Microsoft forced to rebrand SkyDrive as OneDrive after losing trademark fisticuff

Does Microsoft OneDrive feel as smooth on the tongue as SkyDrive? It doesn’t matter because you’ve got no choice anyway. The company has been forced to rename its cloud storage service after losing a trademark dispute to Europe’s BSkyB (British Sky Broadcasting Group plc).

Those who have signed up for Microsoft’s online file hosting service have little to fret about. As far as the official blog announcing the change hints, it will be a smooth transition from SkyDrive to OneDrive for users. We’re talking about those with SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro accounts.

Microsoft OneDrive

The plans will be rebranded OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Although Microsoft notes ‘Expect to be able to experience the new OneDrive soon,’ it hasn’t waxed eloquent on any tweaks we might see. The sign up page for the renamed service says ‘Get ready for an even better place to store and share your favorite things across all your favorite devices.’

Microsoft hasn’t dropped the date on which the roll-out will begin, and has stuck to a ‘coming soon’ time-frame instead. But if you’re interested in signing up for the cloud storage service and want a heads-up, you can always follow this link and submit your email information.

Well, if we’re stuck with this name, at least put a space between One and Drive. One Drive versus OneDrive. What do you think?