Well, this much is clear: Microsoft can't possibly escalate its cloud offerings any higher than this. On Monday, the firm announced that all Office 365 subscribers—consumers, businesses, whatever—will now get unlimited OneDrive (or, for business users OneDrive for Business) storage. Not 25 GB. Not 1 TB. Unlimited.
"Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365," Microsoft's Chris Jones writes in a new post to the OneDrive blog. "Moving forward, all Office 365 customers will get unlimited OneDrive storage at no additional cost. We've started rolling this out today to Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers."
If you're interested in being among the first to take advantage of this upgrade, sign in to your Microsoft account (the one that's associated with an Office 365 Home, Personal or University subscription, obviously) and then visit the OneDrive Preview web site to sign up.
Here are the pertinent details:
It's everyone. If you have any kind of Office 365 subscription, you will be getting unlimited OneDrive (or, for business users, OneDrive for Business) storage ... at some point.
When? First, Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers. Office 365 business customers will be rolled out at a future date. Check the Office 365 roadmap web site for details, but it won't be until 2015.
What do you need to do? Nothing. Though, again, if you're an Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscriber and want that free storage pronto, head to the OneDrive Preview web site and sign up.
I don't see how any standalone storage service (Dropbox, etc.) can survive now. And Google will need to offer a similar deal, though of course Google has nothing that can compete with Office 365. Game over.