It seems like once a year, Microsoft changes the name of SkyDrive. Wait. We mean Windows Live Folder. No, wait, that isn’t right. Is it Windows Live? No, no. That’s wrong, too. Windows Live SkyDrive? SkyDrive? No! OneDrive. Whew! I think they have finally arrived.
SkyDrive is now OneDrive and coming soon, you’ll see a full change of name, logo and integration in Windows 8.1, Windows Phone and other Microsoft projects. Here’s what it means for SkyDrive users in the future.
SkyDrive to OneDrive
Microsoft has had issues with trademark infringement, copyright issues and other legalities revolving around what you currently know as SkyDrive for years. Whether it was naming issues, functionality and feature issues or something in between, Microsoft has been battling to make SkyDrive a stable product. This has been an on-going battle with the SkyDrive system since its first naming and the service it provides. Microsoft has taken the time to delay
Starting in 2007, the UK television network, BSkyB, has sued Microsoft around the world for using the term “Sky.” The company also uses a pay-per-view set-up called Sky Store and Share. This was back when SkyDrive was known as Windows Live SkyDrive which pushed Microsoft into renaming it Windows Live Folders. A few years later, in 2011, Microsoft teased that it would rename the cloud-based service and completely revamp it, turning it into what we know now as SkyDrive.
Once again, BSkyB took Microsoft to court over the language in the original ruling which said Microsoft had an undetermined time to truly rebrand and change the name. In July 2013, a court in Wales ruled that Microsoft was in breach of the original ruling, forcing them to come to a settlement over the name with BSkyB. Microsoft has talked about the rebranding previously for SkyDrive but until today hadn’t released any details.
We now know that SkyDrive will be converted into OneDrive. Here’s more on OneDrive:
Ryan Gavin, Senior Director at Microsoft, said this about OneDrive:
“Why OneDrive? 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 has always been a big deal for Microsoft since its inception. It’s gone through evolution after evolution for over a decade starting in the recesses as just an idea in Redmond and now slowly grows into a competitive cloud service rivaling the likes of Google Drive, Dropbox and other services who have been doing it better for longer. Microsoft has big visions for SkyDrive – OneDrive – and perhaps this latest snafu will motivate them to finally take full control over what it can do and what it should do, especially with the upcoming integration between Windows 8.1, Windows Phone the Xbox gaming system.
Can OneDrive finally be what Microsoft’s cloud service should be? Time will tell, as is usually with Microsoft and its products. Windows has seen the same stagnant development and evolution in Windows 8, and now we’ve seen it with SkyDrive. Can OneDrive change that? Who knows? Does Microsoft want to change that? Again, we’re never sure when it comes to the folks at Redmond. We want the best for OneDrive, but does Microsoft want the best? We never know.
How to Sign Up for One Drive
If you visit this web site for OneDrive, you’ll be able to sign up to be one of the first to make the change.
Just enter your e-mail address, click “Submit” and you’ll be alerted as soon as the changes are finalized from Microsoft.
It’s that easy.
Microsoft has a habit of leaping before they look. This doesn’t always end well for them in the long run. SkyDrive, now OneDrive, is one such example. When Microsoft begin jumping from name to name, it simply confused users and caused confusion among those who used SkyDrive and former versions.
For now, it looks like OneDrive might stick and it might also pave the way for Microsoft to enhance the cloud between products in the future.