Microsoft announced today that SkyDrive will soon become OneDrive. We had seen earlier in July 2013, that Microsoft had lost the rights to use the SkyDrive name and agreed to rebrand SkyDrive as a result of a settlement with British Sky Broadcasting Group BSkyB. Microsoft was given time to release a new name after transitioning its service using the old name.
And today Microsoft announced about it. Changing the name of the SkyDrive loved by its users was not easy for Microsoft and will not be for its users too.
Now talking of the new name, why OneDrive? Microsoft explains the reason for it:
We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life.
The services for the current users of SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro will continue to operate as you expect, and all the content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as the new name is rolled out across the portfolio.
There’s an email sign-up too, where one can go to OneDrive.com and can submit one’s mail ID to know when OneDrive is arriving and to learn more.
The earlier SkyDrive blog too gets redirected to the OneDrive blog now. Microsoft has posted a small introductory video too about what OneDrive will offer.
We users though sad about change of name of SkyDrive, are excited about what is to come in the new OneDrive – it’ll not be just change of name, SkyDrive users are expecting more!