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Microsoft to offer 15GB of free cloud storage via OneDrive

By Shawn Knight
Jun 23, 2014
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  1. Microsoft on Monday revealed intentions to more than double the amount of OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) cloud storage offered to regular users to 15GB. Up to this point, storage for non-paying subscribers was capped at 7GB.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    Cloud storage is rather useless to me until mobile data is affordable and uncapped.
     
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Interesting to see the decrease in prices of cloud storage over the years
     
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    Ohh 15GB free cloud storage... sorry but 15GB.... other better competitors are giving out 10x that...
     
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,559   +599

    Looks like we're seeing the start of it right here.

    Cloud storage isn't viable for me right now. The upload/download speeds just don't make it worth it except for small files. There are USB 3.0 4TB hard drives available now for around $110. Significantly faster and easy to pack around if you need to. I know there's the potential reliability factor of a mechanical HD, but so far, I've never experienced any problems.
     
  6. Sancticide

    Sancticide TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    Can't tell if hyperbole or you just suck at math... Sorry, but no one is giving away 150GB of storage for free, not even Box or Mega.
     
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  7. Sancticide

    Sancticide TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    To me, the real benefit of cloud storage is the ease of syncing files between all devices without having to carry around a drive all the time. I can seamlessly access photos or a research paper from my work/school computer or my tablet. My phone's photos are constantly backed up to the cloud as well, without my intervention, as soon as I connect to WiFi. Obviously, everyone's use case is different, but the cloud fills a role that hard storage can't, at least not as easily.
     
  8. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,559   +599

    Yup - for small files like documents and photos it's very handy, no doubt about it and I use it in the way you describe also. But try uploading/downloading a huge CAD/CAM file or a ripped blu-ray movie and you'll be clawing your eyes out soon enough.

    I'm also waiting for the first cloud site to crash, losing some or all of the stored data or be hacked. Think it's only a matter of time before one of those two scenarios happens and then we'll be having a very different discussion. ;)
     
  9. S_Brideau

    S_Brideau TS Rookie Posts: 65

    That looked a lot like paid advertisement rather than an article. Other competitors such as google have been offering 15GB storage for years for free. I know as I see it everytime I go on gmail.
     
  10. Sancticide

    Sancticide TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    Yup - for small files like documents and photos it's very handy, no doubt about it and I use it in the way you describe also. But try uploading/downloading a huge CAD/CAM file or a ripped blu-ray movie and you'll be clawing your eyes out soon enough.

    I'm also waiting for the first cloud site to crash, losing some or all of the stored data or be hacked. Think it's only a matter of time before one of those two scenarios happens and then we'll be having a very different discussion. ;)[/quote]

    True, and that's why I don't store anything too personal in the cloud. I wouldn't be too upset if someone illegally accessed my beach photos or my homework assignments. As for the size issue, isn't that more a result of poor upload speed on the network connection? Or is the cloud service throttling the upload as a low priority sync?
     
  11. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    Gosh I must be a hyperbole guy thats terrible at math...ohh wait I'm not but you are thanks for shaming yourself on the interwebs bye bye, also this is techspot not dumbspot 15GB doesnt magically turn into 150GB its still 15GB :)
     
  12. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,559   +599

    "Or is the cloud service throttling the upload as a low priority sync?"

    Although I can't confirm positively, I think that's the case. I have a pretty quick Internet connection, but when I try to do large files to cloud storage, it's like I'm on dial-up sometimes.
     
  13. at0mic_Mike

    at0mic_Mike TS Member Posts: 31

    I have 25gigs for free. I quit using onedrive/skydrive when a lot of my files disappeared for no reason. I stick with copy. it's supported by linux, also
     
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah I like being able to store my important documents and backups of my USB drives just incase they fail.
     
  15. Sancticide

    Sancticide TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    - Microsoft gives away 15GB
    - You: "other better competitors are giving out 10x that..."
    - 10 x 15GB = 150GB
    - Me: "No one is giving away 150GB for free."

    Try not to hurt yourself.
     
  16. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    You say that but google is giving out 1GB
    10000 x 1GB = 10,000GB/10TB
    Me: "No one is giving away 10TB for free"

    Try not to hurt yourself.
     
  17. Sancticide

    Sancticide TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +18

    That makes no sense.
     
  18. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    Just like yours
     

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