Microsoft to give away 100GB of OneDrive space for one year to 100,000 people [Update]

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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I am SkyDrive user from the beginning. (2007 I think). I have 30GB of free storage that was offered before they lowered it to whatever it is now. My storage amount was grandfathered in and I get to keep my 30GB for free as long as my account it active.
I would like to get the additional 100GB but I'm worried that when it expires and I choose not to renew I could go down to 7GB because “I changed my plan”.
As an example Verizon Wireless did this with their unlimited data plan. Once they stopped offering it they changed their contract so if I renew my plan and get a "discounted" phone I will lose the unlimited data package so I have to buy my phone at full price to keep the unlimited Data.
Does anybody know or has anybody else tested this theory with SkyDrive?

Eh MS... why don't you simply open it up and make it free. Let all gullibles get addicted and upload their files on your server. Then after an year start charging arm and length to them. For me personally, I am more happy storing my data locally and using NAS to access it remotely.

lol it always happens, the same thing happened with google drive, started offering 100gb for chromebook buyers, all sheep on the internet, going crazy for, posting it on every blog, website, forum, same thing is happening with this, is truly pathetic, how we humans have fallen so much, going crazy for temporary space on a server lol, they advertise this prize as if it was something amazing, gladly some of us, can see through this ########, you want more space, use ADRIVE, 50gb and PERMANENT, now some may say, is not as reliable as Microsoft, nothing is reliable, you data is never safe on any online cloud, you want your data to last forever? you have to spread it around like a virus, clouds, external drives, usb, dvds, internal drives, etc, time to wake up from this cloud gimmick

Wow, some people can cry over anything. I havent seen so many whiners in one place since the last time I logged onto facebook...

I got my 100 free gigs and I am glad to do it! =)

to all those that say oh this is just to drum up sales and subscriptions, yeah that's what the sales managers and everyone try to do, that is their daily job. You think they like giving stuff away or posting on twitter/fb about free xbox dlc, space, etc, it's in hopes that someone will see that and also purchase other things, content, subscriptions, etc...

I now have 109GB apparently. Guess I might need to start using it.

Need to figure out the security...not sure the idea of one password to access it all is a bright idea.

Just got emailed "Did you miss out on the bonus 100 GB?" They gave a friend and I a code for 20gb. I entered the code for 20gb to find I had 127gb. works for me.

If you were too late, check your email inbox:

Wow, that was fast!

As you may have seen earlier today, we gave away 10 petabytes of storage to celebrate the launch of OneDrive. That's enough space to store a selfie of every man, woman, and child on the planet and we're thrilled that it went so quickly!

Did you miss out? Don't worry. Because of your interest in OneDrive before it launched, we want to make sure you can get started with some extra storage too.

Click the link below to get an extra 20 GB for one year:

I got that email even though I got the 100gb haha

-Razorfold said,
If you were too late, check your email inbox:

I got that email even though I got the 100gb haha

Yeah I got that email too - just got an additional 20GB - so now I'm at 150GB .

And yes - i'm drinking the kool-aid. And it is good.

Tarrant64 said,

Yeah I got that email too - just got an additional 20GB - so now I'm at 150GB .

And yes - i'm drinking the kool-aid. And it is good.

lmao bunch of idiots, don't realize this a tease to get you to buy paid storage

who stores their files for only 1 year?

is like storing your files on an external hard drive, only to be taken away after 1 year, is retarded, and USELESS

lmao bunch of idiots, don't realize this a tease to get you to buy paid storage

who stores their files for only 1 year?

is like storing your files on an external hard drive, only to be taken away after 1 year, is retarded, and USELESS

Why do you care what people do? I mean seriously?

Maybe some of us were already planning on buying that anyways and now we get 1 year free. Have you thought about that? Oh wait no you haven't.

AND your files aren't deleted after 1 year. You just cannot add anymore until you free up some space. And who knows by then they could have done another promotion giving us another 20gb for another year.

OR just maybe it's ####ing free so who the hell really cares? I have 151gb on my onedrive. Am I going to use all of that or even close to all of that? No I'm not. But it's there.

So the only thing retarded and USELESS here is your comment mr. one-day-signup-troll

rufian said,

lmao bunch of idiots, don't realize this a tease to get you to buy paid storage

who stores their files for only 1 year?

is like storing your files on an external hard drive, only to be taken away after 1 year, is retarded, and USELESS

I know it's only for a year, but I honestly don't care.

And don't call us idiots, idiot.

-Razorfold said,

Why do you care what people do? I mean seriously?

Maybe some of us were already planning on buying that anyways and now we get 1 year free. Have you thought about that? Oh wait no you haven't.

AND your files aren't deleted after 1 year. You just cannot add anymore until you free up some space. And who knows by then they could have done another promotion giving us another 20gb for another year.

OR just maybe it's ####ing free so who the hell really cares? I have 151gb on my onedrive. Am I going to use all of that or even close to all of that? No I'm not. But it's there.

