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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Sam Sabri says:

Horatio said it best:

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. "

Literature as well, did not expect it, but a welcome change given the sometimes pathetic comments people write. Well done Sam.

greedypnguin says:

Call it MSKai Drive, If they ask just say it pronounced Kay not kai

bc3tech says:

If they say it's pronounced "Kay" then I think it should be MKai Drive. .... .... #seewhatIdidThere

Higgs Boson says:

As Voltaire once said, "The name of Sky doth swiftly goeth,
nobly under darking mists and crawling dusk...
Yet all of man and beast would knoweth, only whence shall come instagram thus." or something like that.

john_blaze says:

That's one of the funniest comments I've read in long while. Well done good sir.

eXoTaylor says:

What about "Live" they already own it. Its short, simple and easy to remember. Also has brand tie ins.

ajst222 says:

LiveDrive might work maybe but I like SkyDrive better :(

Mr. Tofu says:


ajst222 says:

I like it ;) lol. Ohh or MyDrive

Bartdog says:

idrive is already taken by an online backup company.  I just signed up for them on my home pc.  they're unique because you pay by the size and can back up all your machines under one account. 

Idrive is also take up by BMW

funkyGeneral says:

How about wiiDrive, then?

DennisvdG says:

No then apple would sue us too :P

Bee Mon says:

FingerUpBSkyBDrive :P

trwrt says:

Palm had a device called the LifeDrive, probably don't want to get confused with that.

coip says:

I'm with you: I really liked the name SkyDrive. Of all the cloud storage offerings, I thought it was the best name (it just rolled off the tongue and sounded cool). Can't they just officially call it "Microsoft SkyDrive" and keep the SkyDrive name? Didn't they do something similar with Excel?
That said, it's absurd that the courts ruled against Microsoft here. There is no way anyone was confusing bSkyB's offerings with Microsoft's SkyDrive, and I'm disappointed that Microsoft didn't fight it. I mean, didn't bSkyb try the same bullshit in 2010 against Skype? But the Skype name persists. They could've won this, or, at the very least, kept the name change to the UK only (I know it's not ideal to have different names for different services, but if it were limited to just the UK and they renamed it "Microsoft SkyDrive" only there--somewhat how Google renamed 'gmail' as 'Google Mail' in the UK for some time. Sigh.

Ben Toan says:

In the lawsuit sky claimed they were getting calls to their technical desk asking for help with sky drive as people thought sky were running the service

NIST says:

Yes SKYY vodka called and said they got calls from MADD about their SKYY Driving campaign.

Denashi says:

Microsoft Cloud Drive or MCDrive... no wait...

Acbuono5 says:

No HyperDrive! ...oh wait a minute

Nik Rolls says:

Except that they're trying to get rid of the Live branding too (eg, Live account is now Microsoft account).

Nokia_Lover says:

How abt Cloudrive?

ianberg says:

That's the replacement name the first came to my mind. 
Another suggestion:  C Drive.    

jjfergie says:

How about C:Drive.  I like that!  Good choice.

Rishicash says:

Microsoft Drive-By

lubbalots says:

As Jesse Ventura said, "ain't got no time to bleed."

bkydcmpr says:

SpaceDrive, bigger than the sky.

Mr. Tofu says:

Haha. UniverseDrive

thzman says:

Maybe "LucyInTheSkyDriveWithDiamonds"

Joseph Avena says:

Call it SkIDrive.  What is the world coming to when you can trademark the word Sky.  We have become a bunch of nuts.

Sher Allen says:

well since apple has patented the colors black and white and the shape retangle... its rediculous!

swizzlerz says:

Windows Desktop Cloud Based Storage 8.1 Enterprise Editon

ravi.tandon says:

MAD = Microsoft Azure Drive. Goes with Azure & cloud names.

