Microsoft OneDrive logo (large)

Microsoft announced a few weeks ago that it would be changing the name of its SkyDrive cloud service to OneDrive, and this morning the full rebrand went into effect. This doesn’t mean much, as existing apps will continue to work with the service.

In fact, the iOS app has already been rebranded, and it looks like Windows, Mac and Android apps will be updated today with the new name. But there are a few changes being made that are worth noting, like the new Dropbbox-like referral bonuses…

From the announcement on Microsoft’s OneDrive blog:

“As part of that goal, we’re doing more than just changing the name with today’s release: We’re rolling out several new capabilities, including automatic camera backup for Android and the ability to share and view videos just as easily as photos. We’ve also added new ways for you to earn more storage—on top of the 7 GB we already give you for free. Customers who refer friends can now receive up to 5 GB (in 500 MB increments) for each friend who accepts an invitation to OneDrive, and we’ll even give you 3 GB just for using the camera backup feature, since we want to help make sure you never lose another photo. There’s even a new monthly payment plan, if you’d like a little more flexibility in how you use your storage.”

And for those unfamiliar with the service, here’s a promo clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw1ciTl5YK4

So what Microsoft is saying is that it will give you 7GB of storage for free, just for signing up, and an additional 3GB for free if you enable the camera backup feature in one of its mobile apps. And referrals will earn you an additional 500MB of storage each, up to 6GB.

If that’s not enough space, Microsoft—like everyone else—offers paid storage plans. After the 7GB free option, there’s a 50GB plan that costs $25 per year. After that, there’s a 100GB plan for $50 per year, and it maxes out at 100GB of storage for $100.

I haven’t personally used Microsoft’s cloud service, so I couldn’t tell you how it compares to Dropbox and others. I know it offers quite a bit more free space than Dropbox does (but also far less than others), so that should at least get it in the conversation.

If you’re interested, you can download the OneDrive iOS app here.

  • Hyr3m

    Changing the name was a really good idea. “Sky” was just another way to mention the “cloud”, now the logo does that and “one” better conveys the whole concept. N1 M$, and GLHF in the fight against dropbox and other ersatzes.

  • Giel Konink

    there’s a 50GB plan that costs $25 per year. After that, there’s a 100GB plan for $50 per year, and it maxes out at 100GB of storage for $100. ?

    • on3simpleclick

      @gielkonink:disqus it says $100 for 200GB

      • Giel Konink

        If that’s not enough space, Microsoft—like everyone else—offers paid storage plans. After the 7GB free option, there’s a 50GB plan that costs $25 per year. After that, there’s a 100GB plan for $50 per year, and it maxes out at 100GB of storage for $100.

  • Logan Kiefer

    I got 25 go free for being with them from the beginning woot woot

    • I did the same thing, too, but they cut me back down to the basic free amount of 7 gigs. Do you still have your 25 gigs? I’d double check on that.

      • Logan Kiefer

        Just checked it still got 25

  • Jonathan

    100GB plan for $50 per year, and it maxes out at 100GB of storage for $100.

    Do you mean “and maxes out at 200 GB of storage for $100”?

  • Jonathan

    Meh, I just use box. 50 GB free offer just ended, so I now have 250 GB. 😛

    • felixtaf

      I wud take Mega over Box. Box has an upload size limit of 250MB. so having that 250GB is pretty much useless if u plan to save huge files online!

      • Jonathan

        You can use WinRAR to slice it up into pieces then piece it back together on Box.

      • felixtaf

        I kno, still a pain when u can do that without slicing in Mega. It saves lot of time wasted in slicing and joining (later).

      • Jonathan

        How much space does Mega allow?

      • Jeff Ramirez

        50GB with no upload limit. I don’t get why Box even got that much attention when Mega has been better even before Box’s promotion

      • Jonathan

        I didn’t know Mega offered that much. 0_o A couple more quesetions
        iOS app?
        If so, can it auto upload photos and videos?

      • Jeff Ramirez

        Yes, it supports background syncing. I’m not sure if it auto uploads videos, but still a better option than Box.

      • Jonathan

        Thanks. =)

      • felixtaf

        You are right. Mega has an iPhone app. They are developing iPad and desktop clients too.

      • Marcus

        <3 Kit Dotcom & The Internet Party 😀

  • Innes

    “100GB plan for $50 per year, and it maxes out at 100GB of storage for $100.”

    think you got this bit wrong. Do you mean 200gb for $100?

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    I bought my surface simply because I got 250GB free for 2 years.

  • Nice, but I’ll stick with box for sharing/caring

  • Bogdanovsky

    Has anyone tried inviting through the referral link? It does not seem to work for me, I get no extra storage..

  • What if i already have a 20 gb free account ons kydrive i will get the same on the new one ???