Microsoft tries to woo former MobileMe users with 15GB of extra free SkyDrive space

A few days ago, we reported that Apple would not be extending the deadline for its former MobileMe users to access up to 50GB of free space on its iCloud service. The free space offer finally ends on Sept. 30 and once that happens, those ex-MobileMe subscribers will find their free space cut down to just 5 GB on iCloud, although they have the option of purchasing more space.

Now Microsoft is using this opportunity to entice those former MobileMe users to dump iCloud entirely and come on over to Microsoft's SkyDrive service. In a post today on the official SkyDrive account, Microsoft stated:

We assume that "extra" 15 GB means that MobileMe users will get that amount of storage on top of the free 7GB of space that Microsoft gives all SkyDrive users. That means MobileMe users will actually get access to 22 GB of free SkyDrive space for one year.

This interesting attempt at taking some of Apple's customers away comes as Microsoft also has to come up with an all new name for SkyDrive, after losing a trademark battle with BSkyB last week over the brand.

Source: SkyDrive on Twitter via WPCentral.com

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StandingInAlley said,
I just sent them an email Over the years i have paid about $400 to Apple for MobileMe

I hope you like it! I think you'll also get access to the online version of Office. Its too light for power users, but I'd say its pretty darn good for normal folks who never use 95% of what Word and Excel can do. Also, OneNote is nice, too

Zaic said,
25gigs skydrive 50gigs box.net 8gigs DropbBox, 15gigs Gdrive... all for free...

25 GB Sky Drive, Unlimited GB Box.net (Corporate User), 75 GB DropBox, 1TB Google Drive all for free.

My company has a corporate account with Box and my work email give me the privilege to store unlimited I also have the free personal account with 50GB.

Through the years, when Samsung and HTC made deals with DropBox, I would walk into a cellphone store and sign in with my DropBox on the device and sign out just to get the free space on my account.

Lastly, I went to a Best Buy in Manhattan and signed in with my Google Account on the Chromebook Pixel and signed up for the 1TB space on my Google Drive. I missed the opportunity for 100GB with Chromebook. I will probably do the same with the Moto X for the 50GB Google Drive offer.

I don't think that's an email.. more like a tweet.. far as I can understand you have to send an email to the address in the tweet and there you have it

MidnightDevil said,
I don't think that's an email.. more like a tweet.. far as I can understand you have to send an email to the address in the tweet and there you have it

Apple sent out an email letting MobileMe users know that they're about to get downgraded to 5GB of storage space on their switch to iCloud.

Microsoft is telling Apple customers to forward that email to their address to get the extra Skydrive storage.

This is only for one year. All these cloud things, get people once hooked to it and then start charging arm and length. I don't want anything to do with cloud mania and will happily store my stuff on local drive.

Auditor said,
This is only for one year. All these cloud things, get people once hooked to it and then start charging arm and length. I don't want anything to do with cloud mania and will happily store my stuff on local drive.
It has its uses. I can certainly understand wanting to avoid a bait-and-switch, though!

SkyDrive cost me $10/yr for an additional 20g of storage. Free starts with 7g, so that'd be 27g. I was using SkyDrive for a long time, back when it was 25g free (basically during beta), so I got to keep that as a "thank you," hence my 45g. Its been useful to keep files synched between my computers, plus letting my access them on my Lumia.

But, everyone's different, so I won't presume this would work or be ideal for you. If you're techie enough for it, though, you could rent server space and set up your own off-site storage. Always good to follow 3-2-1 for backups.

Auditor said,
then start charging arm and length.

You must have very cheap arms and legs if you think these prices for SkyDrive and such are high

brent3000 said,

You must have very cheap arms and legs if you think these prices for SkyDrive and such are high

Do you have problem with reading comprehension. Let me help you, I said in future when this subscription thing takes off then MS will be free to raise price way over. This is all introductory price.

brent3000 said,

You must have very cheap arms and legs if you think these prices for SkyDrive and such are high

Its not unreasonable to expect prices to go up, though. While it'll be a while before they reach previous levels (DropBox was charging more for additional storage but dropped, Google charged more, etc), they will eventually go up. The other worry would be that ISPs decide that they should get serious with data caps and/or throttling. A massive upload or download could really mess you up, or cause overage charges.

There is room for concern, and as consumers we should try to be aware of them. Flickr essentially held a boatload of photos "hostage" from me when I went from premium to free, and there's no easy way to get all the photos off their site. Due to a computer crash, those were, and still are, my only remaining copies of those pics!

Yes, I knew about backups. But, like a lot of people who know better, it was one of those, "I'll do it later" type things *-*

Just in time for Microsoft to change the product's name. Would look little sketchy that these MobileMe users come back in a year and see SkyDrive (name) is nowhere to be found.

Microsoft only have to change the name in the UK as far as I'm aware, although I think Microsoft are appealing the decision.

If it happens I think it'll probably work much in the same way as when Google had to rename Gmail to Googlemail in the UK

Smart move. I hope Google and DropBox have similar offers. I'm very happy with my paid Skydrive account (45g), but don't know how it is for iOS and OSX.

Chikairo said,
Smart move. I hope Google and DropBox have similar offers. I'm very happy with my paid Skydrive account (45g), but don't know how it is for iOS and OSX.

Skydrive is actually quite nice on OS X and iOS. It's not a replacement for iCloud, but they work quite well together. It's basically a Dropbox alternative, and I think that it's probably a better designed one.

Chikairo said,
Smart move. I hope Google and DropBox have similar offers. I'm very happy with my paid Skydrive account (45g), but don't know how it is for iOS and OSX.

I had problems syncing my photos on SkyDrive on my Windows 8 Laptop with my MBP with Mountain Lion. Endless sync, delete files by itself and re-sync again. Infinite loop...

THolman said,

Skydrive is actually quite nice on OS X and iOS. It's not a replacement for iCloud, but they work quite well together. It's basically a Dropbox alternative, and I think that it's probably a better designed one.


Nice to hear! I don't have a Mac anymore, and I happily use a Windows Phone, so I've got no way to try it myself. In a perfect world, our OS/device of choice won't matter, because we've got tons of options, you know?

Jolo - sorry to hear that