While there has been a lot of news regarding Microsoft and their recent changes (Including the largest layoff in Microsoft history 🙁 ), they are also implementing changes that benefit the end user. In an attempt to be on par with other cloud based storage services, Microsoft has increased OneDrive storage to 15GB free.
OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service that is actually available cross-platform. It has a clean interface similar to Windows Phone and Windows 8/8.1 design guidelines. Since I am a personal user of both Windows Phone and Android, OneDrive is a key tool in my file sharing world. Setting up auto-upload will ensure that full resolution images will be uploaded as soon as the photo is captured.
For those of you that use smartphone devices without expandable storage, you live and die by the cloud. A lot of users, have more than one service they use for storing their files and media. While 7GB was cool and all, 15GB is much better. Google Photos is currently at 15GB free. Although, nothing really beats Flickr’s photo cloud storage which is at a staggering 1TB.
These changes will happen automatically and will require no work on your part. If you are already a OneDrive user, take a look. You will most certainly see 15GB on your account. If you are looking for a quick boost in storage, download the OneDrive Android application. Using that and enabling “Auto-Upload” will give you 3GB more storage. As with any other cloud based storage system, there are other ways of gaining more free storage – you just have to know where to look.