Neowin readers offer suggestions for renaming SkyDrive

Microsoft made the surprising decision on Wednesday to rename its SkyDrive cloud storage service after losing a trademark fight with BSkyB in a U.K. court case in June. While it may be a few months before Microsoft reveals its new name, that has not stopped Neowin readers from offering many suggestions in our news comments.

Several readers believe that the company should rename the service to something familiar, such as Microsoft Drive or Windows Drive. One of them is BAV0, who writes that Microsoft might have already come up with an alternative name:

I'm pretty sure it will be Microsoft Drive, because it would perfectly align with change from Windows Live to MS branding and there's a registry switch in the Windows 8.1 Preview that changes all SkyDrive references to "Microsoft Drive"

Some of the other more serious suggestions made by Neowin readers include XDrive, CloudDrive, BingDrive, Microsoft Storage, Azure Drive, and OneDrive. Of course, there were also plenty of ideas that were made (we think) in jest. DarkNet came up with several, such as XDrive 365, NSA Drive and Ballmer Overdrive. dbam987 listed some rather New Age-like names such as Flully Drive, Moon Drive and Dream Box.

One of our favorites comes from spudtrooper, who said the new name should be Microsoft Windows Drive Professional 2013. Not to be outdone, his comment got a reply from sagum, who said the name should be Microsoft Windows C Drive Professional 2013 Xbox Enhanced Ultimate Storage Edition for Students and Teachers Service Pack 1 (we would love to see the logo made for that name).

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The more I think about it, BlueDrive actually sounds the best of the lot by a long way. CloudDrive is terribly awkward and is already in use by Amazon. LiveDrive is a silly rhyme (and is also in use by another company?) OutlookDrive is too long (like many other options). MyDrive? Awkward, there's a reason why they've been removing "My" from Computer, Documents, Music etc in Windows.

Kinda like StarDrive too though

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note the " 's " because its not yours, you just licenses some capacity on that storage,
oh yeah, MSFT reserve the rights to turn your uploaded data to NSA (or any 3rd party as MSFT deem profitable), and you must agree to NOT suing MSFT because of this.

I think it should be "Mesh". Seeing as Microsoft already owns mesh.com, it has its own cloud storage and syncing history and it is a unique modern name, so I think Mesh would be awesome.

Mesh - Microsoft online cloud storage !

"Mesh" can mean a lot of things. One connotation can be "mesh stockings" which isn't something I'm sure MS wants its service associated with.

I'm not a fan of the way the word sounds either. I can't picture myself saying "It's on Mesh."

It's Microsoft, they're going to call it 'Microsoft Cloud Storage Service' or something nearly as boring.

They always seem to get in trouble when they use fancy names.

MyDrive?

But I wouldn't be shocked if the re-naming is less dramatic and they only have to change it to "Microsoft Skydrive".

tiadimundo said,
MyDrive?

But I wouldn't be shocked if the re-naming is less dramatic and they only have to change it to "Microsoft Skydrive".


They cant, just like they cannot put a product called "Microsoft iPod"

Man some people have no idea about trademarks

neohelp said,

They cant, just like they cannot put a product called "Microsoft iPod"

Man some people have no idea about trademarks

MiDrive?

neohelp said,

They cant, just like they cannot put a product called "Microsoft iPod"

Man some people have no idea about trademarks

Bskyb has no trademark on "Skydrive". Not even on something like "Sky Go". They only have a trademark for "Sky".

Microsoft Vault but drive is what most other competitors are using and they will most likely go with that or maybe Office Drive to make it easier for the businesses.

Its amazing that no one says the obvious:

Mesh


Windows Live Mesh was basically SkyDrive before it got the name SkyDrive.

Im almost sure it will be called Mesh.

I think Skydrive is the coolest name microsoft ever used for any product. why would they change it? to rename it to Microsoft Windows Cloud One Drive? or some other long and ugly name?

