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Microsoft to Change 'SkyDrive' Name Following UK Lawsuit

By - Source: via The Verge | B 23 comments

Microsoft hasn't offered any information on what the new name might be.

Earlier this month, UK satellite company BSkyB (commonly known as Sky) won a trademark infringement suit against Microsoft. The suit related to Redmond's use of the term 'SkyDrive' in the European Union. Sky claimed that Microsoft's use of 'Sky Drive' in all forms relating to cloud storage services amounted to an infringement of BSkyB's trademarks because BSkyB used to have its own cloud storage service dubbed 'Sky Store & Share.' The service allowed users to upload documents, files and photos for storage or sharing with others and was wound down in 2011. Still, Sky was worried people would be confused by Microsoft's SkyDrive offering and the courts agreed. At the time, Microsoft said it planned to appeal the ruling, though it seems the company will have to change the SkyDrive name after all.

The Verge reports that in a settlement issued on Wednesday, BSkyB notes that Microsoft will not appeal the court ruling. Not only that, but Microsoft will have to find a new name for 'SkyDrive.' BSkyB has given Microsoft permission to continue using the 'SkyDrive' brand until it can find and transition to a new name but financial terms of the agreement were not made public.

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    Jonathan Barndt , August 1, 2013 6:07 AM
    4real? , now this one is pathetic. I see no connection what so ever. MS should stand its ground with SKY DRIVE. Piss on that Britt.
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    back_by_demand , August 1, 2013 6:16 AM
    Sky is owned by fatheaded Australian Rupert Murdoch, who runs News Corp, who incidentally also own Fox - headquarters in New York - so wind your neck in before you make yourself look stupid
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    back_by_demand , August 1, 2013 6:19 AM
    I do of course have a suggestion, re-use the SharePoint brand - SharePoint Pro for business use and SharePoint for everyone else
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    heero yuy , August 1, 2013 6:20 AM
    actually bskyb is not entirely owned by Murdoch
    I believe just before the phone hacking stuff went down he was trying to aqquire all of it but the competition commission (or something) kept saying no
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    heero yuy , August 1, 2013 6:21 AM
    actually bskyb is not entirely owned by Murdoch
    I believe just before the phone hacking stuff went down he was trying to aquire all of it but the competition commission (or something) kept saying no
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    rwinches , August 1, 2013 6:24 AM
    Used to have...
    Might get confused? with something that doesn't exist?
    No copyright?
    I guess the payment was less than legal fees.
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    back_by_demand , August 1, 2013 6:26 AM
    39% and is a controlling interest, he has his dirty fingers in lots of pies and scandal follows him everywhere he goes
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    scythe944 , August 1, 2013 7:04 AM
    MS CloudDrive. $20 bucks says that's the new name.
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    AzureFlash , August 1, 2013 7:21 AM
    Great, now's the time to perpetuate their insufferable "Live" naming scheme and call it "LiveDrive".
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    rpgplayer , August 1, 2013 7:39 AM
    Please tell me they are gonna rename it hahahahaha
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    back_by_demand , August 1, 2013 7:40 AM
    Scythe, CloudDrive has been done by Amazon
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    back_by_demand , August 1, 2013 8:06 AM
    If MS are smart, and they can be sometimes, they could buy Dropbox for a snip over $4billion and in one stroke sweep away the name problem and create a virtual monopoly of cloud storage
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    DRosencraft , August 1, 2013 8:11 AM
    This is so pathetic I don't even know where to begin. As for a new name, I know they've been trying to wind down on the whole "Live" thing, so I presume they won't use that. They'll probably use something simple and straight forward like "Microsoft Drive". That's probably safest - don't need to shoot themselves in the foot by going overboard trying to manufacture an overly complex name.
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    fyend , August 1, 2013 8:14 AM
    Murdoch, the same guy who has the money and power to make the british PM come to him instead of him coming to the PM.
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    pjmelect , August 1, 2013 8:18 AM
    Murdoch is actually now a American citizen.
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    back_by_demand , August 1, 2013 8:33 AM
    Only took citizenship to get round laws on media ownership, he is as bent as a $9 bill
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    digiex , August 1, 2013 8:38 AM
    They should have named it M$ drive like Google drive.

    This is where Google got it right, they just name majority their product Google + "product" or G + "product". It also promote better identity to the owner.

    I think M$ managers really don't line Microsoft name, because it is already "micro" and also "soft" at the same time, it's kinda turn off...
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    back_by_demand , August 1, 2013 8:39 AM
    In light of the XB1 they could push the "one" brand, OneDrive? They would have little problem with previous ownership seeing as it looks to be with a driving instructor. The first whiff of money and it is theirs.
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    JPNpower , August 1, 2013 10:26 AM
    They did buy skype so they might as well buy dropbox too
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    Elevory , August 1, 2013 1:50 PM
    What the hell? Seriously?
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