The trend toward zero-cost file storage continues to ratchet along. The newest news is from Microsoft, which is rolling out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 users at no additional cost. So, starting at $6.99 per month, Office 365 Home, Personal, and University users get that benefit.
There is a new promotion page at OneDrive where users can sign up to join the roll-out. As Microsoft’s Chris Jones — who leads OneDrive and Sharepoint — wrote,
Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365. Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We’ve started rolling this out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers. The roll out will continue over the coming months, so if you want to be one of the very first to get more storage, go here to put yourself at the front of the line. In the meantime, you can take advantage of the massive capacity you have today by activating the auto upload feature for your camera roll on your phone.
Unlimited storage on OneDrive at $6.99 is a very competitive price, and even today users get 1T for that price. Google Drive costs $9.99/mo for 1T, iCloud is $19.99/mo for 1T, and Dropbox is $10.99/mo for 1T. I anticipate that the majors will all follow suit, while Dropbox and others that live on their storage fees may not move so quickly towards unlimited storage, but that’s where the needle is headed.