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Microsoft SkyDrive becomes OneDrive after EU trademark scrap

The OneDrive branding looks a lot like SkyDrive's.Microsoft

Users of Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service might be surprised to hear that they will soon be users of OneDrive instead, after the original name went afoul of British broadcast company Sky's trademark.

In 2011, Sky objected to Microsoft using the name SkyDrive in the European Union, where the name Sky is a highly recognizable brand — similar to "Time Warner" here in the United States, for instance. It wasn't until 2013 that a British court decided in Sky's favor. 

Microsoft was given "a reasonable period of time" to transition to a new name — possibly six months, as it has been almost exactly that amount of time since the decision.

Evidently the software giant decided on OneDrive, which dovetails nicely with the new Xbox One console. Microsoft confirmed in an email that no other features are being announced at the moment, though the service's preview page suggests it will be "even better."

There's no exact timing on when the old name will officially give way to the new one, only "soon." You can sign up for an email list here that will let you know, or just keep an eye on the OneDrive blog.

Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is