Microsoft has started sending a notification to its OneDrive users about the trimming of their account to 5 GB limit. The first step in the process of reduction in cloud-based storage allowances is the e-mails to the users that Microsoft announced last year. The 15 GB limit that was provided before has been reduced to 5 GB and the additional 15 GB that was allotted for many upon request will be erased as well.
Microsoft notified the users earlier this April that the automatic reduction of OneDrive accounts will start this July. The accounts with 5 GB of space will be marked read-only. Users can’t add any new files or photographs though they can see and download their files for nine months which is at the end of April 2017.
As of 13th July, some users were notified that their accounts were set as read-only and a few others were given a deadline of 27th July. More restrictions will be applied in 2017. By April next year all accounts exceeding 5 GB will be locked without access and eventually deleted.
As of now the free account users will be provided with three options
- Reduce the data stored to 5 GB
- Purchase additional storage
- Request a free office 365 subscription for one year (with a 1 TB OneDrive space)