Microsoft Corportion (NASDAQ:MSFT) today officially relaunched SkyDrive as OneDrive, a transition that was bound to happen because of a legal requirement to change the name. Existing SkyDrive users can access their files and get the new OneDrive experience by visiting onedrive.com. On this occasion, Microsoft also announced some new features for its cloud storage service.
100GB of free space to 100,000 OneDrive users
To celebrate the relaunch of SkyDrive as OneDrive, the company will be offering bonus space for 100,000 users. Microsoft revealed these details in a blog post.
Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President of Windows Services said that the company will be offering 100 GB of free storage for 1 year to 100,000 people. To participate, users will need to keep an eye on OneDrive’s Twitter account for clues. Winners will then need to sign in to their OneDrive account to get the 100GB bonus space for one year.
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OneDrive users can also get free bonus space
Users will get this 100GB of bonus space on top of the 7GB of free space then they usually get, and also on top of the extra free space that can now be earned by using the camera backup feature (which gets you 3GB), or by referring friends (500MB for each friend that joins SkyDrive). Microsoft previously didn’t offer any way to get bonus space, but it seems that the Redmond-based company is now following the footsteps of Dropbox by offering 500MB of extra space for each friend that joins OneDrive.
In the past, Microsoft has offered large amount of free space to its tablet and Windows Phone users. If you buy a Surface 2 or Surface 2 Pro tablet, then you can still get 200GB of OneDrive space for two years. The company also gave bonus space to its Windows Phone users previously.
So if you want to grab the 100GB extra space, on top of the usual 7GB free space, then keep checking OneDrive’s Twitter handle. After all, the more free space, the better it is, right?