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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.

Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. 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.

~ Ryan Gavin – General Manager, Consumer Apps & Services


The name actually makes sense, and for marketing reasons I think it will be a success as it really fits with the idea of one OS, one platform, one look for all Windows users on any devices and it also matches with their note taking app – OneNote.

This seems like a bold and genius move from Microsoft but in reality is the result of a settlement between Microsoft and BSkyB over the trademark of the Sky name. There were also “financial terms” as part of the settlement, but the firms have not disclosed any figures.

In the end I see this as a win for Microsoft, I never really liked the name “SkyDrive”, just like the word “cloud” it has been overused and in today’s globalized and connected world those words sound a bit silly.

Microsoft has mentioned that nothing will change for current SkyDrive users, there is nothing that needs to be done. In the coming days the name will be updated to OneDrive and the site for new subscribers is at

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