New Update OneDrive: photos in albums count twice against a user's storage quota

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Microsoft is informing OneDrive customers currently about a planned change that may have a significant impact on storage quotas. From October 16, 2023 on, photos uploaded to OneDrive may count twice against the storage quota.

The change does not affect OneDrive customers who just upload photos to the cloud storage service, but it affects users who use the optional albums feature.

All photos uploaded to OneDrive are stored in the Gallery by default. Microsoft has encouraged users of its Windows operating systems to enable OneDrive syncing of photos, but the feature is also available on other platforms.

These size of the uploaded image files counts against the storage quota of the account. Users who use the albums feature will have the same photos counted against their storage quota again soon.

Albums is an optional feature that OneDrive customers may use to create custom collections of photos and images on the site.

To use the albums feature, OneDrive users may load https://photos.onedrive.com/ directly in their preferred web browser. All images uploaded to OneDrive are displayed after authentication on the page.

Albums are created or updated by selecting images in the main Gallery and then selecting the "add to album" option that becomes available. One of the main advantages of albums, besides organizing photos into groups, is the share functionality that Microsoft baked into the feature.

A family could upload their vacation photos to OneDrive, create an album with highlights, and then share access to that album with family members, relatives and friends.
 

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Microsoft backs down on counting photos in albums twice against a user's storage
A support page update confirms that Microsoft has had a change of heart regarding the change. The company writes: "On August 31, 2023, we began to communicate an upcoming update to our cloud storage infrastructure that would result in a change in how OneDrive photos and photo albums data is counted against your overall cloud storage quota. This change was scheduled to start rolling out on October 16, 2023. Based on the feedback we received, we have adjusted our approach, we will no longer roll out this update. We will maintain the current photo album experience, as it is today."

To sum it up: Microsoft won't roll out the planned change on OneDrive. Photos that users put into albums won't count against a user's storage on OneDrive.

It is still unclear if Microsoft is storing album photos separately, but that is no longer a problem for users of the service.
 

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