Microsoft’s SkyDrive is now OneDrive

By , Jan 27, 2014

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Microsoft’s multi-platform cloud storage service SkyDrive has just been rechristened and shall be known henceforth as OneDrive. The rebranding comes following last June’s ruling in a trademark case involving Microsoft and British TV broadcaster BSkyB.

As the television broadcaster trademarked the term ‘Sky,’ the court ordered that Microsoft concede the ‘SkyDrive’ trademark to BSkyB.

One of the largest pay-TV providers in Europe, BSkyB offers video streaming and has its own online storage service called Sky Store & Share…

According to a company blog post, the new OneDrive is coming soon and customers can sign up to learn more when it launches at the newly-created onedrive.com website.

A notice on the website reads:

Get ready for 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. And it’s coming soon.

If you use SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, don’t worry as these services will continue to operate. Your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, respectively, as the new name is rolled out across the portfolio.

Microsoft OneDrive logo (large)

They believe the new name conveys best what the service is all about:

Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life.

And here’s the OneDrive promo vid.

SkyDrive was previously called Windows Live SkyDrive and before that Windows Live Folders. In fact, Microsoft’s online services branding is still confusing as hell. Outlook.com, for example, was previously called Windows Live Mail, which itself was a rebranded Hotmail.

The OneDrive rebranding, however, is logical in light of Microsoft’s other ‘One’ products like the Xbox One. It also fits the Windows maker’s recently-announced sweeping organizational changes and the new One Microsoft strategy.

The existing SkyDrive iOS app, free in the App Store, hasn’t been renamed at the time of this writing, though that’s just a matter of a minor software update.

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  • Justin

    Seriously, the second time they have changed their name! Microsoft Live Storage (or whatever it was called), SkyDrive, and now OneDrive!

    • Jared

      Well with the ruling this time they kinda were forced to change the name. Though curious as to why Microsoft couldn’t opt to perhaps pay a licensing fee to continue using the SkyDrive name.

      • Justin

        I wonder why a cable company trademarked the word “Sky”. I’m going to trademark the term “Ground”.

      • Jonathan

        Good luck.

      • on3simpleclick

        GroundFly?

      • Burge

        It’s not a cable company.. It’s Satellite company. Now Sky sounds just right.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Exactly. I don’t see how Microsoft could have committed trademark infringement since no one (not even an idiot) could confuse a cloud storage service with a satellite company. It amazes me how Sky managed to get the trademark ‘Sky’ in the first place. There’s plenty if places for them to play patent troll and abuse their trademark should they want to…

      • Burge

        Sky is a subscription service owned by BSkyB.
        The post is miss leading on this

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It’s not a cloud storage system though is it? I was under the impression that trademark infringement could only be committed if other people could mistake your company for the person with the registered trademark Sky didn’t even register the trademark Skydrive (to my knowledge) so shouldn’t the trademark ‘Sky’ be irrelevant? I’m guessing Sky just wanted some extra money and Microsoft isn’t giving them a penny and is instead changing their services name so it’s a loss for both companies. As usual the only people that win are he lawyers. It must be a good time right now to be involved in the legal system…

      • Burge

        I don’t think BSkyB are after any money.. Do you know who has the largest stake in BSkyB …News Corporation, and who owns that .Rupert Murdoch, I think it just more about the wording “Sky”

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Perhaps. I still think it’s plain wrong though. It’s like me starting a company called Appleseeds and then getting sued by Apple just because my company name also happens to contain the name Apple…

      • Burge

        Yes and apple would try and get that off you..you have to prove people would not get mixed up by the name .. As with BSkyB they have a cloud viewing option, and it’s that “cloud” part the people could get confused with and who owns it..
        This is from the post above.
        “One of the largest pay-TV providers in Europe, BSkyB offers video streaming and has its own online storage service called Sky Store & Share…”

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Wow, I didn’t know that. They should try and do a little something called advertisement

      • Burge

        Sky is a subscription service owned by BSkyB.
        The post is miss leading on this..

      • felixtaf

        HTC One will ask Xbox One to remove One from its name then… Lol…

      • jp2002

        Exactly, like how apple uses iOS.

  • Jonathan

    I like the new name…

    • Jared

      I don’t particularly like the new name….seems a bit unoriginal. They should have kept LiveDrive.

      • Jonathan

        It doesn’t make sense to me. “What’s LiveDrive? Is it always running? It doesn’t sound like a storage site to me”
        That’s what goes through my mind. OneDrive is a little less confusing.

      • Jared

        When are they going to fix the bug where if you edit a photo in a different app and go up upload your photo their cloud service (formally known as SkyDrive) the original unedited photo would get uploaded instead. I really don’t want to have to shell out $100 for Dropbox but I’m really considering it.

      • Jonathan

        Just get Box. It’s offering 50 GB for a limited time. Download the app on your iPhone/iPad, create an account (or log in if you have one. Can’t verify that though) and boom! You have 50 GB for free for a life time!

