Microsoft rebrands SkyDrive to OneDrive, adds more storage options and functionality
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.
1. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 243; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
They should just called it, MS Drive...
3. Cyberchum (Posts: 270; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
And what' wrong with OneDrive? IMHO, it's even better than SkyDive because it bodes well with their unification plans.
4. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 243; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
HTC One series, XBox One and etc. Too many "One" names...
7. ZeroCide (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
I think its better than all the iProducts out there... not just the apple ones.
10. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 243; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
Definitely.. Some iProducts are so confusing like the iMac, because for me the letter "i" stands not for "internet", but for "portable". :)
17. ivanprskalo (Posts: 112; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
Also i stands for International...
Also there is One Sony thing...
People can't think of anything new and cool anymore?
And Sky? Are British patented whole air above us?? Come on..
5. cleat-glitch (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
at first i was like what...but by the end of the article i got used to the name
6. papss (unregistered)
Sky drive is my cloud storage of choice.. Still seems silly that they have to change it but whatever.
8. ZeroCide (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
I agree that its dumb that they have to schange it because of some trademark in the UK.
9. Cyberchum (Posts: 270; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
So you you'd prefer them to have two different names for one service. You know they can't use the name in UK right?
12. Penny (Posts: 1185; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I liked the SkyDrive name as well, but OneDrive isn't bad either. In fact, it makes sense once you start using their integrated services. I take pictures with my phone that automatically upload to OneDrive, I make documents on my computer that are automatically saved to OneDrive (with the cloud drive actually being integrated into file system of Windows 8.1), and I can access the drive anywhere, even my Surface or my brothers XBOX One. It really is one drive if you're invested into multiple points of Microsoft's platform.
I think the key for the successful integration across the platform in my mind is that it isn't browser based. If you use Microsoft's products, it has native integrations into the OS that make it that much more accessible and useful.
15. papss (unregistered)
I agree.. and use skydrive\onedrive often
11. Penny (Posts: 1185; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Got 100 GB for free today, that's pretty damn sweet! Don't have to be a newly registered user either, just have to login to OneDrive.com with your SkyDrive login info.
16. papss (unregistered)
Me too!! I went into the Microsoft store this afternoon after my meetings and bam!! I now have 130 gb
13. mottykels (Posts: 372; Member since: 15 May 2013)
This is an old article! I already read this from other techblogs
14. JunitoNH (Posts: 925; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
All the had to do, was name it MScloud..........to avoid headaches.