So the only thing retarded and USELESS here is your comment mr. one-day-signup-troll

typical sheep worshiping big corporations, they don't care about you, they will not give you too much free storage, is against their interests, all they care about is money, wake up, sure they let you keep the files, even google lets you keep the files, but then you cannot add more files, edit, delete, add again, etc, this is not convenient, is inconvenient, microsoft can delete your files anytime they want anyway, because you are free user, a freeloader, basically wasting their resources, you are using their data 100gb, without paying ####, unwilling to delete your files, because you know, your space will be gone, a space that they could give to someone else who actually pays for the service

Razorfold : You are so right. Free is good. I now have two accounts at 150GB and 130GB (second account never used until today). If I decide I don't need all that space I will consolidate it on the 130GB and even though it will become 30GB anything above will still be available. All it took was a minute of my time. If I use it great, if I don't fine too. If I find that I can't live without the 100GB good for Microsoft they made a sale.

Truthfully, the only people that disturb me about getting free stuff are the people who wait in line for hours to get something worth about 5 dollars. There was this frozen yogurt franchise that gave away a cup of the stuff and people waited a couple of hours for a cup. I guess my time is more valuable then theirs.

typical sheep worshiping big corporations, they don't care about you, they will not give you too much free storage, is against their interests, all they care about is money, wake up, sure they let you keep the files, even google lets you keep the files, but then you cannot add more files, edit, delete, add again, etc, this is not convenient, is inconvenient, microsoft can delete your files anytime they want anyway, because you are free user, a freeloader, basically wasting their resources, you are using their data 100gb, without paying ####, unwilling to delete your files, because you know, your space will be gone, a space that they could give to someone else who actually pays for the service

Jesus christ shut up.

I don't care about the 100gb free, I'm not going to use it but it's FREE.

Now go back to your troll home under the bridge.

rufian said,

lmao bunch of idiots, don't realize this a tease to get you to buy paid storage

who stores their files for only 1 year?

is like storing your files on an external hard drive, only to be taken away after 1 year, is retarded, and USELESS

Hey you don't get it - that's fine. Don't call people idiots because they value something that you don't understand what the value is.

It's not a gimmick, it's not a ploy, it's not a trap - none of that nonsense. It's free service for 1 year. Take it or leave it. We're taking it. So get over it, troll.

(I feel guilty for feeding but whatever)...

Both me and my girlfriend received extra 100gbs!
Have 307gb now But I stil haven't received my +3gb for camera roll backup, really annoying.

Works on existing accounts too!

The year gives me a chance to see how much I actually use, (currently have 148 GB for various reasons) I can then pay for the amount I use knowing that's how much I will use.

Cheaper than most online backup systems I've seen and works with my Windows Phone / Surface. Perfect!

Free space is free space, for 6-months, 12-months or whatever. Who knows, months later I may find I could have used that 100GB of free space and then I'll have to pay for it. If we're lucky, if you happen to use most of the 100GB of free space they will let you keep it when the year is up. Not like they haven't done that before, I think even a couple of times.

It's a giveaway, free 100GB for a year. It's a subscription service anyways - people do subscription crap like this all the time and I haven't seen so many people be so ungrateful as they are with this. Magazine subscriptions have been doing this for years!

Plus, you don't see anymore like Apple doing this (I don't think so anyways). Yes, Dropbox does this type of stuff and it stays free, but it's not nearly as much. 500MB-1GB here and there.

Tarrant64 said,
Free space is free space, for 6-months, 12-months or whatever. Who knows, months later I may find I could have used that 100GB of free space and then I'll have to pay for it. If we're lucky, if you happen to use most of the 100GB of free space they will let you keep it when the year is up. Not like they haven't done that before, I think even a couple of times.

It's a giveaway, free 100GB for a year. It's a subscription service anyways - people do subscription crap like this all the time and I haven't seen so many people be so ungrateful as they are with this. Magazine subscriptions have been doing this for years!

Plus, you don't see anymore like Apple doing this (I don't think so anyways). Yes, Dropbox does this type of stuff and it stays free, but it's not nearly as much. 500MB-1GB here and there.

keep dreaming pal, they will not let you keep, not even google does that, I have 100gb + 25gb on google drive, many people have asked, they will not let us keep the space, they are greedy bastard, you think they give a fuk about you?, all they care is money, who stores their files for only 1 or 2 years? is useless, and a scam only used to trick you into buying more storage, why because if you use all the space, after the 1 year, your account becomes useless, you either delete your files, and bring it down to free storage. or pay up to keep your file, is a very smart strategy and many fools fall for it

rufian said,

keep dreaming pal, they will not let you keep, not even google does that, I have 100gb + 25gb on google drive, many people have asked, they will not let us keep the space, they are greedy bastard, you think they give a fuk about you?, all they care is money, who stores their files for only 1 or 2 years? is useless, and a scam only used to trick you into buying more storage, why because if you use all the space, after the 1 year, your account becomes useless, you either delete your files, and bring it down to free storage. or pay up to keep your file, is a very smart strategy and many fools fall for it

Let me break it down for you, my simple minded, disturbed, angry, little friend.

If I needed 100GB of online cloud storage, I'd have to pay for it today. From Google, this would cost roughly $60/year. From Dropbox, $120/year. From Apple, $100/year for just 50GB of iCloud storage.

