Windows Phone users benefit from Microsoft’s iPhone largesse with an extra 15 GB of OneDrive storage

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Microsoft, who has become somewhat of a mobile opportunist, is going after new iPhone 6 buyers and iOS 8 upgraders by offering them an extra 15 GB of storage free if they enable automatic backup of their pictures from their camera roll, a feature of the OneDrive app for iOS and Android.

In a blog post they write:

Tonight, we are pleased to announce that we are doubling the amount of free storage you get with OneDrive. While it might seem strange to announce new features on a Friday evening, we’ve been listening to the commentary about storage on the new iPhones released today and we wanted to get you more storage right away. We think you’ll appreciate having more free storage while setting up your iPhone 6 or upgrading to iOS 8. It’s a limited time offer, so act fast and download OneDrive for iOS.

All you have to do is sign up for OneDrive and activate the auto upload feature for your camera roll sometime between now and the end of September, and you will get 30 GB of free OneDrive storage moving forward (15 GB base and 15 GB camera roll bonus). For those getting ready to install iOS8, this means you won’t have to delete a bunch of photos or apps to make room for the upgrade. For those buying a new phone, it means you can take all the high resolution photos and videos you want without worrying about the amount of storage you have.

Fortunately not tone deaf to the sentiments of the Windows Phone community, the amount of storage available for Windows Phone users have also increased automatically as long as you have automatic upload to OneDrive enables, something which is on by default.

The offer is only available till the end of September, so if you are one the rare Windows Phone users who are not backing up to OneDrive, we suggest now may be a good time to enable it.

See the blog post here.

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