Legal Dispute Prompts Microsoft to Rebrand SkyDrive as OneDrive

Paul Lilly

Same cloud service, different name

It's time to say goodbye to SkyDrive and hello to OneDrive, the new name Microsoft is giving its cloud-based file storage service launched back in 2007. Why the name change, and why now? It has to do with a trademark dispute filed by British Sky Broadcasting, known as BSkyB, and subsequent settlement back in July of last year in which Microsoft agreed to a name change.

The name OneDrive comes from Microsoft's desire to offer its users a single place to store their most important digital data, including photos, videos, and documents, all seamlessly connected across different devices.

"Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn't easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future," Microsoft stated in a blog post . "We are excited about what is to come, and can't wait to share more."

SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro users don't need to do anything in preparation for the name change. The service will continue to operate normally, with user content being made available on OneDrive (replaces SkyDrive) and OneDrive Business (replaces SkyDrive Pro) as the new name gets rolled out.

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