So long SkyDrive, Microsoft required to change name after trademark dispute


SkyDrive, most of you use it daily and love it. It’s the cloud service from Microsoft that offers storage to your files anywhere and anyhow. If you’re using Windows 8 or Windows Phone it’s also the service that backs up a lot of your settings to create a coherent experience. Unfortunately, you won’t be calling it SkyDrive for much longer.

Over in the UK, a court has ruled against Microsoft in a trademark infringement case. British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) claimed that SkyDrive infringed on the “Sky” trademark. Microsoft will not be appealing the court’s decision and BSkyB will allow them to continue to use SkyDrive for a period as they transition to a new brand.

So long SkyDrive, it was fun while it lasted. Before you guys and gals shed a tear, the service itself won’t be going away, just the name.

What do you think Microsoft should rename SkyDrive? As long as it’s not something like Microsoft Cloud Storage Cloud Edition 2013 we’ll be good.

Source: The Verge



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steve_w_7 says:

MS should sue Sky every time they use the word "live" in one of their broadcasts...

MrSimmix says:

Ha ha ha! +100000

Jhzaeth says:

When I joined WP8, I actually thought SkyDrive was provided by Sky. So there's something in it. As mentioned above, drive is commonly associated with storage, so it's clear to me why I associated SkyDrive with Sky and the reason for the patent infringement.

Regardless of what they rename it to, I will continue to call it SkyDrive.

damien-tt says:

Um, off the top of my head:

  • Drive8
  • MyCloud
  • MetroCloud
  • MyDrive
  • Locker (really digging this, yo MS...grab that quick if it's available!)
  • Nimbus
  • Cabinet
  • MyCorner
  • Zone

Why stop at the sky? Look beyond! Nebula Drive. They'll be good for at least 100yrs. :)

Kram Devil says:


RyanDaLyon says:

They might get sued foe having sky in the title Skype. Lol

Anidh Singh says:

What abt MCloudDrive

I could see either XBOX Drive, Microsoft Drive, or Outlook Drive being possible choices. On another note, this is bs. Naming aside, they are fighting over the trademark for "sky". What next? Ground? Grass? Tree? Will i eventually be able to be sued if i were to sell a LAWN mower? Its absurd that they won. And its even more baffling that MS wont appeal (Unless, of course, they already planned on renaming it.)
EDIT: On second thought, it doesnt baffle me that they didnt appeal. This is Metro all over again (though unlike Metro, where the term got out of hand, and i was glad it changed, Skydrive has no reason to change.)

Durishin says:

Goodbye SkyDrive!
Hello Live Mesh!

Guakala says:

Well this is depressing a hell. I've come to love the name SkyDrive so much... This really blows. I'm still torn apart over Metro, now SkyDrive.

cowboy6201 says:

how about windows live cloud (WLC) for short?

Microsoft has been trying to ditch the "Live" branding, if you havent noticed.

LoodahChris says:

I say call it "XDrive" or "XCloud"...maybe even "Cloud9" for windows 9

Mystictrust says:

Bah. They're probably going to name it Windows Drive 8 or Windows 8 Drive. Microsoft loves to make their naming confusing. Still not a fan of WP8 name, nor am I a fan of being asked if I have Windows 8 on my phone.

RTGOD says:

"UDrive" as in Universal Drive because you can save documents, pictures, etc. And then twist it against Apple. "At Microsoft we are not selfish and conceded, its not just 'i. i. i.', we are about U".
There is also, "iUsers must be drunk...UDrive".

dlvlg says:

The sky, also known as the celestial dome, commonly refers to everything that lies a certain distance above the surface of Earth, including the atmosphere and the rest of outer space. Hence, anything above the ground is obviously protected under Sky trademark.
sky.fm is next? :'(
-skynet would be brilliant lol
- bskyb is the worst name ever. Whoever owns the trademark for letter "b" should sue them

pooleyjnr says:

Simple MSDrive.