Why does it have to have Drive? What is a drive. Is it used to drive somewhere. Is it used for motion. No. I think it is time to get rid of the name drive and find something else more meaningful. Some of the names in the article fit in with Microsoft's current products but are too huge for a name. SkyDrive was nice because it was short and descriptive. However, I don't think the name needs to be based on description either. It just needs to be short and unique.

BillyJack said,
Why does it have to have Drive? What is a drive. Is it used to drive somewhere. Is it used for motion. No. I think it is time to get rid of the name drive and find something else more meaningful. Some of the names in the article fit in with Microsoft's current products but are too huge for a name. SkyDrive was nice because it was short and descriptive. However, I don't think the name needs to be based on description either. It just needs to be short and unique.
Go home, you're drunk.

They should call it "MurdochIsACockDrive".

Failing that, 'Cloud Drive' is the best suggestion i've heard so far. Being related it'd probably be enough for most non tech users to think it was what it was always called, also, there's already a cloud in the logo.

MikeInBA said,

I actually think Fabric might be taken already by MS and Azure dept.

Windows Azure AppFabric is the release name for project Velocity.

bkydcmpr said,
Just call it "The Cloud".

There is already a cloud provider in the UK called that.. and unfortunately they're also part of the BSkyB group so it defiantly won't be. http://www.thecloud.net/wifi/about-us/

I'd say it won't contain cloud or sky, or anything else relating to BBkyB, and will probably go with their XBOX branding to pull everything integrated, maybe even using one of their older development names and call it the 'Xbox Mesh' network.

Except that the SkyDrive brand is also used for businesses - especially in the case of SkyDrive Pro.

Windows is the only brand that's totally agnostic to business and home use, so it seems logical it would come under that umbrella. Maybe Bing or Office.

Quikboy said,
But Windows will imply Windows only to people. While SkyDrive works on OS X, Android, iOS, etc.

Didn't stop them calling it 'Windows Phone', I'm using mine on my Mac now, it even has a Microsoft made, Windows Phone program on Mac OS X to sync the phone.

Nice example, but an operating system and a web service aren't exactly in the same boat with naming. One comes built-into a device, another is something you choose as a web service meant to be accessed everywhere. That's just my take on that, but I guess we can agree to disagree.

They might call it something "microsoftie" like: "Microsoft Windows Cloud Drive Professional Plus 2013 Student and Teacher Edition for Home Users".

Or something awesome like "YouDisk" or "YouDrive" just to **** off YouTube or "MDrive" to **** off Googl.e

This is very sad. "SkyDrive" was Microsoft's first foray into actually having unique and distinctive naming conventions for it's products. And the "SkyDrive" name is very descriptive of it's online heritage and future uses. Unfortunately it will come down to something as bland as "Microsoft Drive". I believe this is why in the past Microsoft would produce names as ridiculous and long as some stated in the article. I hope this does not put them on a path to those naming conventions again. I actually think those long names come from Ballmer to avoid these types of patent suits. I really hope that they would launch an appeal to this ruling but I guess the "Microsoft drive" name is waiting in the wings for everyone. Please Microsoft don't revert back to your old names. How about "StarDrive." Why only reach for the sky when you can reach for the stars. That's free Steve.

Yes, the biggest promoter of privacy is all about spying on you. Please let me know when Google Chrome allows you to delete your history upon browser close.

WinMunkee said,
Yes, the biggest promoter of privacy is all about spying on you. Please let me know when Google Chrome allows you to delete your history upon browser close.

Why so defensive? It was just a play on words in light of the recent Prism scandal. This article isn't about Google.

GreatMarkO said,
Bring back Mesh!! ...and not just the name, but the actual app - it was way, way better than the current SkyDrive app!!

Again, I am not understanding why Mesh isn't mentioned.

Little confusing if you still have C Drive and Microsoft Drive. What's the difference? They need a better name that clearly states the content is available anywhere.

Kumo in Japanese means spider and cloud. Codename for Bing at the time.

OneDrive seems like a winner if they can get the rights.

