Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

Ian Hardy

January 27, 2014 9:09am

Last July, a British court found Microsoft in violation of the SkyDrive trademark that was owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB), who settled for undisclosed amount of cash, and promised they’d change the name. SkyDrive is/was Microsoft’s cloud storage portal and today the company declared its new name: OneDrive.

What’s being dubbed as the “One place for everything in your life,” Microsoft promises “an even better place to store and share your favorite things across all your favorite devices. OneDrive is everything you love about SkyDrive and more.”

It’s unclear of when OneDrive will go live, but if you’re a current user of the service, Microsoft says “you’re all set” and all your content will be available on OneDrive when it’s officially rolled out. Microsoft also admits that “changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy…. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future.”

Source: OneDrive
Via: TheVerge

  • Plazmic Flame

    Pretty sure it’s Worldwide

  • Mythos88

    It is worldwide

  • beyond

    I liked SkyDrive better, it made more sense and sounded cooler

    • Philosoraptor

      I like the SkyDrive name better, but the OneDrive kinda fits better with OneNote and Xbox One.

  • Ratawn

    I bet it wasn’t easy to change the name, They kind of had too! But One Drive won’t be so bad. The name is somewhat awkward, but will be an easy brand that MS can sell due to the One factor. I’m curious as to the new services we’ll be getting as a result. More integration perhaps?

  • MXM4K

    I never really used SkyDrive, since I’ve quite comfortable and used to Dropbox. Does anyone use SkyDrive (now OneDrive) on a regular basis? What do you think of it?

    • JulianC

      You get 7GB free for your lifetime and it integrates deeply into your desktop (in windows 8.1) . What that does is you can just drag and drop files into the skydiver folder in the file manager and it auto uploads to the cloud, without the need to install any software.

  • sgn

    Serious question. What is the advantage of using this over dropbox or google drive?

    • Zathis

      Skydrive (OneDrive) also features web apps for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and One Note. This allows you to use the features of office without installing the programs on your hard drive. Vital for tablet use!