Microsoft, $50/year. I don't see free offers from these other companies, but from Microsoft they are giving you that one year subscription for free. Who's being greedy? That's a big deal for those using the cloud storage services and would pay for it otherwise. If someone wanted to sign-up for 100GB of storage in the cloud, today was a great opportunity to get your first year free, because you were going to pay for it at some point eventually - might as well save $50 and start paying next year. Enjoy this "one year free service on us!" is all they are saying.

If you never intended to use it, it wasn't for you in the first place.

Microsoft has, in fact, in the past given users free increase of disk space that was only to be temporary. Sometimes you had to ask to keep it, other times you were automatically kept in a certain tier if they changed storage plans and you already happened to be using most of your storage. No one is saying this will certainly happen next year, but it's a possibility. For all we know, they drop 75GB for all of those users and you get to keep 25GB of it. Who knows, but seeing as how I took advantage of something that was free, and took 10 seconds of my time, I'll have the opportunity to find out. So will 99,999 others.

You don't understand the value of free. Free for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or 1 year. But that's OK, that you don't understand it.

Edited by Tarrant64, Feb 19 2014, 10:01pm :

Reading through the comments here, its truly pathetic the people defending Microsoft over this fake "giveaway".

jd100 said,
Reading through the comments here, its truly pathetic the people defending Microsoft over this fake "giveaway".

what you expect, they are all sheep

Just for ONE year? Big deal, its not even worth the hassle then. I hardly call that a prize. More like gifting something to someone then taking it back a year later.

PUC_Snakeman said,
I like how the message didn't encode properly. It says "TO L8G INTO" instead of "TO LOG INTO", unless I did it wrong.

May be it is written in l33t

PUC_Snakeman said,
I like how the message didn't encode properly. It says "TO L8G INTO" instead of "TO LOG INTO", unless I did it wrong.

Haha, I double checked the cipher when I saw this too.

So uh what the hell do you do with the puzzle? And do you tweet the answer with #Onedrive as the hash? Ugh.

Why do companies do this rubbish?

a) Common users likely don't need 100GB
b) Those that do need it, what happens when you fill up your quota, you won't be able to save any more so you still end up having to buy. So really, this only suits a limited number of people.

djpailo said,
Why do companies do this rubbish?

Why do people do this rubbish?

a) You're complaining about free stuff being free
b) This is how everything works. When you fill up your quota, you can't save more so you end up having to buy. This even happens when you fill up the hard drive space on your PC.

People that usualy bug 100GB data can use this very well. It's one year for free! Or for example, if you are about to use OneDrive and was planning to buy 100GB extra data: here you go, first year free...

I bought 20 GB of extra storage myself every year, until last time, when to Windows Phone promotion came around and I got 20 GB for free. One year less to pay.

What I find stupid is the offers that are limited for an amount of time. When the year is up then you have to pay them or delete the files?

rfirth said,

Why do people do this rubbish?

a) You're complaining about free stuff being free
b) This is how everything works. When you fill up your quota, you can't save more so you end up having to buy. This even happens when you fill up the hard drive space on your PC.

What has it being free got to do with anything? If someone offered you free ####, would you happily take it home with you? My main point is that they seem to be making out what a fantastic offer this is when in reality, it won't benefit as many as it could have and could even catch a few people out if they do fill their quota.

where are people getting this 11:11am PST thing from? Not seen any such official announcement.

Anyone else seen the "puzzle" they posted? I'm i being stupid of what. To be it sounds like you need to match the outer ring with the inner to get the code/message from the inner. (or is it other way round)?!

It seemed rather simple, but everyone seems to be getting a different code. Either i'm smart for getting it (and thinking it's easy) or I'm an idiot

Edited by Salem874, Feb 19 2014, 4:24pm :

I'm with you on that one - everyone seems to be saying the solution to OneDrive is 9W2SKBL2 while I think it actually is 5S7WKH17 (if the keyword is OneDrive that is)

Salem874 said,
I'm an idiot

The first one hundred thousand users to log into onedrive.com today beginning at 11:11AM PST win 100GB of extra storage.

Salem874 said,
where are people getting this 11:11am PST thing from? Not seen any such official announcement.

Anyone else seen the "puzzle" they posted? I'm i being stupid of what. To be it sounds like you need to match the outer ring with the inner to get the code/message from the inner. (or is it other way round)?!

It seemed rather simple, but everyone seems to be getting a different code. Either i'm smart for getting it (and thinking it's easy) or I'm an idiot

The OneDrive team posted a folder with a lot of pictures of different letters on OneDrive in order, if you match the letters, you get a message.

depending on where you live the cost of mobile broadband would make this promotion cost a small fortune to put 100GB of data in the clouds and access it.

Jean-Xavier said,
depending on where you live the cost of mobile broadband would make this promotion cost a small fortune to put 100GB of data in the clouds and access it.

If you were one of them then you wouldn't even bother to use this, no ones forcing it on anyone.

Jean-Xavier said,
depending on where you live the cost of mobile broadband would make this promotion cost a small fortune to put 100GB of data in the clouds and access it.

