Microsoft recently announced significant changes to Outlook and OneDrive that will limit the functionality of both services in certain areas. Starting November 30, 2023, Microsoft 365 subscribers will no longer be able to associate a new personalized email address with an Outlook.com mailbox. On February 2, 2023, Outlook.com attachments will begin to count against a person’s OneDrive data limit. Microsoft sent out details of the changes this morning.
Personalized email addresses (opens in a new tab) are custom addresses in a format like email@example.com. All emails sent to a personalized email address will appear in the same mailbox as the regular address associated with the account. The main advantage is that the user can make the email address extension whatever they want, such as a community group or another name.
If you already have a personalized email address, it will still work after November 30, 2023. The change only affects the ability to associate new personalized email addresses. However, if you remove an existing personalized email address after the cut-off date, you will not be able to add it back.
What you need to know
- Microsoft just announced several changes that will remove features or affect the functionality of Outlook and OneDrive.
- Microsoft 365 subscribers will no longer be able to have personalized email addresses attached to their Outlook.com inbox.
- Outlook attachments will soon count against your OneDrive storage data limit, which could force people to delete larger emails.
- Microsoft will add at least 50 GB of extra storage to Outlook for one year to help people transition.
The change to cloud storage will likely affect more Microsoft 365 subscribers than the personalized email change. Up to this point, Outlook.com attachments have not counted against OneDrive storage limits. With that changing as of February 2, 2023, some people may have to delete older emails.
If you often send larger files or keep thousands of emails in your inbox, you may have to clear up some space. To help ease the transition, Microsoft will provide at least an extra 50 GB of cloud storage for one year starting on February 2, 2023. That period should give people enough time to organize their files accordingly.