BSkyB can go and do one, they monopolise everything in Europe. Unfortunately they got so big in the UK due to the football (soccer) lemmings paying stupid money each month.

bsd107 says:

Hotdrive !!!!!

doubledeej says:

Couldn't they just change the name for the UK only, and leave the name as SkyDrive for the sane parts of the world that have at least some sense of what trademark infringement really means?

texantony says:

Of all the names I've heard I think these are the best,
You really have to use the names in a sentence to see if it works. It has to roll out your mouth as smooth as saying "bing it" or "google it" or "it's in my iCloud"
With that said, my top choice would be Xdrive but BingBox is really different. could work.

johnbrim says:

Any of the following sound alright?

...or a variant of such?

cowboy6201 says:

i just thought of it how about outer space. "lost in space" LOL.

blasher4 says:

StratusDrive???? Anyone? No? Haha.

pr0phecy says:

Then Mother Nature should sue Apple.

iSwitchin says:

SkypeDrive. Screw BSkyB.

nanoware says:


StaticPlaya says:

Office365Drive, OfficeDrive, BingDrive, OfficeCloud, OutlookDrive

Xsled says:

Sorry if this has already been asked, lots of comments here. Sam, are you implying that SkyDrive will be rebranded for all markets, or just UK?

hwangeruk says:

Awesome Windows Azure Cloud Storage, or AWACS for short.

Toxid_Fox says:

"Windows Cloud" or "Microsoft SkyDrive(or maybe Microsoft Drive)" gets my vote

Microsoft OfficeSpace
Office Cloud
M Cloud

lovebill says:

Best twitter account ever! We should all support it. 

tootallman13 says:

MetroDrive  . . . no, wait . . 

Microsoft OfficeSpace

I personally like LiveDrive.

Darutto says:

I'm kind of young, which means I was just a kid when Bill Gates was the head of the company. But somehow I feel that this kind of things did not happen to MS, on the contrary the giant was trumping foes here and there. Now they have lost the 'Metro' name which was very apropriate and cool and now they are loosing another beacon in 'Skydrive'. I feel they are giving up easier than before, they prefer to settle disputes rather than give them a fair fight. Anyway, I hope they don't come back with some silly names like "modernUI" which sounds stupid and has an expiration date all over the name.

jmikla says:


Dragenox says:

Fuck BSkyB .... You will rot in hell ... I love the name Skydrive ... It is way cooler name than GDrive or Dropbox or Box or any other shit

Guddrive it up there

westwaswon says:

This sucks. SkyDrive is one of the few things Microsoft branded very well

Do AirDrive, BingDrive, Windows Locker, or OfficeDrive sound viable??

In Limbo says:

At this rate, we'll run out of shit to name our children because of "trademark infringements" . . .

steve_w_7 says:

I don't care what they re-name it.  I'm still going to call it SkyDrive.

mpt15 says:

Azure Shelf, AzureDrive, AzureSpace

JG333 says:

My vote is for CloudDrive.

KustomAU says:

I'm late to the conversation but why not call it Microsoft Cloud or The Cloud or Cloud Drive. Thoughts?

MDak280 says:

Man, I really liked the name. Hopefully MSFT comes up with a good replacement!

Cellus13 says:

I love the name Skydrive. It really implies the name of a cloud service. The desktop app is REALLY convenient.

willied says:

Surprised they didn't go after Skype.

These things are SO common though folks. Remember that a few years back, a little Linux start up company wanted to make a new user friendly OS for Linux, and called it "Lindows". Microsoft eventually took them to task for it, and they had to rename it to "Linscape". Then they got bought out by another company and ceased to exist anyway. Oh well.....

jmshub says:

Microsoft should go passive aggressive and rename it to SKYpeDRIVE.

