Microsoft Renaming SkyDrive to OneDrive Due to Trademark Dispute

Microsoft announced that it would be changing the name of SkyDrive last year due to a trademark dispute. Today the new name was announced: OneDrive.

Microsoft announced on Monday that its popular cloud service, SkyDrive, has been renamed to “OneDrive”. Last year Microsoft announced it would be changing the name due to a trademark dispute with a UK company. The dispute was over the use of the word “Sky”. British Sky Broadcasting successfully claiming that SkyDrive infringed on its use of “Sky” in it’s name. For more information on the dispute, you can read the UK High Court’s ruling.


The important thing to note is that all existing users of SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro won’t have to worry about changing anything, or see any service disruptions. The name and logo will just change.

While it make take a bit of getting used to, the name OneDrive actually makes sense with Microsoft’s new focus on  merging Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Office 365 and its other services together. Microsoft’s Ryan Galvin wrote about the name:

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.

If you’re heavily invested in the Microsoft ecosystem, this is how you’re already using SkyDrive OneDrive anyway. Hopefully Microsoft does a good job in promoting the new name and service for people that haven’t joined up yet.

Here’s a look at the video from Microsoft introducing the new OneDrive:



  1. Mark

    February 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    This is so stupid I am an avid user of skydrive and do not see how the name infringes on any portion of the UK’s company name.This is possibly the stupidest case I have evr heard of go kick a ball around and see a dentist you rotten tooth brits.

    • Steve Krause

      February 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      I’m very shocked. Microsoft has been building on that brand for years… I can’t even imagine how much money was just thrown away by having to change that brand name. Very shocked and very sad news… Don’t even want to think about how many blog posts I’ll need to change now. :)

  2. asd

    February 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Its a sattelite company (pay tv) in uk with other services named sky(someting) too, included internet subscription. Here in Brazil we have this company sky too.

  3. Brian Burgess

    February 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I think it makes sense. The company wants to merge their OS and cloud storage and syncing all together OneDrive simple and effective.

  4. Daniel NLN

    February 14, 2014 at 6:55 am

    While I believe the UK company surely must have known of Microsoft’s intentions due to publicity ahead of its’ release, I abide by the court’s decision, and agree with Brian that the new name goes better with “syncing” everything into one package.

    @Mark: Are you 14 years old? You need to get a grip, and conduct yourself in an acceptable manner. Few of us agree with all the news we read about on the internet. Besides, how could it possibly have a negative impact on you? Learn to express yourself without emotions and temper tantrums. When people read a reply like yours the normal response is to discount it.

    I don’t even know why I responded to it. Besides, “stupidest” is not even a real word. The term I believe you were looking for was “most stupid”.

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