      • Jared

        @ Jonathan I have Box..I got the 50GB promo when I got my HP TouchPad (love that device, but the charger crapped out on me) however Box offers a size upload limit.

      • Jonathan

        You can use software which will upload it in pieces, then piece it back together once uploaded on Box. You can download it normally without having to split it back up.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Well OneDrive implies that all your documents are stored on one drive which clearly they aren’t…

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        More like the one place for all your documents, which it can be, but only an idiot would do that; storing all personal document’s on a 3rd parties HDD.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Nothing wrong with doing that if you use strong encryption such as Truecrypt or PGP…

      • Raashid

        Who exactly are you encrypting it from? It’s still on a stranger’s HDD…encrypting their HDD makes it accessible to you and them.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I was referring to encrypting the actual files. Yes they are still on a strangers hard drive however they would not be able to access the files in question without first decrypting them which if the encryption is properly implemented would not be possible. I don’t do this since I do not store sensitive information within cloud storage systems however for the paranoid encryption will basically hide your files from anyone and everyone unless they have the keys to decrypt the files…

      • Raashid

        Ok, that was practical in the 90s where your entire data collection is like only 500MB; not the case in the 21st century. What’s the point of the time-consuming inconvenience of encrypting/decrypting when a 0.5lb 500GB Portable HDD is available for just $50 at your local Staples store?

        Your device can’t access it? You’ll probably have to pay an unnecessary expense for a proprietary HDD.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Firstly iDevices can access USB harddrives using Apples USB adaptor, secondly Cloud Computing is the future and we’re already seeing the start of something even bigger right now with the way that we can pick up where we left off from on many different devices. Plus cloud storage services are generally cheaper than $50 starting as low as free ;)

      • Raashid

        Yeah I know they unofficially can. Private Cloud computing is the future, so far, no one has made such function noob friendly; i.e. as convenient and secure as plugging in a local HDD.

        Most public cloud storage would limit you to 10GB, some are generous and go up to 50GB for free, then they start charging outrageous monthly/annual fees for larger than that. I’ll gladly pay a 1 time fee of $50 for both privacy and unlimited access to my 500GB of data. Not to talk about all of that data being in 1 place instead of scattered around the internet…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Check out OwnCloud for private cloud storage. You can install it on your own web server to use yourself (it’s free). The setup itself isn’t noob friendly but once everything is up and running it works very well…

      • felixtaf

        @MrElectrifyer:disqus @disqus_5m42BAGvPZ:disqus – You are related to each other?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Of course; our infinitely great grandparents were Adam and Eve

      • felixtaf

        #Clever.. But, from my understanding, you both are same and I think you are using another account to support ur comments…

  • Frank Anthony

    Confusion leads to Imbalance which i think results in Microsoft Inconsistency.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Were you confused about iCloud when it replaced MobileMe?

      • xSeriouSx

        He probably also got confused when iPhone OS was renamed to iOS…

  • Juan Genao

    Dont care about the name onedrive (skydrive) is one of the most underrated cloud storage aps.

  • on3simpleclick

    Why SkyDrive when you can GroundFly.

  • Burge

    It’s going to happen so I’ll just ifile in to applications and change it to .. What’s its going to be called again.

    • Burge

      Now do I change SmartGlass to OneGlass

    • Burge

      There

      • felixtaf

        Outlook —> Onelook.. lol

  • Framboogle

    Maybe because only one person in the world probably uses it.

  • felixtaf

    Hate to use MS services these days… You dono when they are going to shutdown a service or rename it… Same goes to Google too…

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Uhm, it’s no different than Apple discontinuing MobileMe. The news has been on multiple news sites for the past 6 months, besides for iDB…not so Apple related until it happens.

      • felixtaf

        May be.. I wasnt a mobileme customer (By Apple’s default settings, I was). I was aware of the mobileme to icloud news too. Since I dint had an inconevience, I let it go.
        But I was affected by MS and Google’s BS… Hotmail to live to outlook… Chats to hangouts and google plus integration… Allll…

      • jp2002

        Very true. Apple’s transition was seamless.

  • N&LH

    See what Microsoft fans will say about that

    • xSeriouSx

      Here’s a predictable Microsoft fanboy interpretation: It’s to avoid further confusing Apple fanboys who are already confused by a simple renaming. They might start to think OneDrive only works on one OS (Windows), despite it just being a new name for the same NSA cloud service.

      • N&LH

        “Apple fanboys who are already confused by a simple renaming.”
        People are able to read and know if it works across platforms or not. People are not stupid!.

        Instead of giving it a name Skydrive or Onedrive. They can name it cloud drive. Because it is a cloud service

        Microsoft could be confused sometimes !

      • xSeriouSx

        The other comments in this thread don’t agree with you; apparently, it’s confusing to some.

        Don’t see what’s wrong with OneDrive; it’s no more confusing than box, dropbox, mega, etc. Just bunch of confused Apple fanboys complaining about non-Apple brands.