Microsoft's free one year Office 365 subscription to 'loyal users'

rosoft has found a way to lure its cloud storage users to subscribe Office 365. It is now offering a one year long Office 365 subscription worth close to $120 (Dh440) for free to anyone who is an active OneDrive user using more than 5GB of cloud storage.

Last month Microsoft had announced that it was taking back a part of the free storage from 15GB to 5 GB and limiting the unlimited storage offered to Office 365 subscribers to 1TB.

“For customers of our free service who have over 5GB of content and who are directly impacted by the storage change, we will offer one free year of Office 365 Personal, which includes 1 TB of storage.  These customers will receive an email with redemption information early next year,” it said in a statement.

The news comes even as Microsoft announced a limited time offer, where customers could reclaim lost free cloud storage.

Onedrive customers with free storage can still claim their additional 10 GB of free storage and 15 GB camera roll bonus by clicking oh

Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced that it could offer a full refund to current Office 365 subscribers unhappy with the decision.

“Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscriptions will continue to include 1 TB of storage and any subscriber who received additional storage as part of our unlimited offer will keep it for at least 12 months. For anyone unhappy with the decision to not offer unlimited storage, we will offer a full refund,” it said.

“While we are not changing our overall plans, we’d like to clarify what we are doing for customers impacted by the changes and share a new offer which we hope will go a long way in making the situation better for our biggest fans,” it added. ... 2015-12-17-1.614350