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Microsoft 365 updates will affect Outlook and OneDrive

Patrick Devaney

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Formerly known as Office 365, Microsoft 365 is the software giant’s flagship productivity suite that attempts to offer everything a business or personal user could ever need when working in an office. The 365 moniker represents the yearly subscription that is required to access the suite, which gives users access to rolling updates and feature upgrades. Well, in theory at least, as in an upcoming update it looks as though Microsoft Outlook and OneDrive, two Microsoft 365 apps will actually lose some functionality when it automatically rolls out to all users. Let’s check it out.

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Microsoft has begun informing users of certain upcoming changes that they can expect to see in the near future. A part of the update will give Outlook an extra 50 GB of storage for one year but the bad news is that this year will act as a transition period toward the main phase of the update, which will see Outlook attachments officially being counted against your OneDrive storage allowance.

Microsoft 365 updates will affect Outlook and OneDrive

The move means that any and all attachments of any size will be deducted from your OneDrive storage allowance. Accordingly, if you are close to using all of your OneDrive allowance, you will likely come up against this new change when it rolls out. It is good that Microsoft is offering the transition year so users can better manage the flip to the new system. Our cloud storage allowances are becoming increasingly important these days as we move toward a more virtual future that isn’t necessarily restricted to access via a single device.

Another feature that Microsoft is cutting with the update, which should start to roll out on November 30, 2023, is that users will no longer be able to associate a new personalized email address with an Outlook mailbox. If you are already associating a personal email address with your Outlook mailbox before that date, it will continue to remain active. This will only prevent new email addresses from being linked.

In other recent Microsoft news, the company is working on a new way to offer lower-priced devices that will be supported by ads and subscriptions.

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