Microsoft’s relationship with online storage firm Dropbox has been fairly positive lately, but that won’t stop the Redmond software giant from taking aggressive steps to lure new customers to its OneDrive platform. Case in point, Microsoft is now offering one year of 100GB OneDrive storage for free to Dropbox users.
Users with both a Microsoft account and a Dropbox account can head to the OneDrive bonus page, log in, and follow the on-screen prompts to add a verification file to their Dropbox Account. Once that file is confirmed, thus verifying you as the legitimate owner of the Dropbox account, your OneDrive storage will be immediately increased by 100GB.
As mentioned, the complimentary storage bump is only valid for one year, after which you’ll need to pay to upgrade, assuming Microsoft doesn’t continue to offer free storage bonuses to users of various services. The company has recently offered many promotions for additional OneDrive storage, such as 200GB free when purchasing a Surface tablet, 15GB for using OneDrive’s automatic camera upload feature, and 100GB for members of the Bing Rewards program.
OneDrive already compares favorably to competitors like Dropbox from a storage standpoint. All users get 15GB of free storage (compared to 2GB for Dropbox) and Office 365 subscribers (starting at $70 per year for the personal plan) get unlimited OneDrive storage (Dropbox charges $99 for 1TB of storage). Unfortunately, OneDrive is still plagued by compatibility issues between its consumer and business versions (something Microsoft is planning to rectify in Windows 10) and OneDrive syncing speeds are universally derided, especially for cross platform users of the service.
But if you’re a Dropbox user, why not pick up 100GB of free space? If Microsoft improves OneDrive speed and compatibility, you’ll have a cheaper and more useful alternative for your online file storage and syncing needs.