Mike Gibson says:

MSFT should call it "BHBdrive", for Butt-Head Broadcaster drive.

swizzlerz says:

Bring back mesh or sync... Call it Microsoft Sync

swizzlerz says:

Windows Desktop Cloud Based Storage Enterprise Editon 8.1

MikeSo says:

I kinda sympathize with this lawsuit... When I first read about SkyDrive, I actually thought it had something to do with Sky Broadcasting. I hope they come up with a better name. Doesn't have to mean anything, just sound good...

wsanchez78 says:


Ray Adams says:

If I were MS, I would close SkyDrive in UK. Eat your courts BskyB.
Why there are always strange companies, trying to do stupid things?

janvierg says:

ZuneArray; ZuneCloud; CloudZune; or the already used by Microsoft:  Windows Azure


vinkelsleep says:

AirSpace, Clowd, WDrive, LiveDrive, Wing, Bluew, Walt, FlyDrive,
Crazy?.. Just thinking outside the dropbox ;)

markfive says:

Stupid lawsuit by Sky. Makes them look petty (it must be an infringement because our customers can't tell the difference)
Stupid interpretation of the law (can it really be an infringement of a Sky trademark if all Sky's other trademarks are Sky<space>something) and a dangerous precedent for UK trademark law
Stupid precedent - plenty of other companies have trademarks or names that start with Sky e.g. Skyteam, Skyway, Skyplane, Skymiles, Skymail, Skymove. And there is a company in the UK called Skydrive (and in the UK trademarks and company names are considered to be equivalent)
So why did Microsoft give in? Because it wasn't worth fighting over. Conclusion - they presumably have a better (by which I mean more integrated with the brand) name waiting in the wings.
I guess we just have to watch this space....

rphartanto says:

Since they have OneNote. I think OneDrive sounds great.

beefydragon says:

Easy, just add an extra "y"....  SkyyDrive... Problem solved.  LOL

Jeff Schaub says:

Microsoft "Drive formerly known as Sky"

They will call this Microsoft SkyDrive in the UK and SkyDrive everywhere else. Stupid ruling but not the end of the world.

polychromenz says:

so is this part of a deal with Sky to get access to content for some sort of web tv system. Why make enemies with Sky who may be a major partner moving forward? Same as the Metro name issue, Im sure MS is happy to fight where it suits...

plasmid_uk says:

Maybe Sky should change their name to NoSignalWhenItRainsCosDaDishCantSeeDaSky.

DJCBS says:

It's legally absurd...no company can claim rights over a word...
If Microsoft went along with this, it's because the name "SkyDrive" wasn't sticking that well.

I almost want to call it  ThingAboveOurHeadsWhenOutside-Drive just for the fun of mocking BSkyB.

Rubios says:

Yes they can, that's the whole point of trademarks.

DJCBS says:

As someone with a Law Dregree, I can tell you that they CAN'T. You can't trademark words of the dictionary. The only real base for this claim was if BSkyB had trademarked the name "SkyDrive".

KelvBlue says:

You know how many words had Microsoft trademarked?

yesman89 says:

I think it should called oneDrive

Sher Allen says:

since we are talking about cloud based storage, they should drop the drive and just name it after a cloud like Nimbus or Cumulus.

Rubios says:

inb4 Xbox Cloud

AlanUK78 says:

What a shame. I really liked SkyDrive. Would renaming it Microsoft SkyDrive work?

danWP7allday says:

I'm canceling my Sky TV subscription, Sky broadband and Sky landline because of this petty move by Murdoch.

s_a_r_k_i_s says:

2 options....
MyDrive OR MicrosoftDrive
Clean and to the point.My bet is MyDrive

Tafkas373 says:

It's gonna be: Microsoft Cloud. Maybe Windows Cloud. That's all the poetry I can give you. Otherwise its gonna be some stupid name they change voluntarily after a few years, like Hotcloud or something. No, Microsoft Cloud, just that. Because that's what it is.

