Microsoft OneDrive Launches As SkyDrive Replacement

After the announcement in January that SkyDrive would be renamed to OneDrive, the change is finally starting to roll out to consumers.

Microsoft settled with BSkyB after a legal dispute over the product name and the use of the word “Sky” which BSkyB alleged was causing consumer confusion as to who was supplying the service.

There was a high court ruling in June that “the name infringed the broadcaster’s trademark” with the judge stating there was evidence Skydrive’s name had caused confusion among the public.

The newly renamed One Drive Blog confirmed today that the new service was available worldwide, and files of existing SkyDrive users had been migrated over to the new service.

Chris Jones, Corporate Vice President, Windows Services said:

When we announced the new name OneDrive, we noted how it is much more aligned with our vision for the future. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to get all of your favorite stuff in one place—one place that is accessible via all of the devices you use every day, at home and at work.

To celebrate the official launch of OneDrive, today Microsoft is also giving 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year. To be in with a chance of winning keep an eye on @OneDrive on Twitter for clues.


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