decision, like they have on so much others over the last year. In many ways Windows 10 itself is a massive backtrack on the changes of Windows 8, so it certainly seems that making a lot of noise can get things done with Microsoft.
To join the effort sign the petition at Change.org here.