Some SkyDrive/OneDrive users getting offers for 20GB of space for one year

Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it will begin using the name OneDrive for its cloud storage service, which will take the place of SkyDrive.  Technically, the name change has yet to take place but it appears that Microsoft is trying to throw in some extra storage space for a few SkyDrive owners ahead of the transition to the new OneDrive brand.

According to messages from a number of Neowin forum members today, they received emails from Microsoft stating they were a "valued" member of SkyDrive and as such were a part of a select few that would be given an extra 20GB of storage space on their accounts for one year. That's on top of their 7 GB of free space that's given to every SkyDrive member.

You may remember that in December, some Windows Phone owners were also given 20GB of free SkyDrive space for one year. As it turns out, one Neowin community member, "spenser.d" got both offers so he currently has 47 GB of free space on SkyDrive to play around with. If you happen to have one of these offers in your inbox, be aware that you have until March 31st to take advantage of this latest freebie from Microsoft.

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Yo where mine at, Microsoft!!

Sure you already gave me (back) 25GB but I'd like to get an additional 20GB free for a year.

No emails for me..
but have 50 gb forever on BOX. and 48 gb for a year on dropbox.

I am sure they don't delete after a year but hope they give access whenever needed!

Meh... unless they're offering a "lifetime" upgrade to more space, only being offered an additional amount of space for 12 months is pretty useless, and just a ploy to get you to pay to keep it after 12 months!

That's rubbish considering they were giving away 25gb lifetime upgrades when outlook.com went live! Luckily I had half dozen email accounts!

I require 2 features only.. save email attachments directly to skydrive and android photo sync without clunky 3rd party apps...

skydrive is the best cloud service i used, i don't know why everyone keep on promoting dropbox when they don't even have option to view pdf online, and is very limited on features.

Well, if you install the apps from Baidu, China in your phone, you get 2TB free and permanent in their cloud servers......so, what's the fuss over 20GB???

I got 25gb forever when changed from Live mesh to skydrive and got extra 20gb for a year last December. I wouldn't complain if I got another 20gb for a year.

I got 20GB for free once with Microsoft before, which, upon my 365 subscription and the 7GB free, I'm at 47GB too. No email from them unfortunately though.

So what happens to your files when the one year offer expires?

I don't have Sky/Onedrive but there was a similar offer some time ago about 10GB for two years on GoogleDrive, and while I'm nowhere near filling that space (yet) I wonder what files exactly I would lose if I filled it and it came to expire.

Random? Last ones uploaded? Would I get to choose?

Your Skydrive/Onedrive get's frozen and you can't add more files until you buy more or delete enough to be under your storage limit.

Wondering when this would be asked. Every time there is a "get more free space on SkyDrive" article, there is 5 or so "but what happens when the free space expires, do you lose the data?" comments, the response is no, you don't lose it.

So what happens to your files when the one year offer expires?

They delete your files, raze your home, and sow your fields with salt.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
Wondering when this would be asked. Every time there is a "get more free space on SkyDrive" article, there is 5 or so "but what happens when the free space expires, do you lose the data?" comments, the response is no, you don't lose it.

Well, it's a logical first concern any time you hear about timed storage offers from any provider.

Well, Why we need 20Gb of unsecured cloud storage (shared with NSA), when we have MEGA secured cloud storage with 50Gb free?

beBoss™ said,
Well, Why we need 20Gb of unsecured cloud storage (shared with NSA), when we have MEGA secured cloud storage with 50Gb free?

Oh, you're one of those people. Let's see,
*Skydrive is integrated with Windows
*Skydrive has an app on every platform
*Skydrive integrates nicely with Outlook.com
*Skydrive syncs with the most computers
*Skydrive offers many promotions so you can get more storage
*Skydrive is compatible with all Office file formats
*Skydrive has Word Online
*Skydrive has OneNote (the best note taking app anywhere, available on most platforms)
*Skydrive has groups (groups.live.com)
*Skydrive has auto-saving for documents
*Skydrive can create surveys/forms through Excel
*Skydrive has file fetching
*Skydrive has selective folder syncing
*Skydrive is faster to load
*Skydrive syncs your PC settings
*Skydrive syncs your WP camera roll
*Skydrive is developed by a well known company that makes Windows
*Skydrive has a plain text editor
*Skydrive has a nicer interface
*Skydrive has PowerPoint online
*Skydrive has Excel Online
*Skydrive is accessible even on the Xbox One
*Skydrive has a cooler name even
*Skydrive is being renamed to Onedrive
*Skydrive has a recycle bin

ians18 said,

*Skydrive has a cooler name even
*Skydrive is being renamed to Onedrive
*Skydrive has a recycle bin

