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So long SkyDrive, Microsoft required to change name after trademark dispute

SkyDrive, most of you use it daily and love it. It’s the cloud service from Microsoft that offers storage to your files anywhere and anyhow. If you’re using Windows 8 or Windows Phone it’s also the service that backs up a lot of your settings to create a coherent experience. Unfortunately, you won’t be calling it SkyDrive for much longer.

Over in the UK, a court has ruled against Microsoft in a trademark infringement case. British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) claimed that SkyDrive infringed on the “Sky” trademark. Microsoft will not be appealing the court’s decision and BSkyB will allow them to continue to use SkyDrive for a period as they transition to a new brand.

So long SkyDrive, it was fun while it lasted. Before you guys and gals shed a tear, the service itself won’t be going away, just the name.

What do you think Microsoft should rename SkyDrive? As long as it’s not something like Microsoft Cloud Storage Cloud Edition 2013 we’ll be good.

Source: The Verge

  • Horatio said it best:
    "Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. "
  • Literature as well, did not expect it, but a welcome change given the sometimes pathetic comments people write. Well done Sam.
  • +9001
  • Call it MSKai Drive, If they ask just say it pronounced Kay not kai
  • If they say it's pronounced "Kay" then I think it should be MKai Drive. .... .... #seewhatIdidThere
  • As Voltaire once said, "The name of Sky doth swiftly goeth,
    nobly under darking mists and crawling dusk...
    Yet all of man and beast would knoweth, only whence shall come instagram thus." or something like that.
  • LOL
  • That's one of the funniest comments I've read in long while. Well done good sir.
  • +a million
  • +infinity
  • +xfinity
  • What about "Live" they already own it. Its short, simple and easy to remember. Also has brand tie ins.
  • LiveDrive might work maybe but I like SkyDrive better :(
  • PieInTheSkyDrive
  • I like it ;) lol. Ohh or MyDrive
  • IDrive?
  • idrive is already taken by an online backup company.  I just signed up for them on my home pc.  they're unique because you pay by the size and can back up all your machines under one account. 
  • Idrive is also take up by BMW
  • How about wiiDrive, then?
  • WiiUDrive
  • No then apple would sue us too :P
  • MiDrive
  • FingerUpBSkyBDrive :P
  • Palm had a device called the LifeDrive, probably don't want to get confused with that.
  • I'm with you: I really liked the name SkyDrive. Of all the cloud storage offerings, I thought it was the best name (it just rolled off the tongue and sounded cool). Can't they just officially call it "Microsoft SkyDrive" and keep the SkyDrive name? Didn't they do something similar with Excel?
    That said, it's absurd that the courts ruled against Microsoft here. There is no way anyone was confusing bSkyB's offerings with Microsoft's SkyDrive, and I'm disappointed that Microsoft didn't fight it. I mean, didn't bSkyb try the same bullshit in 2010 against Skype? But the Skype name persists. They could've won this, or, at the very least, kept the name change to the UK only (I know it's not ideal to have different names for different services, but if it were limited to just the UK and they renamed it "Microsoft SkyDrive" only there--somewhat how Google renamed 'gmail' as 'Google Mail' in the UK for some time. Sigh.
  • In the lawsuit sky claimed they were getting calls to their technical desk asking for help with sky drive as people thought sky were running the service
  • Yes SKYY vodka called and said they got calls from MADD about their SKYY Driving campaign.
  • Microsoft Cloud Drive or MCDrive... no wait...
  • No HyperDrive! ...oh wait a minute
  • SexDrive
  • Except that they're trying to get rid of the Live branding too (eg, Live account is now Microsoft account).
  • How abt Cloudrive?
  • That's the replacement name the first came to my mind. 
    Another suggestion:  C Drive.    
  • How about C:Drive.  I like that!  Good choice.
  • Microsoft Drive-By
  • As Jesse Ventura said, "ain't got no time to bleed."
  • SpaceDrive, bigger than the sky.
  • Haha. UniverseDrive
  • Maybe "LucyInTheSkyDriveWithDiamonds"
  • +920 =D
  • +1
  • Call it SkIDrive.  What is the world coming to when you can trademark the word Sky.  We have become a bunch of nuts.
  • +25GB
  • well since apple has patented the colors black and white and the shape retangle... its rediculous!
  • ridiculous
  • Windows Desktop Cloud Based Storage 8.1 Enterprise Editon
  • PieDrive
  • MAD = Microsoft Azure Drive. Goes with Azure & cloud names.
