In September 2015, I had a chance to ask Reuben Krippner, Director of Product Marketing for OneDrive for Business, when Microsoft planned to make good on its unlimited storage promises from the year before.Krippner's response:
Right now, Microsoft's various Office 365 commercial plans all include 1 TB of storage per user as part of the deal. Because of the maximum allowable file size and maximum number of files limitations in OneDrive for Business, this OneDrive for Business limit has been theoretical more than actual for many (probably most) users.
The question many are asking today, the day after Microsoft's OneDrive consumer announcement, is why the company made the decisions it did around its storage service.
While Microsoft's blog post attributed the move to a "change in pursuit of productivity and collaboration" -- not kidding -- there's got to be a real reason. The company didn't just drop its plans to provide unlimited storage in favor of 1 TB of storage, but it also dropped the amount of free camera roll and entry-level free storage it will deliver, too.
Given the growing importance of cloud storage to phone, tablet, PCs, servers and other devices, Microsoft's OneDrive moves could affect not just Office 365 and Windows customers, but users of the company's other products and services, too. Here's hoping the Softies will say more soon about its real reasons for Microsoft's backtracking -- as well as its future plans, for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.