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SkyDrive to become OneDrive

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Originally called Windows Live Folders and then renamed to SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution is being renamed once again.

BSkyB, the British television broadcaster owned by News Corporation, launched a lawsuit against Microsoft in 2011 for trademark infringement over the use of the word Sky in the SkyDrive name.  In June 2013 Justice Sarah Asplin ruled that Microsoft’s use of the name SkyDrive was in violation of the News Corporation Sky trademark.  At first it was thought that Microsoft would appeal but, rather than waste money fighting BSkyB, Microsoft instead agreed to rebrand it’s SkyDrive service within a “reasonable period of time”.  Not yet available to end users Microsoft officially announced OneDrive on Monday 27th Jan 2014.

Why OneDrive?  Ryan Gavin, Microsoft Consumer Apps & Services General Manager recently blogged

We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life.

SkyDrive Pro is also being renamed OneDrive for Business. If you’re already using SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro then you don’t need to do a thing; both services will continue to work normally, your data will be migrated to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as the new name is applied to Microsoft’s services.

You can find out what the OneDrive team are up to by visiting the OneDrive Blog.

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