Microsoft has renamed its cloud-storage service “OneDrive” after being forced to drop “SkyDrive” after a complaint from Sky.
Last July, Microsoft agreed to stop using the name after a UK judge ruled “there was a likelihood of confusion in the average consumer” between Sky’s products and SkyDrive. Sky said 17 customers had contacted it assuming it ran the service.
At the time, Sky said it would give Microsoft “a reasonable amount of time” to rename SkyDrive – and it’s taken six months to come up with “OneDrive”.
While the name could be seen to be playing off the success of Microsoft’s XBox One, the company said it was named such because it’s the one place to store all your content.
Changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy
“We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff,” said Ryan Gavin, general manager for consumer apps and services, in a post on a Microsoft blog. “One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use.”
He noted it wasn’t easy coming up with a new name. “Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy,” he admitted. “We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future.”
Anyone using SkyDrive should see little change other than the name, with Gavin saying the service will continue to “operate as you expect”, although the website suggested there may be new features on the way, saying “OneDrive is everything you love about SkyDrive and more”.