4bh1sh3k says:

First Metro, and now Sky... reminds me of this from Futurama

liammatho says:

Wot tha hell Goobi?! What gain does a broadcasting system get from this?

I'm going to miss that name, "Skydrive".  The new name should be MS Air. :-P

Chris_WP says:

Microsoft OneDrive
Microsoft MiDrive
Microsoft WinDrive
Microsoft AirDrive
Microsoft Skyve
Microsoft UpDrive
Microsoft NextDrive

str8nyce says:

MS Cloud Drive

Dome85 says:

SkyDrive :'(

Aetheric Library Index. ALi.  ALi will help you with all cloud storage needs, and will be available anywhere and anytime thanks to the aether. 

amcalexandre says:


all you need to do is keep an eye out for who Microsoft is following on twitter. if you see a new unrecognized name then you probably have it.

gevabar says:

I would think that Microsoft would have invested time in looking into trademark before the name.....also wouldn't it be world paying for the name after spending all this time and money to market it.....put a number on it and negotiate that...

amcalexandre says:


danielgray says:

Didn't think you could trade mark a word in the dictionary. Must pay money to SKY everytime the weather reports clear skies.. Stupid result.

msweston7#WP says:

Im gonna go with windows MyFile

etrosce says:



You are welcome.

Colby Lee says:

I think its time they fully integrate SkyDrive with Office. They should have all the Office web apps available @ Office.com along with Office storage where you can store and share files...the name for Office storage should be something related to actual storage in an office, but catchy.

LumiaXuser says:

How can you just trademark the phrase "Sky" MS should call it The Cloud or SolarDrive

Wow, what BS.  Did MS even hire good laywers?
How in the hell did anyone have a case that the company called Sky, which is such a generic word anyway, could claim that SkyDrive was confusing. 
What about SkyMall? SkyMiles? or god knows you name your kid Sky. 
Come on Microsoft, you are seriously nuts. Now you'll lose all the branding you've created with the name SkyDrive. Oh, lets just throw away mindshare and millions in advertising. Smart.

Ken Heslip says:

Noooo! Whydrive, mydrive don't liedrive. Byedrive. Highdrive. AeroDrive.

btgusto says:

How about ChiveDrive?  Just kidding.  I would name it Drivesky (Driveskee). 
A brewsky for my Drivesky

wpjoe says:

MetroDrive. That is all.

alllies says:

It will be Microsoft Modern Storage, MS Modern Storage, or MS Most(most modern storage), or just simple "Common Storage" because it's now common.. 

alllies says:

wait...how about "Storage Now"...no..?..

HailMarxism says:

I wonder if Microsoft will sue google?? -  "Sky drive" was released in 2007 and "Drive" in 2012

JoRdaNeK says:

SeaDrive™ :D (hey dude where's all your porn at, its all saved to my SeaDrive™,WHAT!!?? what if your mom logs on and spots that shit!? Chill dude, i said SeaDrive™ not C: Drive you absolute dick for brains)

JoRdaNeK says:

How a conversation might look in 3 years time; Hey iRis™ where ® Wii? iDunno™ where you are, but I'm @home.net

tallgeese says:

Microsoft should rebrand the service WinDrive.

TusharKN says:

How about call it XBox Drive and introduce some syncing features with XBox gaming platform

MicroCloud, anyone?

SMMinke says:

How about "365 Drive"? Let's move toward branding everything in a more consistent manner with platform that's becoming synonymous with the Cloud. There's a home version and several business versions... So where do we save data in those platforms? In our 365 Drive of course! It rhymes, is an established brand, and it rolls off the tongue!

tallgeese says:

Microsoft should rebrand the service as DeepSpace

call it "Drive 365" after "Office 365"
they can also reuse Office 365's tagline "Your complete Storage Solution in the cloud"

cpmcgrath says:

Just call it "Mesh" I'm pretty sure they have the trademark (they own mesh.com). It's simple, short and catchy. The problem before is they added a bunch of crap around it "Windows Live Mesh".
"I uploaded it to the mesh"
"Sync your files to the mesh"

interopbyt says:

Sorry for this, but what the f**k? It was a good name. "Sky" being a trademark... Just bullcrap.