That may prove to be hard, as there already is a OneDrive online storage system from a Brazilian company named LocalWeb, which is the biggest Hosting and Cloud Provider in Brazil..

Microsoft should have fought this more than they did but I suspect there is some sort of partnership with Sky they desire more.

I think you might be right. Honestly I think the name is dumb but the logo is cool. So hopefully they come up with a better name and keep the logo.

I don't like any of the suggestions here, even Microsoft Drive doesn't sound good.
SkyDrive was perfect because it just rolls off the tongue and it sounds cool and actually describes the product (a cloud drive).

I'd rather they come up with a totally unique and short name than just stick with any of these user-generated options.

All the good ones are taken, anything else will require re-education and acclamation. Something as important and potentially large as this you would think might be worth spending a few bucks on.

I don't understand how they could lose...they are both in different markets. BSky is a television service, while SkyDrive is an online cloud storage service. I guess the only reason is because Microsoft is kinda now in the TV Business, but NOT w/ their SkyDrive branding, with their Xbox Branding.

This is similar to Apple Computers and Apple Corps. They eventually had a lawsuit when Apple Computers created iTunes and entered the music business, but that was settled eventually.

Apparently, BSkyB customer support has received calls from customers complaining about Skydrive, thinking it was something to do with them, not Microsoft. That was what really swung the decision in their favour.

Thank god Sky-pe was left alone. God forbid anyone in the world saying word Sky and not think of a company, instead of that thing above your head.

greensabath said,

This is similar to Apple Computers and Apple Corps. They eventually had a lawsuit when Apple Computers created iTunes and entered the music business, but that was settled eventually.

They had a lawsuit 20 years before Apple Computer created iTunes, and many lawsuits afterward for various breaches of the original terms.

sviola said,
BSkyB sued Skype in 2009 for trademark violation and lost.

It's a good thing MS didn't own Skype in 2009 or Skype would be known as "Microsoft Video Messenger". Which would eventually be changed to "Lync" after years of failure.

My money is on "Office Drive". Most SkyDrive users (specially Outlook.com users) have no idea that SkyDrive has online document editing tools and Microsoft must raise awareness about it.

But but but... you forgot about "Lucy in the Sky ...Drive"!!!

Anyone? Or is it lost an everyone... I feel so old all of a sudden

hungb.nguyen said,
ok, why don't you rename it to "SkyDrive"?!

I think the whole reason Microsoft dropped SkyDrive's name so easily is that they are trying to move away from the "Drive" concept and more to a platform Editing Office, Pictures, Store Music, Videos, Create HTML and Code as well as documents and maybe in the future create music, videos, and music videos. They Also want it to sync windows Bit Locker Keys, Windows 8/8.1 sync and IE Sync.

The reason of the name changing is Microsoft was sued by an UK TV provider named BSkyB. And I don't see any confusion between these names.
Anyway, "SkyDrive" is a really great name, I really wish they could let Microsoft keep it

hungb.nguyen said,
The reason of the name changing is Microsoft was sued by an UK TV provider named BSkyB. And I don't see any confusion between these names.
Anyway, "SkyDrive" is a really great name, I really wish they could let Microsoft keep it

I really think it was the coolest name Microsoft ever picked. versus Windows Phone which is I think part of the reason for wp failure.

hungb.nguyen said,
The reason of the name changing is Microsoft was sued by an UK TV provider named BSkyB. And I don't see any confusion between these names.
Anyway, "SkyDrive" is a really great name, I really wish they could let Microsoft keep it

Sky are ******s.

hungb.nguyen said,
The reason of the name changing is Microsoft was sued by an UK TV provider named BSkyB. And I don't see any confusion between these names.
Anyway, "SkyDrive" is a really great name, I really wish they could let Microsoft keep it

Yes, but why not appeal and just scrap the name all because a company wants it. They have something planned.

WinMunkee said,
Hope this is sarcasm. To think Google Drive is any different.

if you read my posts on here and the forums,you would know im making fun of certain types of people.