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Microsoft forced to rename SkyDrive as OneDrive by UK court

Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud service will soon be known as OneDrive after Redmond lost a trademark case against the UK's British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB).

"We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future," Ryan Gavin, general manager of consumer apps and services, said in a blog post.

Current SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro users will see no change; the service will operate normally, just under the new name — OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

Gavin said the new OneDrive will be available "soon," but did not specify when the updated moniker will roll out. Interested users can sign up online to find out when the improved service hits the cloud.

"One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use," Gavin wrote. "You want OneDrive for everything in your life."

In July, Microsoft agreed to rebrand its SkyDrive division following a decision by the English High Court, which found Redmond guilty of infringing on BSkyB's trademark. The tech giant initially planned to appeal, but reconsidered.

The SkyDrive name dates back to 2007, when Microsoft opened a beta test of Windows Live SkyDrive — previously known as Windows Live Folders. It launched the next year, offering 5GB of free storage, which was later boosted to 7GB.

Redmond has since introduced the service for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android users, and as a standalone app for Xbox 360; a number of improvements were included in the new Windows 8.1 version, as well.

This isn't Microsoft's first name change, though: In 2012, it dropped the "Metro" title from Windows 8 due to a trademark challenge from Germany-based Metro AG. Hotmail last year was also rolled into