Microsoft rechristens 'SkyDrive' as 'OneDrive'

Microsoft rechristens 'SkyDrive' as 'OneDrive'

Summary: Microsoft has announced its replacement name for its SkyDrive cloud storage service. It's now OneDrive.

TOPICS: Storage, Cloud, Microsoft

Microsoft just announce the awaited replacement name for SkyDrive, its cloud storage service.


As first spotted by Rod Trent at Windows ITPro, the new name is "OneDrive." Microsoft is confirming the new name in a January 27 blog post., a preview site, notes that "OneDrive is coming soon."

"Get ready for an even better place to store and share your favorite things across all your favorite devices," reads the text on the site. "OneDrive is everything you love about SkyDrive and More and it's coming soon."

There's an email sign-up for notification about OneDrive. A pointer to a new "OneDrive blog" sends readers to a blog populated with articles about SkyDrive.

Microsoft announced last July it would be rebranding SkyDrive, its cloud storage service, following its loss of a trademark battle with British Sky Broadcasting Group over the "Sky" name.

The new name for SkyDrive Pro, by the way, is OneDrive for Business, per Microsoft's blog post.

This isn't the first time Microsoft is being required to change one of its brands because of a naming dispute.

In 2012, Microsoft dropped the "Metro" name which it had been using to refer to its new design language and user interface for Windows and Windows Phone. Company officials said Metro was just a codename, even though it was widely used in marketing and other materials. Microsoft officials never said that the reason for discontinuing Metro was due to a trademark dispute, but many company watchers believe a dispute with retailer Metro AG led to Microsoft's decision to steer clear of Metro.

Microsoft recently applied for a trademark for "Mod," which some believe could be its planned replacement for Metro.

Topics: Storage, Cloud, Microsoft


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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    Xbox one, one microsoft, good fit
    • SkyDrive made more Sense

      Conceptually SkyDrive is a better name. It brings to mind something that is not on the computer that you are working on but off in the sky somewhere else.

      On first impression what does OneDrive mean. It does not convey a remote location. It sort of means something local as the primary on the local computer. Maybe OneDrive is the A: drive, on old floppy drive. The name ties in better to that than a remote location. I wonder if the icon for OneDrive will be a floppy disk?
      • Sure, SkyDrive made more sense, but they legally aren't allowed

        to use that name anymore, so that's a mute point.

        OneDrive makes sense in that it's one drive for all your devices.
        • Moot v. Mute

          Actually, it's a moot point. The point can speak just fine, but it is irrelevant.
          • I know, FDanconia

            between auto correct and lack of an edit button, lots of posts here have incorrect grammar....

          • Actually

            mute sounds better in my year (musically speaking) and makes one hell of a vivid impact. like 'FDaconia, please mute yourself' :)
            Come on people, animate your own stagnant language!
          • R U sure I thought it was Moo

        • Definition of Moot

          The Oxford English Dictionary defines the North American use of moot as ‘Of a case, issue, etc.: having no practical significance or relevance; abstract, academic.’
          • R U saying the NA use of moot is moot

      • It actually works pretty well

        as SkyDrive was installed locally as well as on the cloud. So OneDrive is both local and remote.
  • "for Business"

    Could "for Business" replace "Pro" for other products too, as well as OneDrive, going forwards, for example "Windows for Business", as part of simplified consumer and enterprise branding?
    Andy Booth
    • Onedrive for Business

      SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro is extremely confusing to people that don't deal with technology. They tend to forget about the Pro / Business part and ask why they have to set up a Microsoft account to use SkyDrive in Office. When you tell them to choose SharePoint instead their mind explodes. I haven't checked but hopefully the advertising mechanism for SharePoint will change the name from SharePoint to OneDrive for Business inside the Office 2013 suite.
  • Microsoft and Product Naming...

    Microsoft -- please stop changing the names of your products. I'm at a loss to think of any other tech company that:

    1) Comes up with such silly initial names for products (Active, Live, RT, .Net good grief the list goes on...)
    2) Changes the name from one silly thing to another

    Why can't you just call it Microsoft Drive?

    Did you change Sky Drive to One Drive so that you can use the Sky moniker for Azure? Oh wait, that's kind of what Azure means.
    • Where have you been?

      They had to legally change the name from SkyDrive because they were sued by BSkyB.
      Microsoft Drive is a lousy name.
      I hope you're not in the advertising business.
      • So...

        Google Drive is OK as are all of the other silly names they've created and changed to even sillier names over the years?
        • Really, who cares how is it called now?

          The name doesn’t really matter. It still is the same service where you only get 7GB of space for free, and where Microsoft owns everything you put in there... I keep my important data local, with a NAS backup. And if I need to share something with someone, I’d rather use web services like Filemail – they allow you to send up to 30GB for free and your data doesn’t stay anywhere.

          Considering everything that’s been said recently, I’d suggest you all do the same.
    • Microsoft Drive

      Yes, but then Nokia would freak out because of Nokia Drive.

      Oh, wait ....
  • One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do

    Some lyrics makeover and they will have a hit... with a catchy tune.

    One is the only number that you'll ever do
    One is the only number
    One is the only number

    Drop is not as good as One it comes in second to number One

    Drive is the saddest experience you'll ever know
    One is the only number that you'll ever do

    Drive is no good anymore since the NSA
    One is the only number that you'll ever do
    One is the only number
    One is the only number

    • Has Redmond sought permission to use this new moniker...

      ... from Three Dog Night?

      ... or HFC?

      ... or the Sesame Street Count?

      the litigation may be endless...
  • One drive to be shared by all your devices