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Microsoft beats the competition by 1TB offer on OneDrive

OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive), the cloud storage from Microsoft now offers whooping 1TB of data storage to its premium subscribers. Earlier 1TB space was only offered to Office 365 for business and SkyDrive Pro (now OneDrive for business) subscribers. Now the offer is extended to Office 365 Home & Personal subscribers as well. This change makes it 1TB available for every paid subscriber of Office 365 irrespective of its plan and size of the organisation. (something Google i/o 2014 announcement for unlimited Drive storage doesnt offer for lower plans -you’ve to pay $5/month extra to avail that offer, also, small organisation are not eligible for unlimited space on G-Drive.)
onedrive-1tbI’ve been a loyal member of OneDrive since the beginning when they used to offer 25GB of space for free users. From time to time, I’ve been given extra space on OneDrive in the name of ‘loyalty bonus’ for using Microsoft’s products and services (including WindowsPhone 8, OneDrive on mobile for camera roll backup, Office 365 etc.). And this tiny bonus pleases me, makes me write blog-posts on it and promote their services for free. But this new offer beats it all. This is no more a ‘tiny addition’, this is game changer. You get 1 TB straight, (1,024 GB) makes my enthusiast bonus (20GB), loyalty bonus (10GB) & camera roll bonus (3GB)so small and negligible! Sigh!
OneDrive has increased the free quota from 7GB to 15 GB. So when you sign-up at OneDrive you get 15 GB of storage space on cloud to start. (Same as Google Drive is offering to all Google Account holders for free.)

WindowsPhone 8 owners get 20GB more SkyDrive space

The Windows Phone 8 owners have more to cheer for this Christmas. Today I received an email from Microsoft showing some love for me purchasing Windows Phone 8 device. They have offered 20GB extra space in SkyDrive storage for 1 year.  *something similar you get if you’re an MS Office 365 home premium subscriber.

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All WP8 device owners- claim additional 20GB SkyDrive storage space as Enthusiast bonus!


Unfortunately for me my Office 365 premium subscription neither gave me Skype world minutes nor 20GB+ SkyDrive space. The MS support rep suggested me to restart (cancel and start again) my 365 plan to rectify the error. Well, I didn’t restart my office 365 home premium service & stopped its service. To make it up, I got this email first thing in the morning! Thank you Microsoft. I hurried redeem the code & claimed the extra SkyDrive storage.
& what do I see? Oh yeah, baby! 45 GB of SKYDRIVE with 20GB as “Enthusiast bonus!” Now don’t be jealous, I’ve been a loyal member of SkyDrive & using it since 25GB era.

[Update] Mobile office for Microsoft Office365 is now available for India

Microsoft corrected their mistake and made available mobile office for most of the countries (including India) within a week of its release.
We noticed Microsoft office’s app on top 5 free apps in Indian app store.But unfortunately for me (& all those old iPhone owners.) the app is only available for iPhone 4 or later devices. The error message says that “This app is incompatible for this iPhone” & needs front facing camera.

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God knows, why MS Office needs front facing camera! Even Skype the premier VoIP service doesn’t have such obscure requirement for its mobile app.