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SkyDrive is now officially OneDrive across its platforms, including Windows, iOS, Android an everything in between. While the SkyDrive name is still in use in some places, you’ll see a full transformation to the OneDrive service in the coming weeks.

So what else has changed since Microsoft decided to rebrand this service from SkyDrive to OneDrive? There are few interesting feature additions that will appeal to the mobile users in particular. Let’s take a look at the changes to Microsoft’s cloud-based service.

Introducing OneDrive

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OneDrive is SkyDrive and vice versa. In another name-changing spree, Microsoft has redubbed the SkyDrive service as OneDrive after a lost legal battle over the name.

While this isn’t the first time this has happened, it seems this has been the biggest push to get Microsoft to actually invest more in its cloud-based services.

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There were several major features added to OneDrive with its name change, including:

  • Automatic camera backup for Android products
  • Ability to share photos and videos easier
  • Can earn more storage for free

OneDrive is available across every major platform, including Android, iOS, Windows and even Mac. Apps were updated to accommodate the change to OneDrive, and a future Windows Update will be applied that changes it on Windows 8.1 and previous versions of the OS.

2 Ways to Get More Storage For Free

When it comes to earning free storage space, you have a variety of ways you can do that. Just by enabling automatic camera backup, you can earn an additional 3 GB of storage space. By referring family and friends, you can up to 5 GB additional space at 500 MB increments over time.

What’s the Future for OneDrive?

For SkyDrive users before the name change, you’ll find that everything is as it was. No major changes to OneDrive have occurred and all your files and folders are intact. Other than the name change, no other features or functionality has changed when it comes to OneDrive as most users utilize it. In fact, some users haven’t even noticed the name change.

The future for OneDrive is bright. Microsoft has wanted to bring together the cloud between the Windows OS, Xbox and Windows Phone. OneDrive encompasses that vision and Microsoft can use it as another stepping-stone to bringing its dream to reality. OneDrive is meant to bring together a host of Microsoft services and platforms in ways other cloud services still haven’t managed to do right.

How to Get Started With OneDrive

If you’re already a SkyDrive user, your inbox has been inundated with e-mails about the change.

Click on one of the links in those e-mails and you’ll be directed to login to OneDrive.

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Enter your e-mail and password, then click “Sign in.”

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You potentially may need to verify your identity.

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Enter the last four digits of your phone number and click “Next.”

When you receive the confirmation code on your phone, enter it in and click “Submit.”

Check the box next to “I sign in frequently on this device. Don’t ask me for a code.” This will ensure you’ll be able to login without confirming the account on the PC.

Now, you’ll be directed to the new OneDrive account, which really isn’t new in layout or UI.

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If you haven’t signed up for OneDrive, you can do so at their website. It’s a simple process and you can start using OneDrive today, there’s no waiting list or e-mail you’ll need to wait to receive to get started.

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If you’re a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 user, your Microsoft Account already acts as your OneDrive login and you’re able to get started with that alone. Even if you’ve never set up a OneDrive account, it’s there waiting for you to use with seven GBs of free storage space to get started with and all the perks of earning more or buying more should you need it.

Conclusion

If you aren’t already using OneDrive, I encourage you to give it a shot. While the functionality may not be as easy to use as Google Drive and other cloud services, it’s getting there. If you’re a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 user, OneDrive is built-in to your OS and you can use it easier than some of the other ways it’s available to be utilized. OneDrive is the push Microsoft needs to making it a reality, but will they? We’ll have to wait and see.