You say SkyDrive, I say LiveDrive

You say SkyDrive, I say LiveDrive

Summary: Windows Live branding has been nothing to write home about. It turns out even the Live codenames have been a source of confusion. Case in point: Windows Live Folder Share and Windows Live Folders.

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Windows Live branding has been nothing to write home about. It turns out even the Live codenames have been a source of confusion.

Case in point: Windows Live Folder Share and Windows Live Folders (the service which may or may not ultimatly be branded as Windows Live SkyDrive).

Microsoft execs -- including Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie himself -- led folks astray a while back by using the LiveDrive codename to refer to a "cloud storage service." In fact, that service was code-named SkyDrive.

However, LiveDrive is still an active Microsoft codename, as the LiveSide.net guys verified this week. My bet? LiveDrive is the codename for Folder Share, the client-side component of Microsoft's shared-folder service.)

Maybe all this will become clearer when Microsoft takes the wraps off Windows Live Version 2 this fall. And maybe we'll get to see that nifty new Live.com page, which seems ready to morph into a full-fledged Live services portal ....

Update on August 9: More on SkyDrive vs. LiveDrive. And what do you know: There's the new Live.com home page!

Topic: Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Brand Names 'nothing to write home about' ...

    ... why then is your electronic pen in evidence?

    Windows Home Server must, by definition, be in the class of home-writeable entities ;-)
    jacksonjohn
  • Live Sky Dive To Linux

    Microsoft can't even get the desktop software right; would you really trust your data to Microsoft?
    chessmen
  • Who will be the thirdparty producers?

    of all these parachutes that will surely be
    needed by the many Microsoft SkyDivers and
    CloudJumpers?

    Lotta bucks on the table for SOMEBODY!
    Ole Man
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