Microsoft's legal team seems to have issues verifying product names. After Microsoft ran into issues in regards to Metro for the new Windows 8 interface, it was also on the receiving end in regards to the company's cloud synchronization service SkyDrive.
The company announced that it would rebrand SkyDrive to OneDrive in the near future. The time has come apparently as Microsoft has started to roll out OneDrive to its worldwide audience.
This is a staged rollout, which means that you may not see the new interface yet on the web. If that is the case, you may still be taken to the OneDrive preview page.
The applications on the other hand have all been rebranded to OneDrive. If you still have the old SkyDrive application installed, head over to the official app store of your device and download the latest OneDrive version to get the update.
The most recent version of OneDrive for Android ships with several improvements. It is now possible to use the application to upload photos or videos automatically to OneDrive.
Support for Office Mobile and OneNote have been improved, with the editing of documents mentioned specifically in the context.
Last but not least, the app displays thumbnails in a larger resolution and offers an improved photo view as well.
One of the new features of OneDrive is that you can gain free storage to your account. When you run the app you are asked if you want to enable photo upload. If you do, you get an extra 3 Gigabyte of storage. Some users reported that they have not received the extra Gigabytes yet even though they enabled the upload functionality. I can confirm that as I have not received the extra space after enabling the feature as well.
Another option to get additional storage is to invite friends and contacts to OneDrive. You get 500 Megabytes of free storage for each referral up to a maximum of 5 Gigabytes.
As far as paid storage is concerned, the pricing is as follows:
- 50 Gigabytes of extra storage for €19 per year
- 100 Gigabytes of extra storage for €37 per year
- 200 Gigabytes of extra storage for €74 per year
There is also a special offer for 20 Gigabytes of extra space and a Office 365 Home Premium subscription for €99.
Here is Microsoft's announcement video celebrating the launch of OneDrive.
Existing SkyDrive customers can use their data to sign in on the OneDrive.com website and in any of the OneDrive applications.
We will update the article with additional information once they become available. You can read about the announcement on the official OneDrive blog here.
Update: The web interface is now live as well. Not many changes there though besides the new address which is now http://onedrive.live.com/.