OneDrive is new SkyDrive name after Microsoft loses Sky battle

Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service is now called OneDrive after losing a legal battle with Sky.

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One man, one goal, one mission. One heart, one goal, just one solution... to the problem of Microsoft's new name for SkyDrive. OneDrive is the new moniker for Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service after losing a legal battle with Sky.

"Why OneDrive?" asks Microsoft. "I don't know," I reply, "I'm guessing because it's one place for all your stuff?" "Because it is one place for all documents and one place that is seamlessly connected across all devices," says Microsoft. "Sorry Microsoft," I say, "I didn't realise that was a rhetorical question. Oh come on Microsoft, don't sulk."

SkyDrive Pro will be renamed OneDrive for Business. If you're a SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro user, you don't need to do anything; it'll continue to work as usual, and your stuff will be on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as the new name is applied to Microsoft's services.

Word on the street is that BingDrive and FetchDrive were also in the running for the new title. This is the second name change for Microsoft's online storage, after the service was changed from Windows Live Folders to SkyDrive.

The name change is the result of a British court ruling that the SkyDrive name infringed on the trademark of the familiar satellite television cervice, held by British Sky Broadcasting Group. Microsoft is changing the name across the world, not just in Britain.

Despite the title shakeup, OneDrive will continue to be a cloud storage service for Windows and Windows Phone. Your files are stored online where you can access and share them whenever you have an Internet connection, whether on your Windows PC or tablet, or on your Windows Phone phone.

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