  • MADTvDrive
  • Pie-in-the-SkyDrive
  • OneDrive - for all your devices
  • Well said!
  • It's just horrible, i guess some little chinesse company will demand to change the name "Microsoft" sooner or later aswell.
    MS just getting raped.
    And BSkyB is probably the dumbest name someone could ever think of.
    I never even knew this lil shit company exist.
  • Really? You've never heard the SKY. Although I agree this one was totally pointless and idiotic.
  • I've heard of "Sky News", but that's it. But even so, how can you trademark the word "Sky"? That'd be like trademarking the word "Apple"...
  • Or Windows...
  • This 'lil shit company', as you call it, is one of the world's largest satellite TV operators in the world, also partly owned by the Murdoch empire I may add...
  • Lol owned
  • Well I don't give a damn who there owned by or how large they are. Its means jack crap to me. Those people are just that. More people. Same reason I call doctors by there name. There just people. I don't care about your or there title. Also I don't see how this was approved because its called SkyDrive. As in one word. Its not known as sky. Surely these companies spending money on these types of things can think of better ways to spend there money.
  • So I'm guessing you call your mother and father by their first name?
  • Sometimes yea.
  • Nice.
  • What does that have to do with the discussion here?  SKYDRIVE is one word, not two.  You can't correlate the two.
  • Two words, note the capitalisation. No space between them doesn't legally make them one word.
  • Okay, cool. So what about a huge rebranding campaign, to change it to Skydrive.
  • I'm not a trademark lawyer so I don't know if that would work. But if so it would be a big 'in your face' to BSB.
  • Yes, I do.
    I'm not a child. 
    They have a first name, I will use it. Mom and dad don't quite cut it all the time. 
  • Who doesn't? I'm an army brat and I still say either their first name, or I say mom/dad..
  • Cool and thanks for serving.
  • Can I get some more fries?
  • Hmm?
  • Shouldn't that be "Can I get some more fries MOM?"
  • they're, their.
    And you should give a damn about doctors and other people that put in time and work to earn something. You would if you did as well.
  • I'm glad they worked and hot the knowledge they did. But in the end there still just people. And that makes them no better than I am.
  • So by that logic, you too are no better than a crackhead baby rapist, after all your both just people, right? Sorry but that logic is flawed.
  • By that logic a doctor cannot be a crackhead baby rapist, because a doctor is above those kinds of flaws regardless of whatever else has happened throughout their life.
    Stop valuing people based on their profession and you might meet some of the best people you've ever known.
  • I don't value based on professions. A person should valued on the good deeds they do. Not on what a piece of paper says.
  • Shouldn't that be 'peace of paper'? Just to maintain continuity hear.
  • I sea what u did their.
  • Oohhhhh! Mind Explosion!  Let's see if he tops that?!  Well said.
  • Your logic is flawed. If the people who aren't crackheads baby rapists and the likes are all better than those said people. I respect them for the people they are and what they have accomplished but just because whoever has a piece of paper means jack crap. If a person from India who is a doctor there moves to the US but can't pass the board of exams, does that mean they are not doctors anymore? Absolutely not. I'm tired of people feeling entitled. I treat people how id like to be treated. For instance if I was the president I wouldn't want to be called Mr. PRESIDENT. Call me by my name.
  • "If a person from India who is a doctor there moves to the US but can't pass the board of exams, does that mean they are not doctors anymore? Absolutely not."
    Not to disagree with your argument about the value of people per se, that is exactly what it means. Until they pass the exam.
    I think this concept of valuing people by their profession is typical (not unique) to US as a tradition of the class structure doesn't exist in the extent it perhaps does elsewhere. It doesn't make it right, but comes naturally to people, as people tend to want to be in contact with similar people.
    On the other hand, what people do for a living is not completely independent from what kind of people they are. Which comes first is perhaps not so clear. But, it also isn't the whole picture.
    And my pennies worth: CloudDrive.
    And later, as people talk about The Cloud, Microsoft comes immediately in mind. Result!
  • Yes. It does make them better than you. Because they have knowledge you, apparently, lack. Learn to give respect to people who put in a lot of hard work. They are useful to the society, not "just" people.
  • So, when I work in 20-hour days to ensure the project is done by the deadline, because I happen to have knowledge and experience required for the task, that makes me automatically better than everyone else working the normal 8-9. Hmm. I'll try to not let it go to my head. Oh, BTW, my team's projects enable doctors to do what they do best from day to day. We'll try to not let that go to our heads either.
  • You should be proud of that.
  • Learn the difference between there, their, and they're, as well as your and you're.