Yeah, also astronauts would struggle and farm animals......seriously dude if you cant use this service then its not an offer for you! Like moaning about a free car because you don't have a license!

duddit2 said,

Yeah, also astronauts would struggle and farm animals......seriously dude if you cant use this service then its not an offer for you! Like moaning about a free car because you don't have a license!

Jean-Xavier said,
you missed the point - "free storage" does cost you money!
your comprehension is quite amusing!

It would cost me nothing, due to me having broadband at home with no caps and large cap on mobile broadband, both of which I have regardless of cloud storage. So for some IF they choose to use it AND they are very restricted in terms of supplier AND those suppliers would charge them a lot for lowish levels of data then YES this would then be an issue - but we also have this magical word 'choice' in there and no one forces anyone to use cloud storage, so just don't if its going to cost a lot! simples.

Are people forgetting that this is a promotion? What happens to most promotions in every company? "they end" the people of neowin really get they're panties in a twist over everything...


Anyone else notice that you can do referral storage now too? Pretty cool.

I'm already using more than the 25 GB I had from the beginning and had to buy more space I'd appreciate the extra 100 GB for a year. I'd pay to keep that space after a year.
Been using OneDrive-SkyDrive-Live Mesh since day one and I have no plans using any other service. I hope/know Microsoft will continue to enhance/develop more features to OneDrive.
You have me hooked!

Haggis said,
I dont see the point in giving 100Gb for 1 year, so you use 90gb and then you have to pay from then on

Yeah agreed, also that dam Netflix trial...whats the point when I have to pay to use it afterwards?

Seriously though, I pay for skydrive and think its brilliant, along with all the others that pay for it. To get 100GB free for a year means I save that money I would have spent.

It also gives someone the ability to fully use the service for a year and see if they think its worth the £30 or so that it costs, its absolute peanuts TBH but if at the end you don't want to use it you have 2 choices:

1: delete your stuff and keep to the 7 or 25 gig you get free
2: keep your stuff in there and accessible (but cant update anything)

Its dead easy, and I cant work out how this can be seen in a negative light?

Haggis said,
I dont see the point in giving 100Gb for 1 year, so you use 90gb and then you have to pay from then on

I agree, its just stupid. Unfortunately you have the fans who will defend anything they do. Who gives gifts at Christmas only to take them back a year later.

Or how about someone winning the lottery only to have to give all the money back a year later.

Still says SkyDrive for me in browser, but I got my extra 3Gb storage for having enabled auto upload on my wp8 phone.

Just had an email from Microsoft stating:

"And, because of your interest in OneDrive before it launched, we want to make sure you can get started with some extra storage.

Click the link below to get an extra 20 GB for one year:"

Link then signs in with a product key that has given me a one year 20GB on top of my existing 20GB account. Seems all early adopters are being rewarded

cyrl said,
Its just you it seems, I signed up for early adopters but just mail saying it has launched.

Sorry, I don't believe it's "just me". I'm not that special a customer to Microsoft !

Do you happen to be one of those with the grandfathered 25GB when SkyDrive officially launched? I'm one of those who only received an email saying it has launched but no bonus space.

grayscale said,
Do you happen to be one of those with the grandfathered 25GB when SkyDrive officially launched? I'm one of those who only received an email saying it has launched but no bonus space.

i received the +20GB email also and have that 25GB when it was launched

Mayhem said,

i received the +20GB email also and have that 25GB when it was launched

Yep I'm one of the original 25GB crew having used SkyDrive (and Mesh) from release day.

Had the email as well, it has stacked with my previous 1 year 20GB promotion, so now I have an extra 20GB to last until until december 2015.
I have 25 GB (grandfathered) + 20GB (Paid) + 20GB promotion = 65GB

jamieakers said,
Just had an email from Microsoft stating:

"And, because of your interest in OneDrive before it launched, we want to make sure you can get started with some extra storage.

Click the link below to get an extra 20 GB for one year:"

Link then signs in with a product key that has given me a one year 20GB on top of my existing 20GB account. Seems all early adopters are being rewarded

me too

morpheus6969 said,
Click the send to a friend promo button, and extend your 20GB till 2016.

Does that really work?
On the other hand I'm already on 148GB…

jamieakers said,
What use is one year ?

Long enough to get you hooked. That's the point. When it expires, if you're over what you get for free, you willingly become a paying subscriber.

You can't go over what you get for free, the way they hook you is, you have 75GB used out of 100GB and you don't want to move your files, so you just pay up.

If you don't want to pay, just delete your files - you know because its a synchronisation tool so they are already on your system, just login to onedrive and delete the lot (at folder level)?

It seems so simple to me, but you guys carry on with your 'hooks' and other garbage talk, in the real world we don't consider a free year long offer to use a service which costs £32 a year IF you want to carry on using it a scam, especially due to the ease at which you can stop using it.

don't use it then, simples?

for me its plenty, it saves me £32 on my subscription. I would think a year is fine for a lot of people to be honest. How many other services can you fully try out for a full year before beciding to 'take the plunge' and pay the staggering £32 a year to keep it going?

That's right, £32 a YEAR, or £2.66 a MONTH, or 0.61p a WEEK! Do people even know what this costs?

