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Dec 19, 2015

Microsoft Surface Outsold Apple iPad in October

Apple's reluctance to create an OSX tablet hybrid and choosing to concentrate their efforts on an iPad with a bigger screen instead could be an incredibly costly mistake. Despite the iPad’s dominance on the tablet sales charts since its arrival in 2010, there now seems to be a slight chink in the armor of Apple’s flagship models.

WinBeta received an early version of an upcoming and report that revealed how Microsoft tablets have overtaken the Apple iPad in October 2015. The study was based on 100 retailers in the United States, that are collectively responsible for over 95 percent of physical products ordered online and has prompted many to wonder if these are early signs indicating a gradual decline in Apple’s fortunes.

Microsoft Listens to 72,000 Complaints and Offers More Cloud Storage

Microsoft has infamously become the leaders of the pack where indecision and backtracking are concerned for some time now so we shouldn't be too surprised to hear they have been caught performing U-turns yet again. 

Office 365 subscribers recently learned that the unlimited storage they were promised upon signing up for the service was about to be culled while the limit for free users was also heavily cut back from 15GB to a meager 5GB.

The PR disaster both angered and frustrated their customers in equal measure and their inability to anticipate consumer reaction after downgrading services they use every day was more than a little worrisome for a company that was attempting to drive adoption and attract new users of their OneDrive cloud storage.

After over 72,000 complaints, Microsoft to their credit has offered an apology along with a link to claim back some much needed free storage. Microsoft Group Program Manager Douglas Pierce advised, "In November, we made a business decision to reduce storage limits for OneDrive. Since then, we've heard clearly from our Windows and OneDrive fans about the frustration and disappointment we have caused."


Microsoft is now offering their users of OneDrive an opportunity to keep their existing 15GB of free storage and the 15GB camera roll bonus taking them up to a more respectable 30GB for free. What’s the catch? This allowance will not automatically upgrade, and users have to opt-in to update and save these latest storage changes by clicking on a link before January 31st, 2016.

This is where things get quite interesting because there is also an alternative option. OneDrive users who are over the new controversial 5GB storage cap during the transition early next year will be given a 1-terabyte storage limit for 12 months, and if this isn't enough, they will also throw in a free 12-month subscription to Office 365 too for savvy users who play the game.