​Since we introduced Office 365 for consumers nearly a year and a half ago, customers have told us that one of their favorite benefits of the subscription service is the additional OneDrive storage–for accessing and sharing files on their favorite devices and getting things done from home, school, work and everywhere in between. These are precisely the reasons we included additional OneDrive storage with every Office 365 consumer subscription–and we’re happy that people are realizing the value.

Today, OneDrive and Office are announcing a BIG change to that benefit for consumers, to the tune of 1 TB per user. That’s right–we’re increasing the OneDrive storage allotment included with Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, and Office 365 University from 20 GB to 1 TB. That’s a whopping 50 times, or 5,000 percent increase in storage–and it’s going to be here before classes are in session!

As previously announced in April, all Office 365 business customers will also get 1 TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of their Office 365 subscription, which will begin to roll out in July.

What’s a terabyte? Here’s some perspective:

  • 1 TB is equivalent to approximately 50,000 trees made into paper and printed
  • 1 TB can store about 1,000 copies of the full edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica
  • 1 TB can hold around 2,000 hours of audio recorded at CD quality
  • 1 TB can remember roughly 8,000 times more data than the average human

While other cloud storage providers charge more than $100 a year for the same amount of online storage, we’re bringing in a full productivity suite too–with Office 365–starting at just $6.99 per month:

Office 365 consumer subscription options

Consumer subscription table 

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If you’re an Office 365 Home, Personal, University or Business subscriber, you’re good to go. Your TB of OneDrive storage is on its way and will be added to your existing account beginning in July. You should not be concerned about current files that are stored in OneDrive as they will not be affected by this change.

Things are about to get a lot more spacious, and we hope you enjoy the added legroom.


Category: News; Office 365
Published: 6/23/2014 21:50