Cloud Drama

Weirdly, though the University of California system (including UCSB) utilizes Microsoft’s Office 365 Pro Plus service for all its students , it notably does not include Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business plan, which Microsoft advertises as coming with that package. I had been using the personal-level OneDrive plan instead, as it gave me a respectable 30GB of free cloud storage.

But things changed when they announced an ill-received move on November 2 that they were reducing free storage down to 5GB (making it the same as iCloud Drive, a service not exactly known for its generosity). To rub salt on the wound, Microsoft claimed in Orwellian doublespeak that they were making the change “in pursuit of productivity and collaboration”, but their actions directly contradicted CEO Satya Nadella’s cloud-first policy.

Turns out, UCSB just contracted with Box for cloud storage, and I get unlimited storage as long as I’m a student here (which will hopefully be a few years at least!). I remember using Box back in 2006 when they only had a web interface and no native-syncing client. Looks like I’ll be switching to them.

Posted on: November 17, 2015, by : Q.Z.

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