Microsoft's SkyDrive rebranded as OneDrive

Microsoft has finally decided on the name for its successor to SkyDrive: OneDrive.

A newly released video and website, introduces users to OneDrive, the "even better place to store and share your favorite things across all of your favorite devices." Ryan Gavin, in a blog post on the OneDrive blog, described that "changing the name of a product as loved as Skydrive wasn't easy," but said he believes that OneDrive "conveys the value that we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future."

Gavin also added that current users of SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro should not expect any complications as a result of the change: "The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as the new name is rolled out across the portfolio."

Although one assumes that there will be few architectural changes involved in the the switch from SkyDrive to OneDrive, eager users can sign up on the OneDrive announcement page to be sure to hear about the switch first.

This particular change in name has its origins in the trademark battle that Microsoft lost against TV provider BSkyB. OneDrive was also included among the names that Neowin readers recommended back in August of last year. Let's hope that Microsoft's latest moniker for its cloud drive service has a longer lifespan than its predecessor.

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DaveBG said,
NSA drive will be more descriptive.

Confusing GDrive/Google with Microsoft I see. (If you actually go read the NSA information, Microsoft is the only 'data store' - including SkyDrive that the NSA never has obtained direct access.

We also need to have a bigger discussion, as privacy and technology are changing and a few encryption protections we get from a tech company like Microsoft to fend off outside spying interests is all we have to slow the loss of all privacy.


The NSA is also less of a threat, considering they have no long term use of the data 'in theory', where Google is collecting as much information as the NSA and is actively using it to control markets, trends, and governments.

(Countries that don't have an NSA, buy information from Google.)

You cannot make me believe that ANY online drive is not government controlled and inaccessible for them sorry. I do not use GDrive also, neither other alternatives.

hezcoricapat said,
I hate SkyDrive because it ruins my life. Dropbox never ruined my life like SkyDrive has done and continues to do.

How so?

As long as my storage allotment stays the same or gross without a charge, I couldn't give a rats ass about the name. Glad it isn't one of those bonehead names like Microsoft Storage Services Drive or some other crappy name

Makes sense to align with the Xbox One... alludes to a more cohesive experience across Microsoft's ecosystem.

I'm surprised that their is an actual reason for the name change other than the marketing team getting ants in their pants to change some online service names.... They are about due for a series of pointless name changes.

A UK court found it too closely resembles BSkyB's "Sky" brand. Jeez, have you lived in a closest for the last few years or something?

djpailo said,
A UK court found it too closely resembles BSkyB's "Sky" brand. Jeez, have you lived in a closest for the last few years or something?

/sigh

Reading and comprehension skills... Get them.

I'm surprised that there is an actual reason for the name change other than the marketing team getting ants in their pants to change some online service names.... They are about due for a series of pointless name changes.

Shadrack said,
..

I'm surprised that there is an actual reason for the name change

At least you fixed your quote.
Maybe if it was written that way to begin with, it wouldn't have interfered with peoples' comprehension.
Don't be so quick to jump on the audience for your lack of clarity.

deadonthefloor said,


At least you fixed your quote.
Maybe if it was written that way to begin with, it wouldn't have interfered with peoples' comprehension.
Don't be so quick to jump on the audience for your lack of clarity.

Clarity was contained in my original comment despite the typo. Obviously "their" doesn't make any sense in that context and was unrelated to djpailo's comment so your point is well taken (I should proof read better) but ultimately moot.

I suspect djpailo was looking to make a particular point and my comment was good enough for him to make it for some reason....

His comment was pretty "quick to jump" on me with his "jeez" he was conveying... you seem to be holding me to a different standard for some reason....

You don't have a point whatsoever. You are saying its some marketing anxiety thing when it is actually a legal reason to change the name. BSkyB is an international company and could just as easily file a lawsuit in any other Country. Sky have cash loads, so MS took the sensible route and didn't throw up too much of a fuss. Your comments about marketing are bizarre and totally irrelevant to the subject matter at hand. If anything, direct your anger and frustration at the judge who ruled that people might confuse SkyDrive as property of BSkyB.

I would have preferred Bing Drive or Bing Storage and thus would have fitted well into the Bing family of apps, both on the Windows Phone and Windows 8 - would have been sweet to see "Bing News", "Bing Drive" and "Bing Travel" on my phone and laptop

But you have no idea what it is from the name.. Marketing would always suggest the name at least be related to what the product is/does.