AhmedEltawil says:

I'm actually glad that Microsoft will be changing the brand name. I never really liked the name "SkyDrive". Most people don't even know it exists even though they have a Microsoft account. Maybe they should take a page from Google's books and call it Microsoft Drive.

Fndlumia says:

Oh yeah I forgot the poms own the sky, shame on you MS for using a common English word

jasongw says:

Nothing. They should fight it. Microsoft has promoted SkyDrive for 6 years, spent billions of dollars on it and put it at the center of all their products. Giving up on it is dumb as hell.

How about BlueDrive? (Sky=blue on a perfect day!) Or, just "Azure" sounds way cooler. 

jafosabre says:

Well Xbox seems to work well so how about Xdrive or Xcloud. While we're at it lets change all the names! XPhone, XMail, XPad.

Are you f... Kidding me? In some time we would not use words like apple , blackberry. Etc due to trademark. This is ridiculous. Its sky ... The word sky is a trademark? WTF?

yellowmage says:

And people wonder why I switched to Freesat.


demonp82 says:

One thing I can't get after reading a bunch of comments - how the hell BSkyB wants to use SKY as a trademark?? How does it connects to SkyDrive? Sky is an english word, which has a meaning. Acording to the article, I will have to pay BSkyB for using word sky. This is a huuuge WTF.

franknyarkoh says:

MS should simply name it "MSDrive".

imaginopolis says:

I propose "ceiling". It should be something above the "surface" connecting the devices :P

John20212 says:

Screw SKY TV UK, it is only in the UK so give the Brits a different name, Microsoft has SkyDrive. How about Microsoft sue BSkyB for infringinf the Skype brand?
Damn idiots, another company I will forever despise.

Idzaudin Idz says:

MicrosoftCloud... I'm wondering what microsoft will name it...

Tom Raccoon says:

I would bet for "Xbox Drive", or something like that.

KelvBlue says:

Oh I swear to you
I'll be there for you
This is not a drive by
Just a shy guy looking for a two-ply

matteguil2 says:

how about ZkyDrive or MicrosoftOneDrive?? XD

Rolandh says:

How about renaming SkyDrive to 365Drive or 365 Drive, it would tie in well with the Office 365 brand or even WinDrive 365?

GustavN says:

"Skype" next then....

lovebill says:

SkyDrive only wanted to store all our files. It will always be SkyDrive for me...

The problem is the courts for even allowing there to be a case. This is another awful annoyance that amounts to jack.

Pointless. The problem is the courts. Sad.

jayabarker says:

Hope part of the deal not to appeal will be Sky developing Sky Go. Really don't care about the name change, it will still be my primary cloud storage

jagmeet83 says:


supask8a23 says:

"Microsoft Cloud Storage Cloud Edition 2013" Hahaha Sam that made me laugh lolol

Um, I think I am registering the domain name FUEUDrive.com.   That is exactly what MS needs to tell them  F U E U.
And for the record, I have heard of SKY,  They are famous for lousy satalite security signals that were interceptable allowing people to pirate TV shows and put them on the internet before they aired officially.   I think I was 3 months ahead of the show STARGATE SG1 air dates at one point thanks to Sky   I could go to firends houses and ruin the plots :)

silentgee says:

really, i mean REALLY!!!! next thing you know no supermarket will be able to advertise apples in case of a trademark lawsuit.

ChrisPS3 says:

This is why the UK has become a third-class country.

Khoa Lai says:

I don't get it. In what way do SkyDrive and BSkyB sound or look the same?

