Microsoft’s decision to drastically cut OneDrive storage allowances made some serious waves in the industry, and was generally slammed as being a very, very bad move. The details aren’t nearly so bad as the initial impression created, with some options being offered up to ease the transition, but overall OneDrive has become a point of contention where it was previously a strength for the software giant.
Now, OneDrive users have joined in a campaign over at UserVoice, where a thread has been created in the OneDrive section that already has almost 19,500 votes and a cool 999 comments as this post is being written. Clearly, people are upset, and they’re not holding back in voicing their opinions.
Titled “Give us back our storage,” the thread encapsulates the reaction to Microsoft’s decision:
Recently, a blog post was announced detailing that you would be reducing our free and paid storage. Only 1TB for Office 365 customers, and only 5 GB for free customers. I have been a long-time OneDrive fan, but after this upgrade I can no longer recommend it as my promised storage has been taken away. Some of us actually store a normal amount of stuff in OneDrive. Why makes us pay for those who went over the top?
User Disappointed Again likely speaks for quite a few people in saying:
Once again, Microsoft starts out with a great story, then backtracks and disappoints. Microsoft needs the think like their customer, to understand their needs. Stop promising and not delivering. If you have a few bad eggs putting 400TB+ out there, cap it at 100TB. 1TB is a joke. Add this to the list of disappointments.
1. OneDrive storage limits
2. A new Onedrive sync client that finally has features available in DropBox 3 years ago
3. Edge on supporting chrome plug-ins during Win10 launch
4. Win10 big brother data collection (telemetry) without telling us ahead of time
The list goes on and on…
Check out the thread for more pointed comments, and feel free to add your own voice into the mix. There are some ways to prepare for the reduction in OneDrive storage, but the fact remains that OneDrive has lost some of its luster for many users.
Companies have been known to backtrack on unpopular policies, given enough user feedback–something that Microsoft has been much better at asking for and responding to. We’ll keep you updated on whether the backlash over Microsoft’s OneDrive faux pas convinces the company to change its mind.Further reading: Cloud Storage, Office 365, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business