Microsoft, a company that says it is sorry about as often as Donald Trump, today apologized for its\u00a0recent high-handed reduction\u00a0of free OneDrive\u00a0storage, and bumped the free limit back to its original level of 15GB, up from the 5GB it had offered.\n\n\nIf you're a current customer, you need to opt-in on Microsoft's website before the end of January or you won't get the free 15GB of storage. A link on the OneDrive page also lets existing users retain the 15GB camera roll bonus for photo storage. (The offer does not apply to new users.)\n\nOneDrive users spoke, Microsoft listened\n\nMicrosoft backtracked after it was hit with a wave of bad press, and more significantly, a storm of protest from consumers, who posted more than 70,000 complaints on the OneDrive user forum. Douglas Pearce, a Microsoft program manager, delivered the apology Friday:\n\n\n\n"We've heard clearly from our Windows and OneDrive fans about the frustration and disappointment we have caused. We realize the announcement came across as blaming customers for using our product. For this, we are truly sorry and would like to apologize to the community."\n\n\n Change.org \n\nOneDrive users kicked off a petition on Change.org asking Microsoft to reconsider the slashing of free storage space by 83 percent\n\n\n\nHowever, not all of the recent changes were reversed. "Unlimited" storage plans will still be cut to 1TB next year, but there's a 12-month grace period for people with more than 1TB of data in their accounts. After that year, Microsoft will lock and eventually delete the accounts of users who fail to heed warnings about the quota, and who do not pay for extra storage.\n\n\nSome of the people most affected by the reduction in overall storage space are likely Office 365 subscribers. If they're unhappy with the new policy, they can request refunds, according to Pearce.\u00a0\n\nOneDrive not the only cloud storage option\n\nFor what it's worth, Microsoft appears to be legitimately contrite: "We are all genuinely sorry for the frustration this decision has caused and for the way it was communicated," wrote Pearce.\n\n\nIf the apology isn't enough for you, here are some other options from Microsoft competitors, along with pricing details:\n\n\nGoogle Drive\u00a0users get 15GB of free storage; 100GB costs $2 a month; 1TB goes for $10 a month; and 10TB cost $100 monthly.\nApple iCloud\u00a0users get 5GB of free space; 50GB costs $1 a month; 200GB goes for $3 per month; and 1TB costs $10 monthly.\nAmazon Cloud Drive\u00a0users get unlimited photo storage and 5GB for other files, for $12 a year; and "unlimited everything" storage costs $60 a year.