Microsoft will soon relaunch SkyDrive as OneDrive as a result of a trademark dispute, and along with that launch will come several new features, such as co-owner file support. Another feature allegedly coming to the service will be the ability to earn extra storage.
According to LiveSide, which also broke news of the co-owner file support, OneDrive users can earn up to 8GB of extra storage by completing basic tasks, such as referring friends to the service or syncing camera photos. Users can earn up to 5GB of storage on the service by referring friends, with 500MB earned for each friend referred to OneDrive. Additionally, 3GB of storage can be earned by syncing photos through the OneDrive app"s camera roll feature on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. The feature is similar to many competing cloud storage services, as Dropbox has offered users extra storage for referring users and Box has offered extra storage simply for using its iOS app.
All new OneDrive users will get the same 7GB of storage currently offered by SkyDrive, and the additional storage earned won"t expire, LiveSide claims. That differs from several other promotions Microsoft has used for SkyDrive, such as giving Windows Phone users an additional 20GB for a year.
Microsoft hasn"t revealed when SkyDrive will formally relaunch as OneDrive, though a likely date is when Windows 8.1 Update 1 launches sometime in the next few months.
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