I'm using 130GB right now, its all my music, photos and documents. My phone camera stream saves to it and I know its all safe, the costs will keep coming down and I can access my stuff on any computer, its freed me up.

duddit2 said,
don't use it then, simples?

for me its plenty, it saves me £32 on my subscription. I would think a year is fine for a lot of people to be honest. How many other services can you fully try out for a full year before beciding to 'take the plunge' and pay the staggering £32 a year to keep it going?

That's right, £32 a YEAR, or £2.66 a MONTH, or 0.61p a WEEK! Do people even know what this costs?

I'm using 130GB right now, its all my music, photos and documents. My phone camera stream saves to it and I know its all safe, the costs will keep coming down and I can access my stuff on any computer, its freed me up.

WTF? Calm the hell down señor! I use One Drive. It still doesn't take away from the fact that one year isn't long enough. This has been stated by others here also. I guess this rubs you the wrong way?

JHBrown said,
WTF? Calm the hell down señor! I use One Drive. It still doesn't take away from the fact that one year isn't long enough. This has been stated by others here also. I guess this rubs you the wrong way?

I don't accept that 'one year isn't enough' and others agreeing means diddly squat, a year is more than enough. Come to the point, enough for what? what level are we putting this to, or comparing it to? 'not enough' must imply that some more time would achieve a certain something, but I cant think what. Its saving you £32 for that years 100GB of storage, its free. If it was 2 years it would save you £64 but to what degree 'is it enough'? Are you talking about enough time to see if you like it and want to pay, or enough to make you 'feel like' you got something decent for free (as 1 year free isn't decent).

I'm genuinely asking here, I don't understand the 'not enough time' point of view, I cant see what would be 'enough'.

duddit2 said,

I don't accept that 'one year isn't enough' and others agreeing means diddly squat, a year is more than enough. Come to the point, enough for what? what level are we putting this to, or comparing it to? 'not enough' must imply that some more time would achieve a certain something, but I cant think what. Its saving you £32 for that years 100GB of storage, its free. If it was 2 years it would save you £64 but to what degree 'is it enough'? Are you talking about enough time to see if you like it and want to pay, or enough to make you 'feel like' you got something decent for free (as 1 year free isn't decent).

I'm genuinely asking here, I don't understand the 'not enough time' point of view, I cant see what would be 'enough'.

As written above, you're in the minority here. It's akin to the local crack dealer dishing out the first taster. Once your hooked, you pay.

This analogy is so flawed its unbelievable. The crack dealer wants to get you addicted and to use something that will cause you lots of harm and he doesn't care one bit about that.

Microosft want you to see how well its service runs and how you benefit from having files auto backed up and available from anywhere, something that has no negative side effects and only makes things easier for you, also the price. A crack dealer wants to hook you on something that will ruin you financially, one drive costs £32 a year for the 100GB.

The analogy is slightly similar, but the connotations it brings are so completely different from what Microsoft is doing to make it absolutely absurd to use.

Also, OneDrive, as far as I know, has absolutely zero chemically addicting properties and can be walked away from with very little help from rehab clinics or counselling.

Stop arguing for the sake of arguing. The analogy is perfectly acceptable. They're giving you a taster so that you pay at the end of the year.

Seems most people on this comment section have common sense.

this would then also apply to all game demos, fitness club offers (2 months free), Netflix subs etc., all crack dealing whores!

Or you could see sense and see its a ridiculous analogy.

Also, one more thing, a lot of people agreeing doesn't make anything right, if that was the case we'd al have to agree that Justin Bieber has talent and isn't a little shithead.

p.s. telling someone to stop arguing for the sake of arguing while continuing the argument (or discussion) yourself is also very stupid. I was making my point.

duddit2 said,
this would then also apply to all game demos, fitness club offers (2 months free), Netflix subs etc., all crack dealing whores!

Or you could see sense and see its a ridiculous analogy.

Also, one more thing, a lot of people agreeing doesn't make anything right, if that was the case we'd al have to agree that Justin Bieber has talent and isn't a little shithead.

I'd wager more people hate Justin Beiber than like him, but anyway. A Game demo and a year of OneDrive couldn't be further apart.

Microsoft are providing a service you could become to depend on, quite rightly too, it's a good service. However they wager you'll become dependent on it so after a year they can whip away the free rug and force you in to buying a new carpet. It's the same thing Dropbox do so MS aren't alone in this but they certainly know why they're doing it.

I'd rather them offer a 1GB upgrade for life of the account that a large amount of GB's for one year.

I understand that to a degree, but at no point are you ever dependant on this (or any other) cloud service. Its handy and I love it, but if times were hard or the service started to suck, I'd walk away and not look back.

The files on there would all e on your system anyway, so deleting the files in the cloud would take minutes at most.

The crack analogy falls down because once hooked you don't really have much choice, your chemically addicted, with a service like this there is literally nothing holding you to it, other than your own free choice to use it because you like it (A crack head knows its bad, wants to stop (usually) but cant, he's hooked and no matter how much he wants to he cant stop) - the only thing keeping you using onedrive is the fact that you like it and you don't want to stop using it.

