Microsoft considered Cdrive branding to replace SkyDrive name

When Microsoft announced that it would be re-branding its SkyDrive platform, a guessing game began about what Microsoft would call its cloud storage service. There were obvious choices such as Microsoft Drive and Office Drive, but the company ultimately settled on OneDrive.

One of the names that was considered was Cdrive. Anyone who has used a PC knows that the default drive is nearly always C:, so the Cdrive branding would build upon this idea, and Microsoft even bought the URL Cdrive.com. Microsoft obtained the rights to the domain in October 2013, and it currently redirects to OneDrive.

It seems obvious why the company went with the OneDrive branding, as it appeals to a much wider audience than Cdrive. Additionally, on devices like smartphones and tablets, the Cdrive idea doesn’t make as much sense. Besides, OneDrive is actually a pretty good name for what the service does and reflects its wide availability on many platforms.

Microsoft likely considered hundreds of names when working on the rebranding, and Cdrive was likely one of many domains the company purchased in anticipation of a potential use for branding purposes.

The history has been written that OneDrive is the branding that the company will use for the foreseeable future, but would you have preferred the Cdrive branding, or do you wish Microsoft stuck with SkyDirve? Let us know in the comments below.

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I would double check to make sure all updates are applied. I think they did away with the SkyDrive brand in Win8.1, Office, WP, etc.

C Drive as in CloudDrive? Don't know. OneDrive is good, may be it can be named as TwoDrive, ThreeDrive, and so on? Whatever they name it's just the name of the Technology.

Thanks

To all those say "what a horrible name" etc.... you are aware that the name was NOT chosen, right? And likely for the very reasons you think it was a horrible idea.

It would have definitely been confusing for lots.

Hey, Mah, go save that on your CDrive so I can check it out later...
Ok, and she saves it on the local c:\...
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I figured they would go with Office drive. but it works out. I am very happy about the whole overall adoption of onenote becoming this awesome program. I started using it back in 2005 and its fantastic. Still use it every day :D

Says who? Not clear from the article what the source is.

Or are you just assuming because they registered cdrive.com and forwarded it to OneDrive that they considered that name?

Microsoft has been pretty steadily distancing things from the old/technical terminology for a while. Almost no end user browsers to C:\ at all... programs all go in program files and documents etc go in libraries, and that is what users are learning. Even changing My Computer to "This Device" is a pointer in where their design will be going.

OneDrive also has the advantage of joining other MS products - OneNote, Xbox One, etc. I wouldn't be *horribly* surprised if they come out with a Office 365-type yearly licensed version of Windows next named WIndows One (I don't think it is likely, but it isn't out of the realm of possibilities).

OneDrive is probably their best choice from their pool of ideas. SkyDrive isn't horrible, but once cloud systems begin taking over, the name might have worn out.

Agreed, it is only a matter of time before they remove drive letters all together, the GUI doesn't need them, use a UNIX like path under the covers and only provide the old X: style pathing for legacy support.

Interestingly, some of the very early Vista (called Longhorn at the time) screenshots did not show drive letters in "My Computer."

sphbecker said,
Interestingly, some of the very early Vista (called Longhorn at the time) screenshots did not show drive letters in "My Computer."

Sadly that was before the rebooted development cycle that scrapped WinFS.

Rubbish post, Cdrive was never considered
I seriously hope you have another source besides MS squatting a domain ;P

Likely the marketing team will have done brainstorming exercises and considered tens of different names for the product, from the sensible to the ridiculous. Sometimes taking things to extremes can help highlight other, more sensible, options. So I expect many, many names were 'considered' but not to the extent that it means much.

Another reason for registering this is probably because they want to guide novices who are looking for the "C drive" to OneDrive.

dingl_ said,
Rubbish post, Cdrive was never considered
I seriously hope you have another source besides MS squatting a domain ;P

Rubbish reply to a post. You have no idea that Cdrive was never considered.
Unless of course you have a source within MS that told you it was never considered, which I seriously doubt you do.

pantera9 said,
Should've been WinDrive, but I'm okay with OneDrive ;)

I thought due to the success of the Xbox, XDrive or Xcloud would have been good choices as well.

duk3togo said,

I thought due to the success of the Xbox, XDrive or Xcloud would have been good choices as well.

Xdrive is the name of BMW's 4WD traction control system. Also within MS "X" is related to their API package regarding multimedia, DirectX being the most well known but there's also XInput, XACT (Now part of the Xbox API, included in the DirectX package), this X naming was carried through to the xbox because it used DirectX API's and was part of the X API testing.

duk3togo said,

I thought due to the success of the Xbox, XDrive or Xcloud would have been good choices as well.

Yes, I mentioned xDrive on another site, and someone pointed out that BMW uses that ;)