Microsoft hands out 100GB of free OneDrive storage

Microsoft has opened a free 100GB upgrade to OneDrive to all comers worldwide.

Microsoft has opened a free 100GB upgrade to OneDrive to all comers worldwide, expanding the deal from a U.S.-only eligibility.

Long-time Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott reported on the expanded offer earlier today.

OneDrive, Microsoft's consumer-grade cloud storage and sync service, comes with 15GB of free storage, although the company frequently gives away additional space.

The latest promotion provides 100GB extra storage for two years, at which time users' accounts will revert to 15GB. They will then have to pay to add more files to the cloud service; existing files stored there will not be deleted.

100GB of storage normally costs $1.99 monthly, or $23.88 per year.

Other options for more space include subscribing to Office 365 Home or Personal, the rent-not-buy-Office plans that list for $6.99 per month (or $69.99 annually) and $9.99 per month ($99.99), respectively. Those plans provide an unlimited amount of OneDrive storage.

The free OneDrive space offer does not apply to customers with OneDrive for Business, the storage service tied to corporate Office 365 subscriptions.

To obtain the extra 100GB of OneDrive space, users must log in with their Microsoft ID, then click this link.

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