The people making these analogies must have zero knowledge of anyone close with a serious addiction to hard drugs, its completely different and the analogy falls apart very fast.

duddit2 said,
I understand that to a degree, but at no point are you ever dependant on this (or any other) cloud service. Its handy and I love it, but if times were hard or the service started to suck, I'd walk away and not look back.

The files on there would all e on your system anyway, so deleting the files in the cloud would take minutes at most.

The crack analogy falls down because once hooked you don't really have much choice, your chemically addicted, with a service like this there is literally nothing holding you to it, other than your own free choice to use it because you like it (A crack head knows its bad, wants to stop (usually) but cant, he's hooked and no matter how much he wants to he cant stop) - the only thing keeping you using onedrive is the fact that you like it and you don't want to stop using it.

The people making these analogies must have zero knowledge of anyone close with a serious addiction to hard drugs, its completely different and the analogy falls apart very fast.

Ok, no. Fair enough, the crack analogy does fall over if you apply enough pressure.

I'll tell you why i personally don't like it, it's man hours. The time spent setting it up and then time spent removing it at the end of the year is just so terribly inefficient.

MikeChipshop said,

Ok, no. Fair enough, the crack analogy does fall over if you apply enough pressure.

I'll tell you why i personally don't like it, it's man hours. The time spent setting it up and then time spent removing it at the end of the year is just so terribly inefficient.

OK thanks, we're now at a logical level of discussion, or so I feel (and I really didn't mean that condescendingly), but to be fair and apply more pressure, I don't think the analogy needed too much pressure to fall down, just a mere casual glance at this with the slightest amount of logic applied has this analogy falling like an ice house in Mexico. .

So we're down to the time to setup and to 'de' setup after a year (assuming you either don't like it, or cant afford it or simply do not want it).

Installed windows 8 = you have skydrive, upgrade to 8.1 you have better skydrive (don't need to sync all content down to each device, so low storage tablets can use it fine etc.) = either way there is no setup. There is however the time to think (should I copy my stuff or move my stuff to this new folder (e.g. pictures). My response is just do it, its a few seconds to initiate the copy and its same drive so should be very fast, you obviously have to then wait for the content to sync upto the cloud, but the user action is very minimal as you still have whatever you just synced to your onedrive (copy OR move) on your computer, all that you did is initiate an invisible synchronisation of data to the cloud.

Now for a year later, if you have 100GB of data in the cloud and you love the cloud but feeling like MS tricked you into needing this dammed service, you decide you don't want to pay, 2 options for ya:

1: logon to onedrive.com and delete root folders (or whatever you want to bring you under your free limit, but deleting root folders takes seconds of your life)
2: Do NOTHING and keep whatever you added to onedrive on onedrive with no ability to change it at all but knowing its all backed up, and then use dropbod or any other evil offer available

3: delete it from skydrive, and rely on your local drives and be happy with no remote access (other than tech stuff that I know all about but most don't so don't do it).

There we go, simples

I'd say it's probably not as simple as that. Basic mechanics, then yes it is. But the whole ethos of moving stuff to a cloud share, being accessible across the board, having a year to like it like that and get used to it then to have it taken away and go back to either the old way of doing things or having to hunt down and familiarise yourself with a new service that provides the same thing. This is the use i have, ok fair enough, it's not crack, however the thought in mind is it's similar in that you get a taster, a taster that takes some effort to move away from after a year and it's this that i'd say MS are counting on.

I'd say a year is timed to perfection too. Just long enough to get you hooked but not long enough to cost MS too much. I'm a huge fan of MS's but i don;t like this sort of "Pseudo thanks" i'd much prefer them to offer either a smaller life time amount (where they benefit from users seeing how good the service is and upgrading, i mean it is a pretty damn good service.) or offering a few people a lifetime upgrade, thus winning hearts.

I agree. How many who fill those 100 GB with 60 GB of stuff will think "Oh, I didn't need my 53 GB online anyway" once they revert to 7 GB? Strange especially since this sounds like some sort of exclusive offer.

If they couldn't support all those with 100 GB for life, maybe they should just restrict it to, say, 100 people instead? *shrug* Looks better with a great reward that makes sense than trying to roll out some sort of scheme for "winners".

Northgrove said,
If they couldn't support all those with 100 GB for life, maybe they should just restrict it to, say, 100 people instead? *shrug* Looks better with a great reward that makes sense than trying to roll out some sort of scheme for "winners".

Exactly. This isn't a prize - it's an inconvenience.

I dont see how this is an inconvenience. Use it for a year. You dont like it, delete your stuff and move on. OR, just keep it there and you cant add anything but its still there, locked in the cloud until you delete it or get another 100 gigs. Dont even log back in.

How dare they give me 100 free gigs, require nothing from me but to log in, and then only give it for a year...

Scabrat said,
I dont see how this is an inconvenience. Use it for a year. You dont like it, delete your stuff and move on. OR, just keep it there and you cant add anything but its still there, locked in the cloud until you delete it or get another 100 gigs. Dont even log back in.

How dare they give me 100 free gigs, require nothing from me but to log in, and then only give it for a year...

Totally missed the point haven't you? Looks like you're in the minority thankfully.

Oh, and btw. This isnt addicting like drugs. If you use the service and cant get away from it so you have to pay that means its a good service and probably worth spending money on. Good on MS if that happens.

