Microsoft’s Sky Drive re-named OneDrive after lawsuit

27 Jan 2014

Microsoft has revealed that cloud storage application Sky Drive is to be re-named OneDrive after a lawsuit from British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) last year claimed trademark on the use of ‘sky’.

Microsoft announced in a blog post the newly named cloud storage service will replace Sky Drive, which has been available since 2007.

The service is changing in name only. The BSkyB lawsuit resulted in a settlement where Microsoft would have to either pay a substantial fine or change the name.

This is not the first time the service has changed its name. In the seven years since its creation, it has also had the less catchier names of Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Folders.

No change to service

Microsoft has also promised that all files and information will not be affected by the name change.

Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s general manager for consumer apps and services, wrote in the blog post: “We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more.

“For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, you’re all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively, as the new name is rolled out across the portfolio.”

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic