It has come to our knowledge that Microsoft is applying more restrictions to free OneDrive user accounts. Earlier, Microsoft had shrunk their disk space from the promised 15 GB to 5 GB for users who didn't have a paid subscription. This time, the company is reducing the available outgoing traffic for files shared by a free OneDrive user.
While it is not clear how much traffic exactly this new limit allows, users who had shared a huge amount of files over OneDrive started to receive notifications like this:
The message above suggests the user to share files with less people, or remove the huge files from shared access. It also does not allow you to share more files than what is already shared after you receive this message.
This is definitely not a welcome change for OneDrive users. Microsoft's cloud service provided an advantage by having no traffic restrictions like other services have (DropBox, for example). It looks like Microsoft is trying to get more users to pay for OneDrive subscriptions by making the free service less attractive. This can cause users to migrate from the OneDrive service to any of the other dozens of free cloud storage services. Considering how frequently Microsoft kills and changes their services and apps and does not maintain long-term continuity or stability, this is likely to disappoint users.
What is your favorite cloud storage? Will you look for OneDrive alternatives?
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