I'm confused, 1st 100k to sign in on the web? or mobile OS? Done both and I haven't got any .

Edit: The Article says *when it begins*...

Ninja Edit 2: Just in time for my Samsung 50GB Dropbox plan to end

Yeah the nerve ey, how dare they not extend this free offer for life. I hate it when companies give away free stuff but fall short of giving away more free stuff, I mean what a pain in the ass free stuff is when its not as good as better free stuff, dam you MS!

(joking)

duddit2 said,
Yeah the nerve ey, how dare they not extend this free offer for life. I hate it when companies give away free stuff but fall short of giving away more free stuff

In this case most people don't have 100GB of data that they'd want to store in the cloud. Most users would have to go out of their way to use that amount of storage, only for it to expire in a year. This is simply a shallow attempt to get people to use a lot of storage and turn them into paid subscribers when it expires.

This offer is beyond worthless.

theyarecomingforyou said,

In this case most people don't have 100GB of data that they'd want to store in the cloud. Most users would have to go out of their way to use that amount of storage, only for it to expire in a year. This is simply a shallow attempt to get people to use a lot of storage and turn them into paid subscribers when it expires.

This offer is beyond worthless.

Once it expires you still have full access to the files, and ITS FREE! Seriously there is something wrong with people thinking that FREE STUFF can or should be viewed negatively because it wouldn't be too useful to them.

Don't use it if you don't want to, but if you do then do so, but for the love of god step back and just apply some level of logic to this, its FREE, there is no way negative spin should be applied here.

And to be fair, I would love this as I'd be saving money for a year (I do subscribe, all my pictures live on there along with all documents and it all syncs between computers (laptop and pc and mum and dads pc - my account). Its very cheap for 100GB but free is even better, and I know I'll never be losing my 40GB pictures folder - this is my children growing up, my memories etc and I don't trust this to an external disk backup, plus I like the ability to access this all anywhere on any device.

duddit2 said,
Once it expires you still have full access to the files, and ITS FREE! Seriously there is something wrong with people thinking that FREE STUFF can or should be viewed negatively because it wouldn't be too useful to them.

But that's not what this is. This is a cynical marketing exercise whereby Microsoft offers you extra storage for a year in the hopes that you'll become a paid subscriber at the end of it. To me getting 100GB for free for just a year is worse than useless - to use it would actually be an inconvenience. I just don't see this as a genuine promotion.

theyarecomingforyou said,

But that's not what this is. This is a cynical marketing exercise whereby Microsoft offers you extra storage for a year in the hopes that you'll become a paid subscriber at the end of it. To me getting 100GB for free for just a year is worse than useless - to use it would actually be an inconvenience. I just don't see this as a genuine promotion.


well of course they want you to become a customer, every single company giving stuff away does so for the same reason, to generate sales. Still doesn't mean you have to, you can fully use the service for a full year and if you like it and want to keep using it do so, if not do nothing and still keep 100GB of data up there backed up and accessible.
this viewpoint of yours seems very strange, almost like you thought companies were nice friendly charities that just love doing you favours and have no reason to want to gain more profit from the efforts they put in.

duddit2 said,

Once it expires you still have full access to the files, and ITS FREE! Seriously there is something wrong with people thinking that FREE STUFF can or should be viewed negatively because it wouldn't be too useful to them.

Don't use it if you don't want to, but if you do then do so, but for the love of god step back and just apply some level of logic to this, its FREE, there is no way negative spin should be applied here.

And to be fair, I would love this as I'd be saving money for a year (I do subscribe, all my pictures live on there along with all documents and it all syncs between computers (laptop and pc and mum and dads pc - my account). Its very cheap for 100GB but free is even better, and I know I'll never be losing my 40GB pictures folder - this is my children growing up, my memories etc and I don't trust this to an external disk backup, plus I like the ability to access this all anywhere on any device.

lmao time to wake up, yes, they let you keep the files, but you won't be able to upload anything else, for example, let's say, out of your 100gb, you only have 40gb full and 60gb empty, guess what, you still won't be able to upload more files, because you are still above the free data, in order to upload more files, you have to bring down to below your free storage, also who stores their files for only 1 year ? this is a scam to get you to buy more storage, google does the same thing, and fools fall for it, for the shiny numbers lmao

theyarecomingforyou said,

In this case most people don't have 100GB of data that they'd want to store in the cloud. Most users would have to go out of their way to use that amount of storage, only for it to expire in a year. This is simply a shallow attempt to get people to use a lot of storage and turn them into paid subscribers when it expires.

This offer is beyond worthless.


this, people cannot see their scam, is a tease to get you to buy more space in the future, who stores their files for only 1 year?, also you wont be able to upload anything else, is useless, but these sheep get all excited because they see the shiny number, the shiny gigabites lmao

rufian said,


this, people cannot see their scam, is a tease to get you to buy more space in the future, who stores their files for only 1 year?, also you wont be able to upload anything else, is useless, but these sheep get all excited because they see the shiny number, the shiny gigabites lmao

How the f**K is this a scam, if you like it then use it if not remove your #### and don't use it, its all synced anyway so you wont eed to download. JESUS what is wrong with you people? Its free for a year, after that there are no ties and lockins, you can remove your stuff and walk away, there is NO OTHER WAY to allow people to fully use it without paying other than this, is there?

