microsoft onedrive

Our not so favorite Cloud Storage service “SkyDrive”  will be called as “OneDrive” from now on wards. This is because Microsoft decided to change the name after losing a trademark dispute lawsuit to BSkyB. Though Microsoft’s SkyDrive is actually a useful and better service in many aspects when compared to similar services on Internet, it doesn’t get as much appreciation as it deserves.

And now Microsoft is renaming SkyDrive as OneDrive. SkyDrive, which is launched in 2007 will soon be changed to the new name “OneDrive”.  This announcement came directly from the Microsoft General Manager for Consumer Apps and Services Ryan Gavin on Monday.

“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. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more” Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s general manager of consumer apps and services, said in the announcement.

The decision became inevitable to Microsoft after losing a trademark dispute with BSkyB (British Sky Broadcasting Group). Rather than challenging the decision, Microsoft decided to change the name of SkyDrive to OneDrive.

Anyway the announcement also made clear that, the functionality remains same despite the name change. SkyDrive Pro, the service aimed for Business also gets a new name : OneDrive For Business.

However it isn’t made clear that when will be the migration takes place. “Soon” is the only term Microsoft gave for the migration towards OneDrive. At present, SkyDrive.com is still active, and there is a preview site for the OneDrive which consists an email sign up for folks who wants to be reminded when it is launched.

If you are not aware of SkyDrive, it is a cloud storage service offered by Microsoft, where we can store all our files in one place. Just think of it as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Let’s hope this OneDrive will get more popularity and appreciation than SkyDrive.  But do you really think this will happen? let us know that in comments below.

Thank you 🙂

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