  • Agrees. I might just maybe understand if the product were called Sky Drive. But I dont agree that SkyDrive would do harm or dilute brand or apparently call-nanny-boo-boo to BSkyB. Of course, this ruling came out of EU and I don't pretend to understand how they come up with laws let alone the framework with which they decide cases. Silly indeed!
  • Couldn't agree more!
  • Their*, their*, they're*, their*, and their*.
  • Lol. First world problems I see. Oh well im not writing an exam paper. It is what it is.
  • "It" is proper English. It doesn't matter if you're writing a paper or not. There is a very distinct difference in those words that people should use when they're conversing in the written fashion with their colleagues and peers.
  • Wow, you actually managed to misspell both "their" and "they're" in one post. Bravo.
  • If that's towards me. I don't really care. The English language is a mess anyways. Besides who am I trying to impress? No one. Oh yea that's right.
  • The English language is a mess because of people like you not caring about it. It actually has very well defined rules, hence why we can point out that you're doing it wrong.
  • "Beside who am I trying to impress? No one."
    No one here is impressed, so you have succeeded. "They're you have it!"  
  • How come it isn't avaible in my country then? You call it biggest?
    I heard about skydrive but where's this BSKYB crap?
  • Yeah, on my country 'BSkyB' isn't even recognized. I've been heard of it just when I saw this article.
  • Have you never heard of the Sky TV channels? But even if YOU haven't, it doesnt mean that it's an unknown company. 
  • Stands for British Sky Broadcasting. Its owned by Rupert merdoc and is a bag of shite. Rip off service, money grabbing bastards and they are constantly in the courts trolling the shit out of people and other companies. Branson is the only person whose won one against them.
  • *who's. "Whose" is only used to show possessive. Sorry, the there/their/they're police are probably after me for some obscure post I made last month. I'm only using you to divert their attention to you, long enough for me to make my escape.
  • BskyB operates under the name sky, it's called that in UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Australia and more, it's owned by fox/news international (Rupert murdoch) and is a big brand, the biggest pay tv/Internet and broadband in the UK, so I can kind of understand the problem.
  • Murdoch's a tool masquerading as n Aussie!!!
  • Born here, created his empire here, then gave up his Australian citizenship as at the time dual US citizenship was not allowed... so no longer an Aussie... Lachlan and Sarah are the only Aussie family members these days from memory.
    Reminds me of Russel Crowe, born a Kiwi, lives in Australia, yet never a citizen (never here long enough to meet the requirements for citizenship) of Australia... Aussies that aren't exactly Aussies.
  • Yeah right. Microsoft is a gigantic company for how long now? If anyone wanted to sue MS for the MS name then they would've done so many years ago.
  • Are you sure about that? SkyDrive is old too but you see what's going on.
  • If you don't defend your trademarks and copyrights, you lose them. We don't know how long Sky and Microsoft have been litigating this.
  • Yeah, but you don't have to win, you just have to make an effort to defend them. 
  • I'm going the trademark "the"
  • Gonna trademark the 'trademark'.
  • Only if I can trademark the "t" in "the" you can't use "the" anymore, it's to close to "t" lol jk.
  • ??
    They're only one of the largest TV broadcasters in the UK, with subsidiaries all over Europe.
    It's like saying, 'who's Fox/NBC/CBS--- never heard of these little crap companies?'
  • Haha. They're so big, but suing (trolling companies)
  • And if that person lived in a place where fox,NBC,CBS is unheard of then they'd be in the right. Lets bash him because we know something he doesn't!!!
  • No name out there is safe. Nobody is safe from anything or anyone anymore, not even the US government.
  • Who cares? You people fight about the stupidest shit.
  • To be fair SKY do have lots of services which start with SKY, K
    SkyDemand, SkyGo, SkyAnytime, SkyBroadband, SkyCalls, SKY3D, SkyInteractive, not to mention all of their own channels are called, SkyOne, SkyTwo, SkyAtlantic, SkyNews, SkyMovies 1-12, SkySports (one of the worlds biggest sports networks), SkyLiving, etc etc etc. So you can understand where some stupid people might get confused if they aren't techsavvy.. Especially if they have SkyBroadband, and use the SkyNews app (which is available on WP8 and Windows8, its actually quite good and includes live channel feed, although for some reason it doesn't filter by tech news on the wp8 app...)
  • +920
  • You cannot be mad, please don't be mad...
  • name it XBoxDrive now..
  • No it's annoying naming everything after their console.
  • Call it XDrive.
  • XDrive would infringe on BMW's trademarks.
