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Microsoft’s SkyDrive to Relaunch as “OneDrive”

by Jacob Kleinman | January 27, 2014January 27, 2014 1:15 pm PST

Microsoft’s cloud storage service, SkyDrive, is relaunching in the near future as OneDrive, the company announced today. Besides its name change, nothing else about the product will change, though Microsoft has prepared a short commercial to promote the rebranded service.

Today’s news comes almost six months after Microsoft agreed to change SkyDrive’s name following trademark infringement claims from British satellite broadcaster BSkyB. The deal also included an undisclosed cash settlement.

“Changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy,” said Microsoft general manager Ryan Gavin. “We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more.

The new name may lack the brand recognition associated with SkyDrive, but it fits in with the company’s current One Microsoft credo. OneDrive also hammers home the concept of storing your files on one platform accessible from any connected device.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...