Yes, it’s official folks!
As of Thursday February 19th 2015, Microsoft is offering 100GB of Free Microsoft OneDrive Cloud storage (Warren, 2015) for one (1) year in a manner similar to the two (2) year offer to Bing users under Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program!
So Folks on this Friday February 20th 2015, queue the song Turn the Beat Around by Gloria Estefan.
Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program was really to entice Internet users to use Bing Search (Chacos, 2015) instead of Google Search. Now they’ve come back with a similar program for Dropbox Cloud drive users, in effect starting a Cloud Storage War! And it’s not even the Summer of 2015 as yet as Winter is still clinging to the cities up North!
So how do you take advantage of this offer?
100GB Microsoft OneDrive for Dropbox users – How 1 year free 100GB Microsoft OneDrive is a good thing
Ok, so now that I’ve gotten the announcement bits out of the way, how do you take advantage of this offer?
Like, Duh, first you have to have a Dropbox Account preferably with a synched folder on your computer, Laptop, Tablet or smartphone.
Then you’ll need to sign up for a Microsoft Outlook email Account.
You can easily opt for Skype Calling in your Browser as well (Deer, 2014, November 24) but that a perk for another article.
To summarize all the above (Hill, 2015), follow the following steps:
- Sign in to your Dropbox Account
- Go to Microsoft’s Promotion page
- Click “Verify and get my storage”
- Sign in to your Microsoft OneDrive Account
- Click the “Save to Dropbox button” for Microsoft to save a promotional pamphlet to your Dropbox Account
- Click the “Save” button
- You’ll then see the message “Your bonus storage was successfully applied!”
Dropbox users, simply read and accept all of the Terms and Conditions, one of which will require that they place a special Microsoft OneDrive brochure inside of the Dropbox folder to let Microsoft know that they are actually users of their Dropbox service.
Microsoft OneDrive competing against Dropbox – Google Drive may be their next target
Once you’ve done that, dear Dropbox user, you then your get 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive free for one (1) year date effective from the day you signed up, which is Thursday February 19th 2015. After one (1) year, which is February 19th 2016, you’ll have to start paying US$1.99 (£1.99/month) for 100GB without having to subscribe to Office 365 down.
It’s a little bit less than the two (2) years on offer for being a Bing search Loyalist under Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program, which by the way is still available until Saturday February 28th 2015.
But unlike Microsoft’s Free Bing Rewards program, this offer comes with fewer strings attached. Plus, it’s available to International, including Jamaicans.
Yes, you read that right, dear reader; Jamaicans! Not only is this offer for a free 100 GB Microsoft OneDrive, but it’s also available to ALL international Dropbox users, not just Americans. So no Proxy or VPN (Virtual Private Network) (Deer,2014 September 20) is required for you to get this. US$1.99 (£1.99/month) for 100GB is not a bad deal either after the free trial period is up.
More importantly, aside from the capability of uploading 10GB files and folders (Deer,2014 September 15) and sharing links in a manner similar to Google Drive or even Dropbox, you can also up your game and get Microsoft Office 360 with 1TB of storage for Office 365 Personal (Deer, 2014, June 24) for just US$6.99/month (£5.99/month).
Also when you consider that this offer may improve in the future to 1TB or more and is roughly the size of a small portable external Hard-drive, you’ll realize that this isn’t so bad.
Microsoft, you made my TGIF wonderful !
Here’s the link:
- Chacos, B. (2015, February 9). PSA: Grab an easy 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage from Bing Rewards. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/2881318/microsoft-offers-bing-rewards-users-100gb-of-free-onedrive-cloud-storage.html
- Deer, L. (2014, June 24). Microsoft rewards OneDrive users with 15GB Free Storage – How Office 365 users can get 1TB Free Storage as they Chase Google Drive. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/06/microsoft-rewards-onedrive-users-with.html
- Deer, L. (2014, March 20). Skype-ing from your Browser now possible as WhatsApp conspires to kill International Calling. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/skype-ing-from-your-browser-now-possible-as-whatsapp-conspires-to-kill-international-calling/
- Deer, L. (2014, November 24). Skype for Web Beta allows Skype Calling in Google Chrome – Skype for Business replaces Lync as Skype for Web Beta finally allows Chromebooks to use Skype. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/skype-for-web-beta-allows-skype-calling.html
- Deer, L. (2014, September 15). Microsoft OneDrive finally Breaks Free – 10GB Uploading and Sharing with drag-and-drop that’s great for Streaming larger files. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/microsoft-onedrive-finally-breaks-free.html
- Deer, L. (2014, September 20). Surfing the Internet Anonymously using VPN – How to use Streaming Set Top Boxes over VPN. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/surfing-internet-anonymously-using-vpn.html
- Deer, L. (2015, FEBRUARY 10). How to get 100 GB Free Microsoft OneDrive and win Gift Cards and Giveaways. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/how-to-get-free-100-gb-microsoft-onedrive/
- LeCalir, D. (2015, February 19). MICROSOFT TRIES TO WOO DROPBOX LOYALISTS WITH 100GB OF FREE STORAGE. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/look-out-dropbox-microsoft-offering-100gb-of-onedrive-storage-to-dropbox-users/
- Tung, L. (2015, February 20). Microsoft offers free 100GB OneDrive space to Dropbox users worldwide. Retrieved from http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-offers-free-100gb-onedrive-space-to-dropbox-users-worldwide/
- Warren, T. (2015, february 19). Microsoft is giving away 100GB of OneDrive space to Dropbox users. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/19/8071263/100gb-free-onedrive-storage-for-dropbox-users
- Hill, B. (2015, February 20). Microsoft Offers Another 100GB Of Free OneDrive Storage If You Link A Dropbox Account. Retrieved from http://hothardware.com/news/microsoft-offers-another-100gb-of-free-onedrive-storage-if-you-link-a-dropbox-account