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SkyDrive Now Called OneDrive

It took six months but Microsoft has found a new name for its SkyDrive service. The new name, OneDrive will make its debut "soon," the company announced this morning in a blog post. Microsoft didn't say when the new name will appear but urged customers to sign up for alerts.

The new name also applies to its SkyDrive Pro service, which Microsoft will call OneDrive for Business. SkyDrive Pro is the file storage service for Office 365, SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online.

"Changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn't easy," wrote Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager for consumer apps and services. "We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future."

Microsoft agreed to rename SkyDrive back in July after losing a trademark infringement case with British Sky Broadcasting Group. Though the company said it would do so after "a reasonable amount of time," it appeared Microsoft was having second thoughts about ditching the name as it continued to promote SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro.

Among the names that some thought were in play to replace SkyDrive were Azure Drive and WinDrive. Perhaps OneDrive wasn't the first choice but it sounds like a suitable name for the service. Do you like it or do you think it was a bad choice?

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 01/27/2014 at 10:23 AM


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