Tag: SkyDrive

Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

Following the threat of legal action from BSkyB for trademark infringement for the use of the name SkyDrive Microsoft came to a settlement whereby they agreed to change the name of the service.

I speculated at the time that Microsoft might have been thinking about rebranding the service anyway as they didn’t seek to fight the case at all. It’s been a while but they have announced that they are changing the name of the service to OneDrive.

I think that it is a very good change particularly the tag line ‘OneDrive for Everything in Your Life’. Because it is true that as the number of devices a person has increases the more necessary a single repository for important files which can be seamlessly accessed from any of the devices becomes.

I’ve already started the process of storing all my photographs online in SkyDrive as a backup for my home PC, but being able to access them on my phone is great and will likely become something that I’ll be wanting to do more often once I become a father this April.

BSkyB and Microsoft in trademark dispute over SkyDrive

Ars Technica reports that Microsoft is in danger of losing “SkyDrive” name in UK following a ruling Friday by Justice Sarah Asplin of the England and Wales High Court.

The ruling agrees with BSkyB’s argument that Microsoft’s use of the name SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service for both consumers and business customers, infringed on the company’s “Sky” trademarks.

This is just yet another blow in the long-running battle between Microsoft and BSkyB over the SkyDrive name. In November 2007 Microsoft tried to get a European trademark for the SkyDrive name but this was successfully opposed by BSkyB.

Microsoft is not going to give up the name yet, though. In a statement reported by TechCrunch, Microsoft said, “The decision is one step in the legal process and Microsoft intends to appeal.”