Microsoft flips the switch and turns on OneDrive cloud storage

Microsoft flips the switch and turns on OneDrive cloud storage

Summary: Microsoft is making OneDrive, its rebranded SkyDrive cloud storage service, available globally as of February 19.

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Microsoft's rebranded cloud-storage service is generally and globally available as of February 19, company officials said.

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Microsoft officials announced the new branding for its cloud storage service, formerly known as SkyDrive, in late January. Microsoft was obliged to change the name of the service after a loss of a trademark battle with British Sky Broadcasting Group over the "Sky" name.

Existing SkyDrive customers don't have to do anything to move to OneDrive; their files are already in OneDrive and can be accessed by logging into www.onedrive.com with their existing SkyDrive credentials. Updated OneDrive apps for Windows Phone, Android phones and iPhones are available for download in their respective stores.

To entice new users to join, Microsoft is offering customers their first 7 GB of storage -- enough to store more than 7,000 photos, officials said -- for free. Users can subsequently purchase storage in 50, 100 and 200 GB increments. Current customers who refer friends can get up to 5 GB of extra storage. And simply by using the OneDrive camera back-up feature, users are gifted an additional 3 GB of storage.

Beyond changing the name, Microsoft is rolling out a few new OneDrive capabilities. The company is adding automatic camera backup to its Android version of its OneDrive app. And it is introducing a new monthly payment plan, allowing users to ramp up storage for specific events or ocassions.

Microsoft is not rebranding its Office Web Apps as part of today's rollout. OneDrive will continue to be the default save location for Office 365 Home Premium and Office Web Apps. Microsoft is believed to be readying an Office Web Apps rebrand to "Office Online," and is expected to simplify access to its Webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote as part of that process. Microsoft execs wouldn't comment as to when or whether this Office Online move is happening.

Microsoft also has rebranded its business cloud storage service -- formerly known as SkyDrive Pro -- as OneDrive for Business. Microsoft is not planning to share more pricing and feature specifics about OneDrive for Business until next month's SharePoint Conference 2014, however.

Update: As a few SkyDrive/OneDrive users have noted, even though February 19 was the launch date -- in more than 100 languages simultaneously -- there are still some areas where the switch hasn't happened. The SkyDrive services that are built into Windows and Office won't be updating to OneDrive until the "next major release" of those platforms, officials said. There are also some places in documentation and sites where the old branding remains and has yet to be updated.

Topics: Cloud, Microsoft, Storage, 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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  • No change in FR yet...

    The URL and logo still say "skydrive," when I log on, at least in France. Maybe it's a rolling rollout?
    tappette
    • Ya, same here

      When in the outlook.com web app, it says skydrive. If I switch to SkyDrive, the tile changes to OneDrive. Some guessing they haven't updated all their properties to reflect this change yet.
      spaulagain2
      • Skydrive to Onedrive

        Give them time till Service Pack 2.

        They will reach there.
        dheerajnagpal
        • Simple solution..

          ...Google Drive...
          ralph.luben
          • but...

            it's still in Beta, like everything from Google.
            DigitalMan1001
          • ban google

            In light of google's never ending quest to steal and sell any and all data it can find, I don't understand why anyone would consider any of their services as an option.
            ICUR12
          • Google Could Careless About Stealing From You

            ICUR12 LOL, Google or Microsoft could really care less about stealing your data. Sure both of them want to know who your sending to and receiving from and perhaps the title of your documents and folders so they can sell to you or generate more business. But steal from you LOL. Provide one teal case where thus has occurred.
            jswalker
          • a solution to what?

            Is a change of a name too much for you to cope with?
            rodburrows
          • Google Drive Unreliable

            I use both Google Drive and Sky (One) Drive every day.

            On more than one occasion I have had other people's documents show up in MY Google Drive. That's not acceptable to me, nor should it be for anyone.

            I now use Google Drive for expendable items and Sky Drive for anything important.
            onefussyone
          • same

            Besides mangling my documents and making them difficult to edit, Google drive was a disaster in the reliability dept for me. I still use it for a few things.
            Ondrive /skydrive/ live sync/ briefcase replication and all the other ones ms has cancelled on us are OK but very slow and inefficient. The demand download feature in windows 8 is great for limited space tablets. "Enticing us with 7gb free"? Isn't that the same as before? Oh wait no, initial free skydrive accounts like mine were 25gb so its worse...
            Dropbox is the truly reliable, fast and efficient solution. The only one I choose for business use and it can be installed as a service on a server too for synching remote locations.
            LarsDennert
          • My solution

            I back up to all three services: Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. All for free. Oh, and to a 1TB portable hard drive, too. My system works pretty much flawlessly. All of my confidential or sensitive data stored in the cloud is kept in encrypted containers so if that info falls into the wrong hands nobody would be able to access it. Pics and other non-classified documents, I don't care if somebody else looks at them.
            harry_dyke
  • Language is a bit confusing . . .

    Language is a bit confusing . . . Are they just rebranding SkyDrive, or did they just roll out an entirely new service??

    It would be absurd to make an entirely new service - the last thing I want to have is a whole rack of duplication / "what service did I use for this?" / "why is this not working?" issues.
    CobraA1
    • Cut & Paste work basically

      They Cut "SkyDrive" and pasted "OneDrive" in its place all over Microsoft products and sites, that's basically it.

      Nothing different than before. Just got my updated Windows Phone app.

      I sure wish when the update the Windows 8.1 app that they will remove the mandatory "login to Windows using a Microsoft account" stupidity! Since upgrading to 8.1 I'm forced to use a third party SkyDrive app because my office forces me to use local accounts (and I personally wouldn't want to use a Microsoft account to login to MY computer).
      lepoete73
      • Mary Jo needs to work on her wording, then.

        Mary Jo needs to work on her wording, then.

        Things like "Existing SkyDrive customers don't have to do anything to move to OneDrive" could be interpreted as "your data is moving somewhere new" rather than "they just renamed the service."
        CobraA1
        • Well, she was pretty clear about it being simply a "new branding"

          ... as well as saying "Beyond changing the name, Microsoft is rolling out a few new OneDrive capabilities". If you stop to think about it for just a couple of seconds it's hard to interpret that as being an entirely new service.
          bsalloum
        • You seem to be the only one

          Who didn't read it right. Thanks for the heads up Mary Jo
          Charles_B
      • RE: Microsoft Account Login

        Lepoete73:

        You can add your Microsoft account to your computer as an additional account and get your Microsoft services such as SkyDrive using that account. I do that today on my work PC; I use a local account on my laptop, but have added my personal Microsoft account too, for all the services I use that span work and personal devices. It works like a charm and everything syncs like you'd expect it to.
        kb5ynf
    • Renaming

      Microsoft officials announced the new branding for its cloud storage service, formerly known as SkyDrive, in late January. Microsoft was obliged to change the name of the service after a loss of a trademark battle with British Sky Broadcasting Group over the "Sky" name.
      GaryM_z
      • Stupid courts

        As much as I'm not much of a MS supporter, there must be some SERIOUSLY brain-dead judges in the UK to even allow a trademark suit like this to go through. I mean, really, jost HOW stupid would someone have to be to confuse a broadcast channel with an online service that merely happens to have the letters "s", "k" and "y" in them? And if someone **IS** that stupid, then they are deserving of all the trouble they have because of it. If we coddle and protect STUPID people, we will only end up with *more* stupid people.
        jelabarre
        • about as stupid as

          Someone who does know what sky broadcasting is?
          LarsDennert