Avid aficionados of Beyond the PC might have deduced that we have a bit of soft spot for OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage offering. In fact we love it! Windows and Windows Phone users have had it great for years. Now that Microsoft have unleashed equally great apps for Android, iOS and OS X as part of Satya Nadella’s audacious winter blitzkrieg against Apple, Google and Dropbox, even a stubborn Jinny Mule would find it hard to resist the advances of OneDrive.
Microsoft give 30 GB of free OneDrive storage for life to anyone with a smartphone or tablet. This is twice as much as Google Drive, 15 times more than Dropbox and 30 times more than iCloud.
If you live in the US, you can get 100GB free for two years and another 100 GB free for one year if you have a Dropbox account. Quick-witted, well-informed non-Americans like me and Davy were able to sign up for an extra 100 GB for two years before the link stopped working.
Should you need more than 130 GB of cloud storage, Microsoft have got two offers for you that you cannot refuse – not even were you the pinchfisting champion of Scotland. I doubt even our good friend from New Zealand, “Stinky” Geoff Nicholls would argue against that, even though he once spent 90 minutes trying to convince us that England and France are far more similar culturally than England and New Zealand.
In a previous article we showed how you could get 5 TB of storage for a year for £67.44 (or £5.40 a month) by buying a Office 365 Home 12-month subscription. This lets up to five members of your family install Office 365 on up to ten devices each, with each user getting 1 TB of OneDrive storage. This is already a pretty attractive proposition, but as Tesco say “Every little helps”, so we will now tell you two great ways in which you can pay even less for Office 365 and OneDrive.
Are you a student, or do you work at a university?
If so, you can purchase a four year subscription to Office 365 University. It lets you install Office 365 on two computers or tablets as well as on two mobile phones, and of course it includes 1 TB OneDrive storage. And all this for only £54.51! That works out as £13.61 a year, £1.13 a month or 3.7 pence a day. What a great deal! Oh, and you also get 60 minutes a month of Skype calls, so you can call your parents to ask to borrow some money and not spend a penny.
Do not worry, even if you do not qualify for Office 365 University and your youthful years are long gone, just like ours, you can still save big on Office 365 and OneDrive.
If not, buy a tablet!
Microsoft Store have cut the price on the already amazingly cheap HP Stream 7 Signature Edition tablet by £24. It is quite a bargain at £74.99 including delivery. It reputedly has a rather good screen compared to other bargain tablets, according to this brief but honest review on WinSupersite. Whether the tablet is ok or awful is totally irrelevant. What matters is that the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition comes with, you may have guessed, a 1 year subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1 TB OneDrive storage.
If you really, really must get a bargain Windows tablet, this looks like one of the best. We have already bought two HP Stream 7 Signature Editions for ourselves, and purely to get the OneDrive storage! When the tablets arrive we will open the box, activate Office 365, and maybe have a play with one of them before heading down to our local CEX shop, who are happy to pay £31 in cash (or £45 in vouchers) each to take them off our hands.
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If you cannot be bothered to do the Cex deal, even though the staff in the Cex shop are extremely charming, friendly and they love us, we think that the standard best available prices for a 1-year Office 365 + OneDrive subscription are still freaking extremely keen!
Finally, let me say that although this post has focused on OneDrive, I love Office as well. After all, it seemed pretty good even when I first used it 1990. Word has evolved beyond recognition since than. Below are some screen shots of my first version of Word; Word 5.5 for DOS, and of Word 2013 on Office 365.
If this was your first taste of our organ, perhaps because someone shared this brilliant piece of writing on a social network, Davy and I would like to extend a warm welcome to you! You may also be interested to read our thoughts on the New Open Microsoft and their audacious blitzkrieg strategy!