I think "drive" will be out of the general computing lexicon in a decade or so, just like disc and floppy are kinda out now.

I think the idea behind the name fits, the "One Drive" for everything.

Just like the Xbox One is supposed to be the "One Box" you need under the TV (sadly not the case, but hey its good marketing i guess.)

Until Microsoft has a new idea and rebrand yet again. Personally i think it's a bad move to rebrand its products as often as MS does.

LaP said,
Until Microsoft has a new idea and rebrand yet again. Personally i think it's a bad move to rebrand its products as often as MS does.

well, the reason ms had to rebrand skydrive was because of that lame bskyb's trademark issue (which is stupid, considering how sky is a general english term).

LaP said,
Until Microsoft has a new idea and rebrand yet again. Personally i think it's a bad move to rebrand its products as often as MS does.

You know they had to, right?

LaP said,
Until Microsoft has a new idea and rebrand yet again. Personally i think it's a bad move to rebrand its products as often as MS does.

99% of their 'branding' 'rebranding' was forced on them.

You may have heard of an Anti-trust settlement that kept Microsoft from using the same naming conventions across various technologies.

MSN had to be separated from Windows, the new MSN Search couldn't still use MSN or Windows in the title, and on and on.

Wow. Microsoft, even after a name change, managed to come up with a good name. Thank God, they didn't mess up like Metro

Hmmm.. I think WinDrive or maybe XDrive (obviously as in XBox) would've been a better choice. But at least they didn't name it Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pro 2014

pantera9 said,
Hmmm.. I think WinDrive or maybe XDrive (obviously as in XBox) would've been a better choice. But at least they didn't name it Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pro 2014

XDrive is a failed company from before cloud storage was a thing. Those ******* deleted all the source code and compiled samples from my school days.
buggers.

I guess it's an good name. It just lacks a reference to cloud storage. It's not immediatly clear that its a cloud-based drive. SkyDrive is better imo but this new name allows them to set-up a new marketing campaign.

Ronnet said,
I guess it's an good name. It just lacks a reference to cloud storage. It's not immediatly clear that its a cloud-based drive. SkyDrive is better imo but this new name allows them to set-up a new marketing campaign.

With how badly people confuse what is 'cloud' storage, this might be a positive.

Especially as the storage model MS is pushing moves forward with 'One' place for all your stuff. Even if the files are stored both locally and on the cloud, they are still in the user's OneDrive, making the location less confusing.

That is true. It will be easier to make people understand that OneDrive is on drive shared among all their devices. And dropbox seems to do fine despite it not being immediatly clear it concerns cloud storage. Still SkyDrive was a great name...

I would have preferred CDrive a play on C:\ Drive, but in 'C' as in Cloud Drive. OneDrive, OneNote. Bound to be some unavoidable mix ups.

Mr. Dee said,
I would have preferred CDrive a play on C:\ Drive, but in 'C' as in Cloud Drive. OneDrive, OneNote. Bound to be some unavoidable mix ups.

CDrive already exists as part of comodo cloud.

Lord Method Man said,
Great. Now give everyone 50GB more for free to celebrate.

Or just give me back my 25gb I had before the outlook merger...

You just needed to confirm before the due date, they sent out an email and neowin covered that before the changeover took place.

Figure 8 Dash said,

One drive to find them,
One drive to bring them all
and in the cloud bind them

This is the one drive. Forged by the dark lord Bill Gates, in the fires of mount Redmond. Taken by Bskyb from the hand of Bill himself!

Hello,

anothercookie said,
Never know might get some more free storage out of it

Yup, thats what will be problably happen. Im just not into the whole they can send me promotional stuff.

Did sign up to it with my spam account

I used my real account incase it's account linked. It's always easy to unsub after, they don't send too much junk anyways maybe 2 emails a month.

Yep. I already have a 25GB SkyDrive but I did submit by email to be notified, just in case of free storage.

Still cool if no free storage is given though.

anothercookie said,
....

I would hate it if they took this opportunity to get those of us with >25GB free storage back under the existing model.

My fear when MS change is what are they taking back.

"In the land of Microsoft, in the servers of Redmond, the dark lord Bill Gates programed in secret a master drive to control all others. And into this drive he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate the cloud... Onedrive to rule them all. One by one the free data storages of the internet fell by de power of the onedrive.. but there were some who resisted. A last alliance of gdrive and dropbox marched against the armies of Microsoft, and ont the slopes of mount Redmond, they fought for the freedom of middle cloud..."