Mark Cesari says:

I like some of the suggestions so far, best I can do is "Avenue" which is something you can 'drive' on, fits in with 'Metro' and could also be taken to mean an avenue to your data/files :)

Mark Cesari says:

*triple post removed*

Mark Cesari says:

*triple post removed*

Bitching over the word "Sky" used in the name? Oh, please...

jpburr says:

Maybe they could call it FoxDrive

amohhan says:


machina says:

I still don't get how SkyDrive infringes on the "Sky" trademark by BSkyB...

natecress says:

Probably they will call it Live Drive or Live Cloud to keep with the "Live" brand. Microsoft has more than enough brands to manage currently. SkyDrive is part of Microsoft Live accounts. They could choose to call it something else. There's Xbox branding, but that doesn't make any sense. There's Office branding... ehh... There's Windows...
but Live is already there and makes sense. cloud.live.com

My name is DataSpace, Microsoft DataSpace. What do folks think about that?

SkypeDrive should be the new name.

demonp82 says:

The funniest thing will be to read all these comments AFTER microsoft gets the ne official name for it. WPCentral could give some prize for the winner :)))))

demonp82 says:

I would call it a SpamDrive or MyBarn or DarkShed

Tenorek says:

Second thought, call the service Halo lol. Or Halo drive, or Microsoft Halo. "oh, let me upload that to my Halo!" lol

Bratnikola says:

Dirt Drive. :-)

pewp_taco says:

What happened to Microsoft's balls? They need to start fighting back instead of becoming that company that gets pissed on and takes it.
And I like the suggestions I've seen for "OneDrive."
Or how about "SyncLife"?

freshfelicio says:

One Drive, accessable from anywhere. One Drive, on every device.
One Drive, working with OneNote. OneDrive, accessable from the Xbox One.
One Drive to rule them all.
Please Microsoft, make it happen <3


WinFan1 says:

Microsoft cloud Partition? everyone who works on a computer knows what this means and in most cases its used for backing stuff up. trying to keep sky or live in it makes it difficult.

camu says:

"xDrive" kills it for me.

GDannyboy says:

How about SKYpeDrive. Haha.

GDannyboy says:

SKYpeDrive, SkypeDrive.

GDannyboy says:

SoftDrive. You have a hard drive. You need a soft drive in the cloud.

How in GOD's green earth can a company patent an english language word and claim it as their own. I would think the creator of the English language has a case against BSkyB if he were alive. Maybe we should file a class action lawsuit against BSkyB for stealing a word to themselves that was not theirs to steal in the first place. I would think the english language holds the highest patent on a word and that nobody has any right to tell anyone they can't use a word. What... If I say; 'What a beautiful "Sky" today!" Am I now open to a lawsuit for putting "Sky" into a context and speaking the word without refering to BSkyB? This is absurd and something really needs to be done about these patents. Apple suing Samsung because Apple thinks it has the right to rounded corners? Everyone who makes a trapper keeper or binder lookout because Apple can sue you even though you have been making them since the 70s. You had the original PIM and now Apple thinks you are violating their PIM style. Someone needs to stand up and say flat out... if your patent is absurdly trying to corner a market on a generic look or word it will flat out be denied and thrown out of court. Patents are for inventions and original ideas to protect the person who thought up a legitamate idea from having his idea stolen, not looks or general words in a language. If you invent a new color, OK call it what you want and patent that color great. If you invent a new word never used before by anyone "NarfleGator" then great patent that! If you invent a new shape never before seen or used in the history of mankind, OK patent that, but if it's nothing new or a standard word, your a moron for even filing a patent.
It is stiffling progress if anyone who has an idea is afraid to pursue their dreams out of fear of being sued using a generic word or design.
For me, I love SKYDRIVE. And I will forever refer to Microsofts CLOUD services as SKYDRIVE. So take that BSKYB!

str8nyce says:

Microsoft Outdrive...just like Microsoft Outlook. Outlook will be for e-mail and Outdrive will be for storage.

WNxAshik says:


Now trademark this^