Rishicash says:


mmyers750 says:

OneDrive - for all your devices

Jaskys says:

It's just horrible, i guess some little chinesse company will demand to change the name "Microsoft" sooner or later aswell.
MS just getting raped.
And BSkyB is probably the dumbest name someone could ever think of.
I never even knew this lil shit company exist.

NightWatch71 says:

Really? You've never heard the SKY. Although I agree this one was totally pointless and idiotic.

thesorehead says:

I've heard of "Sky News", but that's it. But even so, how can you trademark the word "Sky"? That'd be like trademarking the word "Apple"...

Patte22 says:

Or Windows...

Jimmy Jangle says:

This 'lil shit company', as you call it, is one of the world's largest satellite TV operators in the world, also partly owned by the Murdoch empire I may add...

Zeroplanetz says:

Well I don't give a damn who there owned by or how large they are. Its means jack crap to me. Those people are just that. More people. Same reason I call doctors by there name. There just people. I don't care about your or there title. Also I don't see how this was approved because its called SkyDrive. As in one word. Its not known as sky. Surely these companies spending money on these types of things can think of better ways to spend there money.

joshinoyeaH says:

So I'm guessing you call your mother and father by their first name?

ChrisLynch says:

What does that have to do with the discussion here?  SKYDRIVE is one word, not two.  You can't correlate the two.

Nik Rolls says:

Two words, note the capitalisation. No space between them doesn't legally make them one word.

Robert Grant says:

Okay, cool. So what about a huge rebranding campaign, to change it to Skydrive.

Nik Rolls says:

I'm not a trademark lawyer so I don't know if that would work. But if so it would be a big 'in your face' to BSB.

MyThIc3LiTe says:

Yes, I do.
I'm not a child. 
They have a first name, I will use it. Mom and dad don't quite cut it all the time. 

Who doesn't? I'm an army brat and I still say either their first name, or I say mom/dad..

joshinoyeaH says:

Cool and thanks for serving.

NIST says:

Can I get some more fries?

Shouldn't that be "Can I get some more fries MOM?"

they're, their.
And you should give a damn about doctors and other people that put in time and work to earn something. You would if you did as well.

Zeroplanetz says:

I'm glad they worked and hot the knowledge they did. But in the end there still just people. And that makes them no better than I am.

Buelligan says:

So by that logic, you too are no better than a crackhead baby rapist, after all your both just people, right? Sorry but that logic is flawed.

By that logic a doctor cannot be a crackhead baby rapist, because a doctor is above those kinds of flaws regardless of whatever else has happened throughout their life.
Stop valuing people based on their profession and you might meet some of the best people you've ever known.

Zeroplanetz says:

I don't value based on professions. A person should valued on the good deeds they do. Not on what a piece of paper says.

andrewb65 says:

Shouldn't that be 'peace of paper'? Just to maintain continuity hear.

crbjr says:

I sea what u did their.

Whodaboss says:

Oohhhhh! Mind Explosion!  Let's see if he tops that?!  Well said.

Zeroplanetz says:

Your logic is flawed. If the people who aren't crackheads baby rapists and the likes are all better than those said people. I respect them for the people they are and what they have accomplished but just because whoever has a piece of paper means jack crap. If a person from India who is a doctor there moves to the US but can't pass the board of exams, does that mean they are not doctors anymore? Absolutely not. I'm tired of people feeling entitled. I treat people how id like to be treated. For instance if I was the president I wouldn't want to be called Mr. PRESIDENT. Call me by my name.

