Today, Microsoft are officially launching their newly branded OneDrive cloud storage service allowing users to easily sync their data across multiple devices with ease. To celebrate the launch they will also be giving away 100GB worth of free cloud storage to 100,000 people. OneDrive is essentially a re-branding of their previous cloud service, SkyDrive, which they were forced to rename following a legal dispute with UK TV broadcaster BSkyB, as the word Sky was being used. However, with the newly re-named and updated service come extra benefits for the end-user including:-
- Automatic camera backup for Android
- The ability to share and view videos just as easily as photos
- Easy ways for users to get more free storage on top of the 7GB you already get
- Ability to co-edit documents in real-time
One of the main attractions will be for Android users as they can now get all their images backed up to their OneDrive account thanks to the new Android app, that also gives the user an extra 3GB worth of storage for just turning on. This is a great way for users to make sure that their images are always backed up and safe, should they ever lose their device or get it stolen. For iPhone or iPad owners, you can grab the app over at the iTunes Store.
Regarding getting extra storage on top of your already free 7GB worth of space, customers who refer friends can now receive up to 5 GB (in 500 MB increments) for each friend who accepts an invitation to OneDrive, which is very similar to how Dropbox users were able to increase their online storage.
If you want to be one of the lucky people who get 100GB of storage for free, keep an eye on their Twitter feed for clues.
[Update] The code that @OneDrive just tweeted was, “the first one hundred thousand users to log into onedrive dot com today beginning at 11:11 am pst win 100 gb of extra storage”. So make sure that you are one of the first 100K users to log in at that time to claim your extra space. That’s 19:11hrs in GMT.
10,000,000 GB of #OneDrive storage given away in less than 30 minutes! Wow.
— OneDrive (@onedrive) February 19, 2014
If you were one of the lucky first, then the next time you log in you should now see that you have an extra 100GB of storage for free which will last for 1 year.