Microsoft offers 3 GB of extra free SkyDrive space for US college students

When you sign up to use Microsoft's SkyDrive service, you normally get 7 GB of free cloud storage on your account, with more available if you pay extra. Now there's word that Microsoft is giving US college students an additional 3 GB of free space.

The SkyDrive for Students website has the details on the free offer, which basically sends those students a code to unlock the extra free space when they send a valid email address with the .edu domain name to Microsoft. The code has to be entered into the student's SkyDrive account by December 31. Once it is applied, the 3 GB of free space is available for one year.

The offer is just for US college students (sorry, rest of the world), and only lasts for a year. After that, the students will have to make a decision of what to do. While it's unlikely Microsoft will delete 3 GB of data from the account when the year ends, it may be inaccessible until the student pays some money to free up that space once again. Students who decide to take Microsoft up on this offer might want to plan ahead just in case.

Source: Microsoft via WPCentral.com | Image via Microsoft

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Dropbox does something similar with the Great Space Race, and they acknowledge that not every university gives out edu email addresses.

Dot Matrix said,
Got mine earlier today.

I got it as well but there must be something else going on: my old MSN account I had 25GB and it was jumped to 27GB, my newer Outlook account, where I had 7 GB, is now showing 27 GB as well. Not that I am complaining of course but it is weird.

I completed it with my .edu address but applied the redemention code to my non-edu SkyDrive account and it appears as "Enthusiast bonus". Also non-US resident

Damn it! New Zealand uses [universityname].ac.nz instead of .edu

I have faced this problem before with student offers only accepting .edu emails.

being a student. 25gb for being long time user, 20gb from office 365 university student promo, 5gb from a skype promo, now 3gb for student email.

wingliston said,
being a student. 25gb for being long time user, 20gb from office 365 university student promo, 5gb from a skype promo, now 3gb for student email.


Mind = Blown. NICE!