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Former SkyDrive users can get access with the same user credentials

Microsoft was forced to find a new name for its SkyDrive cloud storage service after it lost a court fight against Sky Broadcasting over the name. Microsoft settled on OneDrive as the new name for the service and has now announced that it is available for users to check out.
Those who were users of SkyDrive don’t need to do anything to take advantage of OneDrive. The files they had stored with SkyDrive are already available in OneDrive when users login with their existing credentials.
Microsoft is offering new OneDrive users 7GB of free storage. If that isn't enough storage, users can buy more with 50GB, 100GB, and 200GB increments available. Customers using the free storage option can increase their allotment if they refer friends (up to an additional 5GB in 500MB increments).

OneDrive also has a camera backup feature that automatically archives images taken with compatible smartphones. Anyone who enables that auto backup feature will get another 3GB of free storage space.
And if that isn’t enough, Microsoft is also offering a special promotion to net you even more storage space:
To celebrate the official launch of OneDrive, today we will also give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year. That’s 10 PB of free storage—enough storage space for a photo of everyone on the planet. If you want to be one of those 100,000, keep an eye on @OneDrive for clues.
SkyDrive Pro is now known as OneDrive for Business. Specs and pricing details for the new business offering will be announced next month at the 2014 SharePoint Conference.

Source: Microsoft

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Where are my GBs, MS?
By nikon133 on 2/19/2014 3:11:49 PM , Rating: 2
Not completely related, but good place to vent a bit.

I was early adopter of and original SkyDrive, and as result had 25GB of free space... only to find that recently MS has reduced it to 7GB.

If I remember correctly, story was that early users will keep their 25GB while new ones will get 7GB. MS backtracked later on that only users who were using significant amount of their storage will keep 25GB, while others will be reduced regardless of when they started using service.

Granted I wasn't heavy user of SkyDrive before... but end of last year, I moved to Windows tablet and Windows Phone and was planning to put those 25GB in good use - only to learn I don't have them any more.

A bit of a letdown.

As a result, I moved all my existing galleries to FB and Flickr, and keep SkyDrive only to sync documents, books... between devices.

So, gee, thanks, Microsoft... /s

RE: Where are my GBs, MS?
By inighthawki on 2/19/2014 3:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
If I remember correctly, story was that early users will keep their 25GB while new ones will get 7GB.

No, when they cut the limit to 7GB, they offered a promotion to existing users to opt-in to keep the 25GB limit. Effectively heavy users knew about it and signed up to keep the 25GB. Other users got cut to 7GB. There was a several month period were you simply had to click a link to keep it all. Seems you did not.

RE: Where are my GBs, MS?
By nikon133 on 2/19/2014 11:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for reminding me... I actually did sign, but I had less than 1GB of data on SkyDrive at the time; looks like this weighed more.

RE: Where are my GBs, MS?
By CloudExpert on 2/20/2014 3:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
Disappointed by MS.

Try Copy ( which offers 15GB on joining up and 5GB bonus for each referral. You can easily build 100Gb for life with the referral program and even Tb.

It is available on ios, android and windows desktop and it is planning to allow WebDAV which would enable you to map it as a network drive.

RE: Where are my GBs, MS?
By zero_sum on 2/26/2014 8:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
Me too. MS is a bit behind when it comes to the size limits. Even if you annoy 10 people into signing up, you still only get 15 GB of space. Barely enough to upload two HD movies. And then they can block your account whenever they feel like it, just like they did to that german photographer who lost all of his work, because MS thought that pictures looked suspicious...

There are other drives that offer just as much (or more). And if you need to share something with someone, it's much better to simply use Filemail - 30GB for free, fast, private, no registration needed.

MS is lagging behind.

By p05esto on 2/19/2014 11:48:43 AM , Rating: 2
I can't believe MS lost that court battle. What does SkyDrive have to do with Sky Broadcasting? What a bunch of BS our legal system is. Seriously. SkyDrive had cloud meaning and was a great name... OneDrive is terrible, just like Xbox One is soooooo pretentious and horrid. Xbox 720 would have been "cool" to the hardcores (which is all that matters). If you win the hardcore gamers and power users on the computer you will win all the lightweights....they follow like sheep (as they should, they look to those who really know). MS makes a lot of mistakes, I root for them.... but I shake my head that's for sure.

RE: what
By amanojaku on 2/19/14, Rating: 0
RE: what
By Reclaimer77 on 2/19/2014 5:45:48 PM , Rating: 1

Free storage
By Beefmeister on 2/19/2014 2:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
I grabbed the 100Gb free storage. Yay! Then I realised it is only valid for a year. Boo!

woo hoo
By SteelRing on 2/19/2014 2:19:07 PM , Rating: 2
OneDrive bonus 100 GB Valid through: 2/19/2015

not sure if i'm gonna need it, but free is free i guess.

By BZDTemp on 2/20/2014 5:57:55 AM , Rating: 2
There is a webhosting company named and guess what - they are not happy. Among other things offers a cloud drive, so them winning a case against Microsoft should be a sure thing.

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