Following the release of iOS 8 earlier this week, Microsoft is now providing 30 GB of free storage to its OneDrive users.
Taking advantage of the space required for iOS 8 users to install the new firmware, Microsoft offers this limited-time offer for its file hosting service, OneDrive. Last July, free OneDrive storage was increased by Microsoft to 15 GB.
For those getting ready to install iOS 8, this means you won’t have to delete a bunch of photos or applications to make room for the upgrade. As explained by OneDrive program manager, Douglas pearce:
We’ve been listening to the commentary about storage on the new iPhones released today and we wanted to get you more storage right away. We think you’ll appreciate having more free storage while setting up your iPhone 6 or upgrading to iOS 8.
Between now and the end of the month, download the official iOS app of OneDrive, sign in or sign up for OneDrive, and activate the automatic camera roll backup. And just like that, you get an additional extra storage upto 30 GB.
This may also be an enterprising move on the part of Microsoft to attract customers away from Apples’s recently launched iCloud-based file hosting service, iCloud Drive, whose premium pricing starts at $0.99 a month for 20GB. OneDrive’s pricing starts at $1.99 a month for 10GB. iOS users might temporarily take the shed under Microsoft’s OneDrive but are expected to return to the Apple’s iCloud Drive which is somehow cheaper.