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Microsoft rebrands SkyDrive as 'OneDrive'

Name change follows legal battle with BSkyB

SkyDrive, the cloud storage platform accessible on a range of Microsoft devices including Xbox One, has been renamed 'OneDrive'.

The change follows a dispute with British telecommunication group BSkyB, which claimed Microsoft was infringing on its copyright and took its complaint to the European Union. A UK court ruled in favour of BSkyB, forcing Microsoft to rebrand its service.


Although Microsoft initially said it would appeal the decision, the two companies later revealed they had reached a settlement where Microsoft was given "a reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transition to a new brand".

"Today we are pleased to announce that SkyDrive will soon become OneDrive," it has now announced on the OneDrive blog.

"Why OneDrive? 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."

Microsoft said current users of SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro won't need to take any action as "the service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively" during the rollout.

OneDrive functionality is integrated in the Xbox One experience and is commonly used as a way to store gameplay screenshots and videos captured and created using the console's game DVR functionality. Content saved on the service can then be accessed using browsers and smartphone apps.

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