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Microsoft plays on iOS 8 issues by doubling free OneDrive space to 30GB

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Apple released its iOS 8 update earlier this week, but a number of iPhone and iPad owners ran into problems with the amount of free storage required to install the latest operating system. Microsoft is taking advantage of these issues by doubling its free OneDrive storage to 30GB today. "We’ve been listening to the commentary about storage on the new iPhones released today and we wanted to get you more storage right away," explains OneDrive program manager Douglas Pearce. "We think you’ll appreciate having more free storage while setting up your iPhone 6 or upgrading to iOS 8."

Designed for iPhone users struggling to upgrade to iOS 8

The cheeky offer, available until the end of September, sees Microsoft raise its OneDrive camera roll bonus from 3GB to 15GB, providing you enable photo or video backup to OneDrive from the iOS app. "For those getting ready to install iOS8, this means you won’t have to delete a bunch of photos or apps to make room for the upgrade," notes Pearce. Some iOS 8 upgrades require as much as 7GB of free space, so iPhone and iPad users have had to delete apps and photos to make way for the update, or install it via iTunes to avoid the space problems. Microsoft also appears to be targeting iPhone 6 owners who opted for 16GB models.

If you’re not an iPhone or iPad user then Microsoft is still upgrading your OneDrive space. Android and Windows Phone users that have already enabled the camera roll backup functionality will be automatically upgraded to 15GB of OneDrive space. If you haven’t enabled the camera backup then you’ve got until the end of September to switch it on to receive 15GB of free OneDrive storage on iOS, Windows Phone, and Android.