On Tuesday, Microsoft celebrated the one year anniversary of the official Outlook.com launch with a Twitter-based giveaway. Today, to celebrate the renaming of SkyDrive to OneDrive, Microsoft will also be giving a nice boost in storage space to 100,000 users.
Microsoft's Angus Logan, the Group Product Marketing Manager for OneDrive, told us that at some point today, the company will announce on the official OneDrive Twitter account the start of the 100GB. After it begins, the first 100,000 people who sign onto their OneDrive account will get 100GB of extra storage space for one year. That's on top of the 7GB of space Microsoft normally offers and also on top of the extra free space that users can earn if they use the photo storage feature and get their friends to use OneDrive.
Of course, Microsoft has offered large amounts of free space on SkyDrive/OneDrive in the past. In fact, people who buy the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets can still get 200GB of OneDrive space for two years. If any of them also manage to get the 100GB of free space Microsoft will be giving out today, that means they will have a whopping 300GB of free cloud storage for a rather long time.
Update: The OneDrive Twitter account has started the 100GB giveaway in an unusual way: it has posted up a puzzle that needs to be solved to get the details on how to access the extra storage
Update 2: A few people on Twitter claim to have solved the puzzle, saying that the 100GB giveaway begins at 11:11 am Pacific Time (2:11 pm Eastern Time). At that time the first 100,000 people who sign onto their OneDrive account will get the extra space for a year.
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