The Story behind why Microsoft rebranded SkyDrive to OneDrive

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Microsoft has announced to rename SkyDrive to OneDrive. The company has registered a new domain name onedrive.com and has also posted a one-minute video on YouTube promoting the new name. Personally I feel OneDrive is a better name that clearly reflects the function and feature of the service. The name OneDrive seems to be more apt  for a cloud service that syncs between all your devices.

The Reason: Why SkyDrive is Rebranded as OneDrive

In Short, Microsoft was forced to change the name after losing a trademark case agaist BSkyB over the use of the word “Sky”. British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) claimed the name was infringing on its copyright and wanted Microsoft to be forced to change it. Both companies came to a settlement and Microsoft agreed to complete the transition in a reasonable period of time.

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Statement from BSkyB

“We are pleased to have reached a settlement after Microsoft agreed not to appeal the trademark infringement judgement in relation to its SkyDrive service. We will remain vigilant in protecting the Sky brand and will continue to take appropriate action against those companies who seek to use our trademark without consent”

Statement from Microsoft

“We’re glad to have resolution of this naming dispute, and will continue to deliver the great service our hundreds of millions of customers expect, providing the best way to always have your files with you”

“We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future”

If you are a current user of SkyDrive

For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, you’re all set. 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.

Get Notified when OneDrive becomes available

Yes, just hit onedrive.com and give your Email-ID to receive a notification, when the re-branding is over.

I like the new name, it makes more sense now, what do you think?

Abilash A

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