New Update Microsoft 365 Basic 100GB of OneDrive space (but no Office) for $2

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Microsoft is adding a new low-end subscription tier to its Microsoft 365 service designed to cater to existing OneDrive subscribers and people who want more features for their Outlook inboxes but don't need the full desktop versions of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

The Verge reports that Microsoft 365 Basic will cost $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year, and it includes 100GB of OneDrive cloud storage, removes ads from the Outlook web and mobile clients, and offers "advanced security" for Outlook users in the form of malware-scanning for links and attachments and additional encryption options.

Microsoft 365 Basic will launch on January 30. Any subscribers to the existing $1.99-per-month 100GB OneDrive tier will automatically be upgraded to Microsoft 365 Basic at that time.

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I do not understand why are all cloud providers refusing to add average tiers like 500GB. 100GB is too little, 1TB too much. Besides idrive offers 1TB for $2 per a year then $20.
 

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Microsoft notes here that the renamed service includes extra features that were not part of the OneDrive Standalone 100 GB plan.

Besides getting 100 gigabytes of extra storage for OneDrive, Outlook and other Microsoft services -- the storage is shared across services -- subscribers do get the following other benefits:
  • An ad-free email experience with Outlook.
  • Access to support experts that help with Microsoft 365 and Windows 11 (at an affordable price).
Microsoft customers who have a OneDrive Standalone subscription get additional benefits when they are migrated to the new solution. The same applies to new customers who sign-up for the new Microsoft 365 Basic. While the extra storage space remains the same, they do get an ad-free Outlook experience. While that is only useful to customers who use Outlook for email, it is a nice addition that Microsoft charged for in the past.

The second benefit is access to support experts. Microsoft does not reveal much about it, but it sounds as if this service will cost extra. It is also too early to tell if these experts will provide a better service than Microsoft's experts on the Microsoft Community forums.
 

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