"If a person from India who is a doctor there moves to the US but can't pass the board of exams, does that mean they are not doctors anymore? Absolutely not."
Not to disagree with your argument about the value of people per se, that is exactly what it means. Until they pass the exam.
I think this concept of valuing people by their profession is typical (not unique) to US as a tradition of the class structure doesn't exist in the extent it perhaps does elsewhere. It doesn't make it right, but comes naturally to people, as people tend to want to be in contact with similar people.
On the other hand, what people do for a living is not completely independent from what kind of people they are. Which comes first is perhaps not so clear. But, it also isn't the whole picture.
And my pennies worth: CloudDrive.
And later, as people talk about The Cloud, Microsoft comes immediately in mind. Result!

akar33 says:

Yes. It does make them better than you. Because they have knowledge you, apparently, lack. Learn to give respect to people who put in a lot of hard work. They are useful to the society, not "just" people.

wpguy says:

So, when I work in 20-hour days to ensure the project is done by the deadline, because I happen to have knowledge and experience required for the task, that makes me automatically better than everyone else working the normal 8-9. Hmm. I'll try to not let it go to my head. Oh, BTW, my team's projects enable doctors to do what they do best from day to day. We'll try to not let that go to our heads either.

akar33 says:

You should be proud of that.

crbjr says:

Learn the difference between there, their, and they're, as well as your and you're.

RayWP7 says:

Agrees. I might just maybe understand if the product were called Sky Drive. But I dont agree that SkyDrive would do harm or dilute brand or apparently call-nanny-boo-boo to BSkyB. Of course, this ruling came out of EU and I don't pretend to understand how they come up with laws let alone the framework with which they decide cases. Silly indeed!

ChrisLynch says:

Couldn't agree more!

Caikems says:

Their*, their*, they're*, their*, and their*.

Zeroplanetz says:

Lol. First world problems I see. Oh well im not writing an exam paper. It is what it is.

crbjr says:

"It" is proper English. It doesn't matter if you're writing a paper or not. There is a very distinct difference in those words that people should use when they're conversing in the written fashion with their colleagues and peers.


jfmanzo says:

Wow, you actually managed to misspell both "their" and "they're" in one post. Bravo.

Zeroplanetz says:

If that's towards me. I don't really care. The English language is a mess anyways. Besides who am I trying to impress? No one. Oh yea that's right.

Nik Rolls says:

The English language is a mess because of people like you not caring about it. It actually has very well defined rules, hence why we can point out that you're doing it wrong.

Mark Richey says:

"Beside who am I trying to impress? No one."
No one here is impressed, so you have succeeded. "They're you have it!"


Jaskys says:

How come it isn't avaible in my country then? You call it biggest?
I heard about skydrive but where's this BSKYB crap?

Eas195 says:

Yeah, on my country 'BSkyB' isn't even recognized. I've been heard of it just when I saw this article.

akar33 says:

Have you never heard of the Sky TV channels? But even if YOU haven't, it doesnt mean that it's an unknown company. 

Kellzea says:

Stands for British Sky Broadcasting. Its owned by Rupert merdoc and is a bag of shite. Rip off service, money grabbing bastards and they are constantly in the courts trolling the shit out of people and other companies. Branson is the only person whose won one against them.

wpguy says:

*who's. "Whose" is only used to show possessive.

Sorry, the there/their/they're police are probably after me for some obscure post I made last month. I'm only using you to divert their attention to you, long enough for me to make my escape.

ben thomas3 says:

BskyB operates under the name sky, it's called that in UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Australia and more, it's owned by fox/news international (Rupert murdoch) and is a big brand, the biggest pay tv/Internet and broadband in the UK, so I can kind of understand the problem.

boxa72 says:

Murdoch's a tool masquerading as n Aussie!!!

MeWhoElse says:

Born here, created his empire here, then gave up his Australian citizenship as at the time dual US citizenship was not allowed... so no longer an Aussie... Lachlan and Sarah are the only Aussie family members these days from memory.
Reminds me of Russel Crowe, born a Kiwi, lives in Australia, yet never a citizen (never here long enough to meet the requirements for citizenship) of Australia... Aussies that aren't exactly Aussies.

Vistaus says:

Yeah right. Microsoft is a gigantic company for how long now? If anyone wanted to sue MS for the MS name then they would've done so many years ago.

Jaskys says:

Are you sure about that? SkyDrive is old too but you see what's going on.

ymcpa says:

If you don't defend your trademarks and copyrights, you lose them. We don't know how long Sky and Microsoft have been litigating this.

