Microsoft has relaunched its cloud-storage service formerly known as SkyDrive. The company now wants OneDrive to be your go-to product for storing files, photos, and media in the cloud. If you’re a Windows 8.1 user, the change OneDrive will require no effort at all; you simply continue to access the files you save and use in your SkyDrive account — and eventually all SkyDrive labels will morph into OneDrive.
If you use SkyDrive with Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should download the new OneDrive app (site). With stiff competition from Dropbox and Google Drive, Microsoft is making an effort to play nice with everyone. It offers OneDrive versions for Android, Apple iOS, Mac OS X, and Windows Phone.
To sweeten the transition to OneDrive, Microsoft is also taking a trick from the DropBox playbook. If you automatically store photos on OneDrive, you’ll get an extra 3GB of free storage. For each friend you convince to sign up for OneDrive, Microsoft will give you an additional 500MB of cloud storage (up to a maximum of 5GB).
If you’re already using SkyDrive — er, OneDrive already, what’s not to like about free additional storage? On the other hand, if you use a OneDrive competitor, there’s really nothing new in OneDrive that will impel you to switch services....