Microsoft launches OneDrive, complete with new features

By on February 19, 2014, 7:15 AM
microsoft, cloud, skydrive, onedrive

Last month, Microsoft announced that it would rename SkyDrive to OneDrive, after it lost a trademark battle with British Sky Broadcasting Group over the "Sky" name. Today, the rebrand has gone live, along with a number of new features that will please both old and new users.

Like was the case with SkyDrive, all users get 7 GB of free storage by default. With the rebranding though, there are several new ways to get more free OneDrive storage, one of which is through referring friends to the service. Up to 5 GB of free storage is on offer through referrals: 500 MB for each of the 10 people you can refer.

Another 3 GB of free storage is available for anyone who enables the automatic camera uploads feature of the OneDrive mobile app. In total, another 8 GB of free storage is up for grabs through various methods, bringing the maximum free storage amount up to 15 GB. To gain more OneDrive storage you can now pay for it on a monthly basis, complementing the existing yearly payment scheme. 

Microsoft has updated all of their mobile applications, as well as the Windows 8, Windows Vista, Mac and Xbox apps, to reflect the change in branding and you can download them all here. Most apps are functionally and visually identical to their predecessors, although the Android app has received the ability to automatically upload camera photos, like what is already available in iOS and Windows Phone.

Windows 8.1 and Office 2013 will be updated at some stage in the future to switch over all SkyDrive references to OneDrive, but for now the in-built features will continue to work. The web version will also be updated to go along with a new OneDrive landing page, which currently points to the old SkyDrive domain once you sign in.

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