SkyDrive becomes OneDrive: New name, same wares

Katherine Murray

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.

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Katherine Murray

About Katherine Murray

Katherine Murray is the author of My Windows 8.1 (Que, 2013), Microsoft Office 2013 Plain & Simple (Microsoft Press, 2013), My Evernote (Que, 2012), and other non-fiction books on business, parenting, and Earth-care topics. She also coauthored, with Woody Leonhard, Green Home Computing for Dummies (Wiley 2009), and she writes and tweets (@kmurray230) about green-tech, wellness, and other social issues.