Forget SkyDrive. Microsoft's cloud storage solution is now OneDrive. This happens after UK courts forced the company to re-brand the service, as the word 'sky' could confuse customers that SkyDrive is a product of British Sky Broadcasting. Microsoft claims that the name change is aligned with its goal to "make it as easy as possible to get all your favorite stuff in one place".
Luckily, users accustomed to the former SkyDrive don't have to change their habits. They can log-in to OneDrive with their existing credentials. It's not all about the name, however. Microsoft has added an automatic camera backup feature to OneDrive's Android app. Sharing and viewing videos is made to work the same as with photos, thanks to a new video-transcoding technology. It detects the Internet connection's speed and compresses the video accordingly. Microsoft claims that users should now be able to stream videos on 3G networks “seamlessly”.
Microsoft also added real-time collaborative document-editing, similar to Google Docs. Users can now edit together documents with OneDrive's Office web apps. Previously, they could edit them collaboratively, but the web-page had to be refreshed to display the latest changes.
Users also have a new way of earning additional storage on top of the 7GB they get with registering. By referring their friends to OneDrive, they can gain up to 5GB of space. Each friend adds 500MB. Also, MS will give you an additional 3GB just for using the automatic camera backup feature. Oh, and keep your sights on OneDrive's Twitter account (@OneDrive). At some point of the day, Microsoft will give 100,000 freshly-registered users a whopping 100 GB of free storage to start with.
OneDrive has official apps available on all major mobile and desktop platforms. Unfortunately, Microsoft currently has "no plans" for BB10 or Firefox OS users. The Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps, however, have been updated with the new brand, along with bug fixes and performance improvements. You can download them from the links below.