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Microsoft rolls back unlimited cloud storage

Microsoft is pulling the plug on unlimited cloud storage plans for Office 365 subscribers thanks to a select group of data hoarders.

In a blog post Monday, the tech giant said a small number of Office 365 users had used the cloud storage service to back up several computers and upload entire movie libraries. Some of them exceeded 75 terabytes per user.

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In response, Microsoft has now placed a 1 terabyte limit on OneDrive users who have Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriptions. The company began offering unlimited data plans in October 2014.

The Microsoft Office 365 logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in Chicago.
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The Microsoft Office 365 logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in Chicago.

In addition to ending unlimited data plans, Microsoft also intends to discontinue its 100- and 200-gigabyte paid plans for new users, replacing them with a 50-gigabyte plan for $1.99 by early 2016.

Free OneDrive storage plans will also be reduced, to 5 gigabytes from 15 gigabytes, the company said. Changes to free plans take effect in early 2016, Microsoft said.