Cleavitt76 says:

Yeah, but you don't have to win, you just have to make an effort to defend them. 

TechnoTim says:

I'm going the trademark "the"

Eas195 says:

Gonna trademark the 'trademark'.

Only if I can trademark the "t" in "the"...now you can't use "the" anymore, it's to close to "t" lol jk.

They're only one of the largest TV broadcasters in the UK, with subsidiaries all over Europe.
It's like saying, 'who's Fox/NBC/CBS--- never heard of these little crap companies?'

RyanDaLyon says:

Haha. They're so big, but suing (trolling companies)

Chazz says:

And if that person lived in a place where fox,NBC,CBS is unheard of then they'd be in the right. Lets bash him because we know something he doesn't!!!

lubbalots says:

No name out there is safe. Nobody is safe from anything or anyone anymore, not even the US government.

jmikla says:

Who cares? You people fight about the stupidest shit.

HarkAtYou says:

To be fair SKY do have lots of services which start with SKY, K
SkyDemand, SkyGo, SkyAnytime, SkyBroadband, SkyCalls, SKY3D, SkyInteractive, not to mention all of their own channels are called, SkyOne, SkyTwo, SkyAtlantic, SkyNews, SkyMovies 1-12, SkySports (one of the worlds biggest sports networks), SkyLiving, etc etc etc. So you can understand where some stupid people might get confused if they aren't techsavvy.. Especially if they have SkyBroadband, and use the SkyNews app (which is available on WP8 and Windows8, its actually quite good and includes live channel feed, although for some reason it doesn't filter by tech news on the wp8 app...)

Rubios says:

You cannot be mad, please don't be mad...

rahul4aug says:

name it XBoxDrive now..

No it's annoying naming everything after their console.

Eas195 says:

Call it XDrive.

sixium says:

XDrive would infringe on BMW's trademarks.

akar33 says:

It's so difficult to name anything nowadays without infringing on someone else's trademark. We need to start naming things in gibberish now.

lubbalots says:

How about name it gibberish. So when people ask you how much storage you got in your cloud? you say, I got 10gigs in my gibberish. In no way this word is patent by anyone.

MikeInOhio says:

"I got 10gigs in my gibberish"
ha ha ha - love it

swingmanryan says:

I laughed more than I sould have
+ over 9000

Nik Rolls says:

Case in point: 99% of Open Source software ...

MyThIc3LiTe says:

No it wouldn't. Completely different usage so it would be allowed.

Nik Rolls says:

SkyDrive is a completely different usage from Sky TV, so ...

MadSci2 says:

Please no. If you're over 23 you don't want to name everything after a Game Console.  And how many Companies want to tell their Employees to use anything with an XBox in the name.
I hope they don't change it, except for regional branding in the UK.  The UK has somepretty odd views on Intellectual Property but they can't stop MS from calling it SkyDrive when ever they interact with non-UK Customers.
Let the Wankers call it "Fish and chips in the sky" for all I care.

adrock107 says:

...so that Drop Box can sue them.

Eas195 says:

Okay, I have an idea. Why don't change it into something named in Klingon language?

Nik Rolls says:

+1 Best suggestion so far.

Forc3 says:

Microsoft SkyDrive

sholokov says:

Or just Microsoft Drive

Eas195 says:

Microsoft DriveBox maybe?

Nik Rolls says:

I think this is probably what it will become. Keeps the Microsoft branding, and makes it instantly recognizable to people coming from Android.

Just wait for the Android fanboys to complain that Microsoft copied Google ...

NIST says:

Just name it after a cloud type, cumulus, stratus.....or better yet call it Genus, with the different cloud types being a different type of network configuration.

Sher Allen says:

+1 I didnt see this post before I posted but I said the same thing, i personally like Nimbus!

villa30 says:

I like stratus  cumulus i had thought of and like, but stratus is even better. short and to the point.

