Microsoft 365 Basic Offers 100GB Storage and More Perks

The new subscription option will cost $2 a month and is set to launch later in January.

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Microsoft is rolling out a new, less expensive subscription option for Microsoft 365 later this month, the company said Wednesday. 

The new Microsoft 365 Basic tier for the company's collection of productivity apps includes, among other things, "100GB of cloud storage, ad-free and secure email with Outlook, and access to support experts for help with Microsoft 365 and Windows 11," Microsoft said in a statement. 

Microsoft 365 Basic is scheduled to become available Jan. 30, at a cost of $2 a month or $20 for an annual subscription. That's much cheaper than the $70 annual fee for Microsoft 365 Personal, and it includes more features than the current $20 annual subscription for OneDrive. 

In addition to 100GB and ad-free email, security features like ransomware recovery and password-protected sharing links in OneDrive will be added to Basic later this year. Current OneDrive customers will automatically be transferred to a Microsoft 365 Basic account when the Basic subscription goes live later this month, according to Microsoft. 

You can sign up for Microsoft 365 Basic on Microsoft's website or through the OneDrive or Outlooks apps. The free option for Microsoft 365 will also remain available, Microsoft said in a statement.