Users can earn 8GB free extra OneDrive storage by completing basic tasks

Microsoft will soon relaunch SkyDrive as OneDrive as a result of a trademark dispute, and along with that launch will come several new features, such as co-owner file support. Another feature allegedly coming to the service will be the ability to earn extra storage.

According to LiveSide, which also broke news of the co-owner file support, OneDrive users can earn up to 8GB of extra storage by completing basic tasks, such as referring friends to the service or syncing camera photos. Users can earn up to 5GB of storage on the service by referring friends, with 500MB earned for each friend referred to OneDrive. Additionally, 3GB of storage can be earned by syncing photos through the OneDrive app's camera roll feature on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. The feature is similar to many competing cloud storage services, as Dropbox has offered users extra storage for referring users and Box has offered extra storage simply for using its iOS app.

All new OneDrive users will get the same 7GB of storage currently offered by SkyDrive, and the additional storage earned won't expire, LiveSide claims. That differs from several other promotions Microsoft has used for SkyDrive, such as giving Windows Phone users an additional 20GB for a year.

Microsoft hasn't revealed when SkyDrive will formally relaunch as OneDrive, though a likely date is when Windows 8.1 Update 1 launches sometime in the next few months.

Source: LiveSide | Image via LiveSide

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I was more concerned about privacy than sync

As with all cloud services, a user may choose to employ local encryption and decryption solutions that cannot be bypassed or decrypted by the cloud service company, even if the host company is somehow legally pressured or illegally compromised.

Simon Fowkes said,
Mega has 50 GB, wonder if it's encryption keeps you safe from NSA/GHCQ? /s

I'd be more concerned about Mega than NSA.

EddieZe said,
I'd be more concerned about Mega than NSA.

Wow. The reality distortion field is strong with this one.

Mega does not have armed forces who can storm your house, confiscate all your stuff and incarcerate you indefinitely without giving you a reason why, nor does it have any connection with any agency who can do so. The NSA on the other hand...

Competing services using similar tactics to lure users into their product? Gasp, the horror.

That said, OneDrive is the best cloud storage out there, IMHO. DropBox is a close second. iCloud and Drive being two of the worst I've used.

There are many things I like about SkyDrive / OneDrive but I'm gutted that LAN sync is still missing from SkyDrive (which Mesh had and DropBox has.)

DonC said,
There are many things I like about SkyDrive / OneDrive but I'm gutted that LAN sync is still missing from SkyDrive (which Mesh had and DropBox has.)

why would you need Mesh when in window 7/8 you could have local storage like a drive but sync to SkyDrive as well. All it stores are fraction of what the actual file size on these local drive.

DonC said,
There are many things I like about SkyDrive / OneDrive but I'm gutted that LAN sync is still missing from SkyDrive (which Mesh had and DropBox has.)

Yeah, I miss PC-to-PC sync too, but lots of users found it complicated to set up (add trusted PC blahblahblah) so it never really took off. Thankfully HomeGroups work really well in Windows 7.

Not in NL at least.

Also nowhere it is mentioned WHERE YOU CAN GET THIS.

Just says "You can get addition space by inviting friends or turning on automatic backup from your camera roll"
Not where to go or what to click. Went to my skydrive, clicked around a bit, couldn't find it.

insanelyapple said,
..... own more of your data?

no.
You retain ownership.
Encrypted on disk so lower echelon employees can't mine your stuffs.

This is getting old already.

This makes perfect sense. If you are into drop box, google drive, there's no reason to get all that extra storage when these person has no intention of using it. Should be fine with 7GB.

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