@Stapleton AzureDrive... Now, that sounds a cool sounding replacement

coip says:

Azure is a cool looking name, but 95% of the public have no idea how to pronouce it and no one would see it and intuitively think, "oh, cloud based storage", unlike SkyDrive which rolled off the tongue and seemingly shouted out "I'm cloud based storage!". I realize Microsoft uses this name for businesses already, but I just don' think it's as good as SkyDrive was. Can't they juse call it "Microsoft SkyDrive" or "Windows SkyDrive" and appease the courts that way?

Eas195 says:

Just pronounce æðjur, CMIIW.

cruelvaldez says:

That sounds cool

AngryNil says:

Windows Azure Consumer Cloud Storage Services

eddieDOTexe says:

Oh its possible. Remember when WP7 was first announced it was named "Windows Phone 7 Series"

MrSimmix says:

I don't think it is going to catch on...

cannon#WP says:

Your suggestion seems like it would have the highest propability of being the official name.

Yakko Warner says:

That suggestion is WACC.

cgold1 says:

If past examples are anything to go by (remember metro) the name will change to "windows 8 cloud storage service."

sholokov says:

I thought Metro eventually never changed!

Nik Rolls says:

It became Windows 8 Modern UI or some such.

coldside says:

I really thought SkyDrive was a great name for the service. Now if they rename it to something with Drive in it again, then people will say Microsoft copied Google Drive. Heh.

Forc3 says:

No actually Google copied Microsoft with "Drive" xD

ymcpa says:

No, actually the word Drive has been associated with storage for decades now.

Eas195 says:

^THIS. If Google sued MSFT for the "Drive" word, I'm sure they'll get sued by the HDD companies for the same word, too.

Elton Jothi says:

Oh noes, i <3'd the name SkyDrive...... Must be GroundDrive now :(

wpguy says:

Microdrive (MD) is a brand name for a miniature, 1-inch hard disk designed to fit in a CompactFlash (CF) Type II slot.

muderko says:

Darn it! I was lazy to google, ooooops sorry, to bing it!

WPSteve says:

Metro- ...oh, wait.

Rubenidas says:

Lmao! Good one..

coolnesh says:

Then you are gonna get the likes of TomTom or Garmin or such going after MSFT. 

pr0phecy says:

That's patented by gangsters I'm affraid.

R0bR says:

Delta better watch out, they're going to have to rename SkyMiles. Oh no wait, this kind of BS only applies to Microsoft.

sholokov says:

Wonder how that escaped their minds

Kellzea says:

Delta would be immune as bskyb is a British company ran by an Australian. Your American courts would tell him to fuck off

Bob Shiska says:

Umm...So how did that not apply to MSFT? Delta flies international.

akar33 says:

Microsoft is always in the receiving end of all this bullcrap from everywhere. Why doesn't anyone ever sue other companies?

Nik Rolls says:

Because if you're going to put the effort into suing someone, sue the one with the most money.

akar33 says:

Apple bundles Safari with MacOS/iPhone. Why don't they get sued? Google bundles Chrome with Android. What about that? Microsoft bundles IE with Windows/WP and everyone loses their minds. Fcuk justice.

How do we know that *that* isn't on-going litigation as well? Could also have been settled out of court for a sum of money.

EvansRW80 says:

X-Drive or X-Cloud probably make the most sense given the Xbox Music/Xbox One branding

xDrive is a BMW brand afaik

TechnoTim says:

And xdrive was a real cloud storage service way back in the 90s

OldMillXxX says:

How about XDrive?  Xbox is absorbing more and more anyway...

AccentAE86 says:

BMW already uses X-Drive

Niavlys77 says:

Microsoft Cumulonimbus

mpt15 says:

That's kind of cool

sabrekane says:

+1 This ones my favorite. :)

simphf says:

That's what I was thinking.

Rubenidas says:

lol i thought of this too haha.. great minds think alike

akar33 says:

Now say that quickly 10 times.