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Microsoft reaches out to former Apple MobileMe users, offers 1 year of extra 15 GB for SkyDrive

While we don’t suspect many of you are users of the former cloud-service from Apple called MobileMe, which was cancelled last year and merged into iCloud, we suppose it couldn’t hurt to mention this offer.

Last year, Apple abandoned MobileMe, which had trouble from day one. Those users though did have 20GB of free online storage while Apple’s new iCloud only offered 5GB. Apple did however make up the 15GB difference for one year to those switching over, but alas, that one year ended within the last few days (though some have extensions until September 30th). As a result, Apple sent out “downgrade” notices to people notifying them that they are losing that 15GB. Users can either accept that or pay to keep the extra 15GB.

Now, the SkyDrive team is trying to take advantage of the situation by offering an extra 15GB of free storage on top of the already free 7GB. Granted, it too is limited to one year and those SkyDrive users will be given the same offer: pay or get downgraded at that time. But it’s an interesting attempt by the SkyDrive team to lure new people over to at least try the service—who knows, they may like it and stay?

To qualify, all a prospect needs to do is send the downgrade email from Apple to the SkyDrive team at Will anyone switch? Maybe. But it’s good to see the SkyDrive team trying.

Source: Twitter; via Revryl



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xconomicron says:

Anyone wanna post the email so I can upgrade seeing I don't have mobileme? Lol /jk

Rishicash says:

"You are only cheating yourself young man!"

Bailey199719 says:

Skydrive for now. The melting Rupert Murdoch shoved his slimy hand in to say nooo cant call your product SkyDrive. I own the word Sky. Go away Rupert.

MediaCastleX says:

They could call it MeDrive! =D

Acbuono5 says:

If Charlie Sheen had the privilege of renaming SkyDrive he would probably choose WinDrive.."Win" for Windows and more importantly "Winning!"

Wasn't this the same guy that tried going after Skype a while back since their name started with the word "sky?" Looks like the definition of a troll to me.

Bailey199719 says:

Rupert Murdoch is the actual definition of a troll. You know, the ones that live under bridges.

freshfelicio says:

OneDrive is even better than SkyDrive. It may has nothing to do with cloud but it's the ONE drive that's accessible anywhere, on any device. Even on you Xbox ONE. And it works together with ONENote.

Bailey199719 says:

Onedrive would be good. Cant call it heredrive. That's been done haha.

OneDrive FTW. Sucks when the Xbox TWO comes out lol. But I agree OneDrive does sound nice.

xDrive and be done with it. In fact, rename everything.... xPhone, xDows, xFace, xKype, xxx...

XboxOmac says:

xDrive is patented by BMW.

rakeshrai says:

Eww..Xphone sounds too much like iphone

DreadVenom says:

Patent that name buddy. I think u maybe onto a winner.

SwimSwim says:

I love the idea of OneDrive, it's perfect!


gsquared says:

Gave people the extra storage and then take it away. G says that just bad business right there.

Bailey199719 says:

That's apple for ya

pulkit10 says:

Microsoft intends to do exactly the same so I'm not sure what you are getting at Bailey199719

SocalBrian says:

MobileMe was a paid service, nothing was given or taken away. It's actually cheaper to add paid storage to iCloud than it was to subscribe to MobileMe (a win for the consumer).

MediaCastleX says:

I don't understand why do the same thing the other guys did...are they going to take away MY extra storage? I got to keep my original 25GB from when they started... =[

Eas195 says:

No, I don't think so, because I have the 25GB storage on my first account, too. It's just an offer for those who had their account 'downgraded' by Apple.

pepsijosh says:

What he means is that Microsoft didn't screw over loyal customers =)

SocalBrian says:

Neither did Apple. MobileMe was a paid service, it's actually cheaper now to add storage to iCloud than it was to subscribe to MobileMe.

sectime says:

Yet...Course ask Windows 7 phone owners, or Zune owners.

Robert Grant says:

Don't forget Windows 95 customers - those guys haven't had much love this year!

Eas195 says:

I'm happy with SkyDrive's 32GB of storage (on my 2 accounts)! ;)

CJ Thunder says:

I switched MS Accounts and didn't get to keep my extra storage!

bankrober0 says:

Old SkyDrive users for the win

bankrober0 says:

Oops wrong person

I'm so glad i locked in my 25GB, ive reached nearly 15GB in storage. 7GB is just too low.

I got my 25 gb as well, plus an extra 3 because I'm a student. Heh. I don't even have much use for all that space right now, but it might come in handy later.

BoBallistic says:

Got 50gb of at&t locker storage

peterfares says:

Have fun paying for that once the trial expires. 
Wouldn't want to lock into ANY carrier services. I just want my carrier to be a dumb pipe and nothing more. 

Aaron M says:

So what I'm wondering is what happens to your data if you refuse to pay up at the end of your free term.  Do they just delete a random section of your data to get you down to your new allocation?
In any case, my advice is to avoid any temporary "free" cloud storage allocation.  You find yourself wanting to utilize your space, but that just means you are making yourself dependent on something you will have to pay for later.
Also, my advice is to go back in time and get yourself locked into the 25GB SkyDrive allocation.  In fact, go to BUILD like I did and get that upgraded to 125GB for life :)

MethodGT says:

Great advice

exyaster says:

On the Xbox, Msft leaves your stuff in the cloud till you take it down. I would assume they would do the same with SkyDrive.

MadSci2 says:

Who said Microsoft has no sense of humor? ROTFL

I am very funny

caliborn says:

LOL....had to read this twice to understand what you did there!!

blackhawk556 says:

So what happens if you fill up those 15gbs? In a year will all that info be inaccessible until I upgrade??

CrunchDude says:

HAHA! Between the ridiculous new ads and these far fetched ideas, MS is just embarrassing anymore.
Hey, quick tip: If you made SkyDrive a USEFUL or at least LESS SH|TTY experience, maybe you'll actually catch a customer or two, although even then...haha, oh man...

SocalBrian says:

You mean the cloud service formally known as SkyDrive.

bankrober0 says:

I have 25 GB on SkyDrive anyways

SwimSwim says:

This is actually a really good move, seeing as SkyDrive is an actual cloud back-up solution, unlike iCloud, which basically only saves a select amount of Apple content. Even then, you don't really get to go into the inards and chose whatsup.

So once people try it out, I'm sure they'll want to stay.

ltjordan24 says:

 You never know until you try. I like the pro-active approach.

peterfares says:

No one is going to pay for SkyDrive, Microsoft. I don't know why they bother with these tricks to try to get people used to having more than 7GB.
Luckily I still have my original 25GB SkyDrive from before they reduced.

paulmd says:

Just received my code and it gave me 15gb for a year, then I received another email from them telling me to use a different code and it extended my 15gb until 2015!  I beleive when it runs out and you eat into the 15gb, you cannot upload until space is freed up.

link5a says:

That's great!