Microsoft rebrands SkyDrive to OneDrive, adds more storage options and functionality

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.

Download OneDrive: Android | iOS | Windows Phone

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1. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

They should just called it, MS Drive...

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1037; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And what' wrong with OneDrive? IMHO, it's even better than SkyDive because it bodes well with their unification plans.

4. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

HTC One series, XBox One and etc. Too many "One" names...

7. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I think its better than all the iProducts out there... not just the apple ones.

10. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 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: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 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..

2. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013


5. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 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: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I agree that its dumb that they have to schange it because of some trademark in the UK.

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1037; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 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 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: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

This is an old article! I already read this from other techblogs

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

All the had to do, was name it avoid headaches.

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