The actual cost is peanuts anyway, for peace of mind, access anywhere backup but as said over and over agin you do not have to pay.

I'm getting irate here because to me the opinions expressed are absolutely stupid, due solely to the point that THERE IS NO TIE IN, your files sync and you can just delete and walk away after the year with your files still on your computer just not in the free cloud anymore, OR if you like it (god forbid ey) you can CHOOSE to keep using it but pay (also god forbid pay for a service), but in no way is this a scam from anyone (MS, google, dropbox, apple etc.)

rufian said,

lmao time to wake up, yes, they let you keep the files, but you won't be able to upload anything else, for example, let's say, out of your 100gb, you only have 40gb full and 60gb empty, guess what, you still won't be able to upload more files, because you are still above the free data, in order to upload more files, you have to bring down to below your free storage, also who stores their files for only 1 year ? this is a scam to get you to buy more storage, google does the same thing, and fools fall for it, for the shiny numbers lmao

Wake up? are you ****** me, your talking absolute nonsense with your head up your arse telling me to wake up?

Of course you cant add more to a service your over quota on, so you choose:

A: I didn't like it, so I will delete my crap of there (takes a few minutes, and its synced so its still on your system/s)
B: I did like it but don't want to pay £30 a year for it, so refer to option A
C: I did like it and will pay the £30 a year for it, which will give me 125GB of online synced available anywhere storage
D: I liked it but only want to use the free stuff (7 or 25GB + bonus stuff), so delete what you want to bring it down

Sorry to offend and get irate, but I'm absolutely shocked at the level of delusion and stupidity shown here by some.

Edited by Eric, Feb 20 2014, 12:58am :

duddit2 said,

Wake up? are you ****** me, your talking absolute nonsense with your head up your arse telling me to wake up?

Of course you cant add more to a service your over quota on, so you choose:

A: I didn't like it, so I will delete my crap of there (takes a few minutes, and its synced so its still on your system/s)
B: I did like it but don't want to pay £30 a year for it, so refer to option A
C: I did like it and will pay the £30 a year for it, which will give me 125GB of online synced available anywhere storage
D: I liked it but only want to use the free stuff (7 or 25GB + bonus stuff), so delete what you want to bring it down

Sorry to offend and get irate, but I'm absolutely shocked at the level of delusion and stupidity shown here by some.

they don't care about you, they will not give you too much free storage, is against their interests, all they care about is money, sure they let you keep the files, even google lets you keep the files, but then you cannot add more files, edit, delete, add again, etc, this is not convenient, is inconvenient, like the girl above sais, is useless, also microsoft can delete your files anytime they want anyway, because you are free user, a freeloader, basically wasting their resources, you are using their data 100gb, without paying ####, unwilling to delete your files, because you know, your space will be gone, a space that they could give to someone else who actually pays for the service

Edited by Eric, Feb 20 2014, 12:12am :

rufian said,

they don't care about you, they will not give you too much free storage, is against their interests, all they care about is money, sure they let you keep the files, even google lets you keep the files, but then you cannot add more files, edit, delete, add again, etc, this is not convenient, is inconvenient, like the girl above sais, is useless, also microsoft can delete your files anytime they want anyway, because you are free user, a freeloader, basically wasting their resources, you are using their data 100gb, without paying ####, unwilling to delete your files, because you know, your space will be gone, a space that they could give to someone else who actually pays for the service

Have you listened to this nonsense you speak, what tablets do you take for this extreme paranoia you suffer from and more to the point do you ever get out of the basement?

Sick to death of talking to complete idiots about this, so goodbye.

rufian said,

they don't care about you, they will not give you too much free storage, is against their interests, all they care about is money, sure they let you keep the files, even google lets you keep the files, but then you cannot add more files, edit, delete, add again, etc, this is not convenient, is inconvenient, like the girl above sais, is useless, also microsoft can delete your files anytime they want anyway, because you are free user, a freeloader, basically wasting their resources, you are using their data 100gb, without paying ####, unwilling to delete your files, because you know, your space will be gone, a space that they could give to someone else who actually pays for the service

Did I miss something? I didnt read at all that Microsoft was giving me a free 100 gigs because they liked me and was charitable. They are a business and smart businesses care about money. They HAVE to be as profitable as they can be to keep in business. So I dont get the part that they dont care about me. They care about me because they want my money. Like every good business does...

And they can delete your files. Its their hard drives after all. Google can too. So can Amazon and every other cloud storage service. They say that to protect themselves. I dont think Microsoft will delete my data if I dont pay because its more cost effective for them to take a hit on the 100gs I dont use then delete my data and make me rage. So they probably wont delete my data =). Remember, they care about my money and it costs less to keep a customer than to gain them. =)

They should give a few (say, 10 or 20 people) of those 100,000 accounts 100 GB for life. It could be great!

It's good to know that the Android app now support auto uploading of photos. I will stop using Dropbox as I did just for that alone. All my files are on OneDrive.