This is gold, right here. Gold. Solid effort hahahaha

I almost expected to see *Skydrive has Clippy

ians18 said,

Oh, you're one of those people. Let's see,
*Skydrive is integrated with Windows
*Skydrive has an app on every platform
*Skydrive integrates nicely with Outlook.com
*Skydrive syncs with the most computers
*Skydrive offers many promotions so you can get more storage
*Skydrive is compatible with all Office file formats
*Skydrive has Word Online
*Skydrive has OneNote (the best note taking app anywhere, available on most platforms)
*Skydrive has groups (groups.live.com)
*Skydrive has auto-saving for documents
*Skydrive can create surveys/forms through Excel
*Skydrive has file fetching
*Skydrive has selective folder syncing
*Skydrive is faster to load

OH SNAP!

Well, I don't see nothing about security? Of course, there is no security!!! MEGA can do everything on your list. Of course is not integrated, but you can sync all of your files and folder with settings, pictures, documents, etc. And is compatible with all windows files, so nothing interesting of your list.

beBoss™ said,
Well, I don't see nothing about security? Of course, there is no security!!! MEGA can do everything on your list. Of course is not integrated, but you can sync all of your files and folder with settings, pictures, documents, etc. And is compatible with all windows files, so nothing interesting of your list.

Microsoft doesn't scan personal files, only shared ones for porn and such.
Also, Skydrive has a better front end and MEGA doesn't have selective folder sync or Office!
You didn't even read the list!
Besides do you really trust Kim Dotcom or MEGA?

Of course, is more secure then MS! And you have selective folder in MEGA. You can sync what you want to sync. And what about office????????? MS Office save its files on the local hard drive, so these files can be easy sync with MEGA cloud! It's the same. Yeah you have to do manually this sync (to locate which folder to sync), but it's exactly the same. And about security and "Microsoft doesn't scan personal files, only shared ones for porn and such." phahahahaha keep believe in this....

beBoss™ said,
Of course, is more secure then MS! And you have selective folder in MEGA. You can sync what you want to sync. And what about office????????? MS Office save its files on the local hard drive, so these files can be easy sync with MEGA cloud! It's the same. Yeah you have to do manually this sync (to locate which folder to sync), but it's exactly the same. And about security and "Microsoft doesn't scan personal files, only shared ones for porn and such." phahahahaha keep believe in this....

I don't think you understand, I/We were talking about Office Online (web apps). You believe a deported arrested crazy guy over a professional company? Wow.

Yes, I believe in that guy more then MS. Arrested for what? For file sharing business. But MS and all that leaks about NSA, hell NO!

I got the email today

Thank you for using SkyDrive.

You're one of our most valued SkyDrive users, and one of a select group to receive this gift of an extra 20 GB for one year, free.

It's just our way of saying thanks. And stay tuned - SkyDrive will soon become OneDrive with exciting updates that will make it even easier to store, share and collaborate across all of your favorite devices.


I got the Windows Phone extra 20GB email, but the link does nothing. And MS know nothing about who I talk to to sort it. Wonder if this will be the same. Have free stuff, but you can't claim it.

rfirth said,
I didn't even get the WP email, and I've been using WP since about a month before it even originally released...

That's lame. They gave us all 20GB for supporting the platform. I just can't claim it.

Nothing here.

But, grandfathered 25GB + 20GB from last year + 200GB for Surface 2... well, I don't need anymore to be honest!

ZipZapRap said,
Nothing here.

But, grandfathered 25GB + 20GB from last year + 200GB for Surface 2... well, I don't need anymore to be honest!


I lost my Surface Pro 2 - SkyDrive 200Gb card the day I bought it :-) fml

Lies! More is always better! I've got two 20GB bonuses and, 20GB from 365, and a 3GB bonus from somewhere. I'm sittin' at a comfy 70 gigs now!