How to get Office 365 Personal and 1TB of storage free

Microsoft got itself into a pickle when it offered unlimited online storage with OneDrive. It then changed the rules and slashed the online storage everyone was given. Now Microsoft has changed the rules again.

A reported in Microsoft slashes OneDrive storage with new rules, some users thought that unlimited meant without limits, as in not limited or restricted in any way. Is it really surprising that when unlimited storage is offered that people try to upload an unlimited number of files?

Microsoft slashed the storage, not only taking away the unlimited account, but also by cutting the free storage you get from 15GB to 5GB.

This clearly angered a lot of people who promptly complained to Microsoft that it was unfair. Microsoft has responded with some new rules and they make interesting reading.

Douglas Pearce (Group Program Manager, Microsoft) said:
For customers of our free service who have over 5 GB of content and who are directly impacted by the storage change, we will offer one free year of Office 365 Personal, which includes 1 TB of storage. These customers will receive an email with redemption information early next year.

So if you have over 5GB of files in your free OneDrive storage you will be offered Office 365 Personal free for one year with 1TB of storage.

Go to in a browser and see how much space you are using. If you are using less than 5GB then upload a bunch of files to take it over the 5GB limit straight away. Next year you should get an offer of a free subscription to Office 365 Personal. At least that’s the implication of the statement.

You can also click the link at the bottom of this page to protect your free storage from the changes.

 Microsoft OneDrive

When the button is clicked, you get this message.

 Microsoft OneDrive

It isn’t clear whether you can do both – protect your free storage and get a free subscription. It is worth trying though.

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