Microsoft is taking advantage of Apple's iOS 8 woes by increasing its OneDrive free storage from 15GB to 30GB for iPhone users. For those who might be wondering what is going on, well, some iPhone and iPad users are having issues attempting to update to iOS 8 due to insufficient storage, so Microsoft is hoping to save the day.
It's a cheeky offer by Microsoft, one that is already showing signs of progress as several iPhone users are backing up their photos, videos, and other important documents on OneDrive. Some might ask why iPhone and iPad users aren't using iCloud for this. Well, iCloud only offers 5GB of free storage, not nearly enough for the amount of content some users have on their iDevices.
We understand that for some users, they need up to 7GB of free storage on their device to download and install iOS 8. This is more than what iCloud offers, so users are unable to back up their content on Apple's cloud storage platform.
"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," said Microsoft via its blog. "We think you'll appreciate having more free storage while setting up your iPhone 6 or upgrading to iOS 8. It's a limited time offer, so act fast and download OneDrive for iOS."
Although Microsoft is upping the storage mainly due to the woes of iPhone and iPad users, folks who use either Android or Windows Phone will also get their storage increased to 30GB. We're pretty happy about this, because not everyone is interested in owning an iPhone.
Now, to get the 30GB of free storage, folks will have to sign up for a free OneDrive account, and activate the auto upload feature from the camera-roll. Once that is done, new users should see an increase in their storage right off the bat.
For those who are already signed up for OneDrive, the storage should increase to 30GB, unless the auto upload feature has not been activated.
Several folks are already praising Microsoft after this cheeky move. We now wait with baited breath to see if Google aims to respond in any meaningful fashion.