The difference between Microsoft’s OneDrive & SkyDrive

by our Microsoft specialist

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GoMo News noticed the obvious discrepancy here between the branding Nokia is using with its latest X range over cloud storage and existing branding. We asked our resident Microsoft specialist, Rajveer Rathore, which was correct? SkyDrive or OneDrive? His answer was … Microsoft  rebranded cloud storage services (available for Windows Phone, iOS and Android users) as OneDrive as of 19th February, 2014. The company was forced to do so as it lost a trademark battle over the name ‘Sky’ with the British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB).

Existing SkyDrive users don’t have to worry about anything with SkyDrive is being upgraded to OneDrive.

Indeed it introduces some additional features that users will surely love.

OneDrive is nothing but a replacement of its old cloud storage services SkyDrive with some interesting new features.

These will make it easy for the end-users to share videos – much  like the way they can share photos already.

OneDrive will be one place for the users to share photos, videos and tons of other documents across multiple devices.

For existing users of SkyDrive,  the transition from SkyDrive to OneDrive will be seamless.

OneDrive is designed to compete with rival cloud storage services such as Google’s Drive, Apple’s iCloud and Dropbox.

To entice users to join new and reformed version of SkyDrive, Microsoft has introduced some powerful new features.

Let’s take a look at those features in more detail: -

More free storage - Microsoft has tried to serve the chief purpose of cloud storage with this rebranded version. Like any other cloud storage services, OneDrive brings more free storage for consumers to use. For example, if a user refers friends or family members to OneDrive, he or she can get additional storage of 500MB for each referral. Consumers can get up to 5GB of free storage this way. It’s also add even more free storage (3GB), by enabling auto backup the photos from the camera.  So overall, users can get additional 8GB storage on top of the default 7GB free storage.

Leverage from real time collaboration – OneDrive integrates the same usage as SkyDrive, but with  a real-time collaboration feature. Previously, users were able to share and edit documents with different people, but were unable to do it simultaneously. OneDrive enables real-time collaboration.

More powerful and seamless video sharing capabilities – Video sharing wasn’t feasible with SkyDrive, but Microsoft has resolved the problem in OneDrive. If someone wishes to see the video you’re sharing on OneDrive, it will detect the speed of the connection and encode the video. This will be based on speed – such as a low-quality video for those who are having slow connection and higher-quality videos for 3G or faster connections.

New app for the Windows Phone users – Those with a Windows Phone  (WP8) handset are welcomed this new cloud storage service in the form of an app. It adds a ton of exciting new features.

One of the major highlights of the  launch was cross-platform compatibility.

Microsoft has created clients for all the latest versions of Windows; Windows Phone; Office and Xbox.

Plus those using Android, iOS devices like  theiPad/iPhone or a Mac are covered. And, as we know know, those with the latest Nokia X Android Project (AOSP) devices.

Indeed, OneDrive caters to both businesses and consumers with its ability to store, sync and share files across multiple devices with both ease and security.

As a part of re-branding exercise, Microsoft is even offering an additional 100GB of free storage for a year to the first 100,000 people who access OneDrive after its launch.

About Rajveer Singh Rathore

Rajveer Singh Rathore is a Microsoft consultant working with who worked in enterprise IT services and solutions provider. He is a blogger, a reader and a social media enthusiast who loves to observe and share insights about Microsoft technologies. To know more about him, follow him on Twitter @hearthackersss.
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