Microsoft is officially launching OneDrive around the globe today, the new name for SkyDrive following a trademark dispute. In addition to changing the name, Microsoft is adding a few new incentives and features to get more users to switch over to its cloud-based storage option. The changes apply to all platforms, including Android, Windows Phone, Xbox, Mac, iOS and Windows.
If you’re running Android, you can install the new OneDrive application for automatic backup of your photos and videos – though this will compete directly with Google Drive and Photos, which already provides an excellent service on the OS. If you opt to use the camera backup feature, you’ll get an additional 3GB of storage for free – an incentive to take people away from competing services.
Additionally, 7GB is included free for all users of OneDrive, though now Microsoft will now toss in up to 5GB of additional free storage through referrals. For each friend you add, you’ll get another 500MB of data until you’ve reached the 5GB limit.
We had an existing SkyDrive account and were easily able to log right into the new OneDrive with our Microsoft account – so the transition is rather seamless. You can learn more about OneDrive by heading to Microsoft’s website, though you should find that updates for your SkyDrive applications are now available.