“Microsoft is ending unlimited OneDrive storage plans, citing user abuse, the company said in a blog post late Monday. Current unlimited users will be capped at 1 terabyte. It also plans to eliminate 100GB and 200GB plans, and offer a reduced 50GB plan for $1.99 per month instead. Its free offering will be cut from 15GB down to just 5GB.”
“User abuse.” Also known as, users using a feature in a way that was intended, but not really, sort of. Microsoft explains that:
a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average.
It’s hard to feel any pain for a company that sells an “unlimited” service then is surprised that some people actually take advantage of it.
But what is very bad is that because of a few bad apples, Microsoft is punishing everyone by lowering storage amounts. Given how cloud storage quotas are generally increasing (except with Apple), this is going against the current.