Microsoft to give 100GB free OneDrive storage to early birds

Once the promotion kicks off Wednesday, the first 100,000 people to sign into their OneDrive accounts get the heaping helping of free storage.

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OneDrive users who sign in fast enough can score plenty of free storage for the next year.

Microsoft will dole out 100GB of extra space to the first 100,000 people who sign onto their OneDrive accounts once the new promotion gets off the ground sometime on Wednesday. The extra space comes on top of your existing OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) storage, but is good just for one year.

Angus Logan, the group product marketing manager for OneDrive, confirmed the promotion to CNET but didn't reveal a specific launch time. OneDrive users who want to vie for the free storage should check Microsoft's OneDrive Twitter feed for the latest news.

"We aren't announcing a time in advance. We're telling people to monitor [the OneDrive Twitter account] for clues about the promotion and how they can be part of the 100,000," a Microsoft representative told CNET.

On Wednesday, Microsoft officially opened the doors to OneDrive , the rebranded version of its SkyDrive cloud-based storage service. To further mark the occasion, Microsoft offers the first 7GB of storage for free and up to 5GB split among you and other users you refer to the service. Take advantage of OneDrive's camera backup feature, and you get 3GB more.

Those who fail to snag the free 100GB of storage and need more space can tack on an extra 50GB for $25 a year, 100GB for $50 a year, and 200GB for $100 a year.

Update, 7:02 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Microsoft.

(Via Neowin)

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