  • It's so difficult to name anything nowadays without infringing on someone else's trademark. We need to start naming things in gibberish now.
  • How about name it gibberish. So when people ask you how much storage you got in your cloud? you say, I got 10gigs in my gibberish. In no way this word is patent by anyone.
  • "I got 10gigs in my gibberish"
    ha ha ha - love it
  • Lolzz;)
  • I laughed more than I sould have
    + over 9000
  • Case in point: 99% of Open Source software ...
  • No it wouldn't. Completely different usage so it would be allowed.
  • SkyDrive is a completely different usage from Sky TV, so ...
  • Please no. If you're over 23 you don't want to name everything after a Game Console.  And how many Companies want to tell their Employees to use anything with an XBox in the name.
    I hope they don't change it, except for regional branding in the UK.  The UK has somepretty odd views on Intellectual Property but they can't stop MS from calling it SkyDrive when ever they interact with non-UK Customers.
    Let the Wankers call it "Fish and chips in the sky" for all I care.
  • that Drop Box can sue them.
  • Okay, I have an idea. Why don't change it into something named in Klingon language?
  • +1 Best suggestion so far.
  • CloudDrive
    Microsoft SkyDrive
  • Or just Microsoft Drive
  • Microsoft DriveBox maybe?
  • I think this is probably what it will become. Keeps the Microsoft branding, and makes it instantly recognizable to people coming from Android. Just wait for the Android fanboys to complain that Microsoft copied Google ...
  • Just name it after a cloud type, cumulus, stratus.....or better yet call it Genus, with the different cloud types being a different type of network configuration.
  • +1 I didnt see this post before I posted but I said the same thing, i personally like Nimbus!
  • I like stratus  cumulus i had thought of and like, but stratus is even better. short and to the point.
  • AzureDrive?
  • @Stapleton AzureDrive... Now, that sounds a cool sounding replacement
  • Azure is a cool looking name, but 95% of the public have no idea how to pronouce it and no one would see it and intuitively think, "oh, cloud based storage", unlike SkyDrive which rolled off the tongue and seemingly shouted out "I'm cloud based storage!". I realize Microsoft uses this name for businesses already, but I just don' think it's as good as SkyDrive was. Can't they juse call it "Microsoft SkyDrive" or "Windows SkyDrive" and appease the courts that way?
  • Just pronounce æðjur, CMIIW.
  • Point.
  • That sounds cool
  • OmniDrive
  • Windows Azure Consumer Cloud Storage Services
  • Lmao horrible
  • Oh its possible. Remember when WP7 was first announced it was named "Windows Phone 7 Series"
  • I don't think it is going to catch on...
  • Your suggestion seems like it would have the highest propability of being the official name.
  • R2
  • +2008
  • That suggestion is WACC.
  • If past examples are anything to go by (remember metro) the name will change to "windows 8 cloud storage service."
  • LOL
  • I thought Metro eventually never changed!
  • It became Windows 8 Modern UI or some such.
  • I really thought SkyDrive was a great name for the service. Now if they rename it to something with Drive in it again, then people will say Microsoft copied Google Drive. Heh.
  • No actually Google copied Microsoft with "Drive" xD
  • No, actually the word Drive has been associated with storage for decades now.
  • +1
  • ^THIS. If Google sued MSFT for the "Drive" word, I'm sure they'll get sued by the HDD companies for the same word, too.
  • Oh noes, i <3'd the name SkyDrive...... Must be GroundDrive now :(
  • Or PitDrive?
  • Microdrive!
  • Microdrive (MD) is a brand name for a miniature, 1-inch hard disk designed to fit in a CompactFlash (CF) Type II slot.
  • Darn it! I was lazy to google, ooooops sorry, to bing it!
  • Metro- ...oh, wait.
  • Good one. :)
  • Driveby
  • Lmao! Good one..
  • Then you are gonna get the likes of TomTom or Garmin or such going after MSFT. 
  • LiveDrive
  • That's patented by gangsters I'm affraid.
  • Delta better watch out, they're going to have to rename SkyMiles. Oh no wait, this kind of BS only applies to Microsoft.
  • Wonder how that escaped their minds
  • Delta would be immune as bskyb is a British company ran by an Australian. Your American courts would tell him to fuck off
  • Umm...So how did that not apply to MSFT? Delta flies international.
  • Microsoft is always in the receiving end of all this bullcrap from everywhere. Why doesn't anyone ever sue other companies?
  • Because if you're going to put the effort into suing someone, sue the one with the most money.
  • Apple bundles Safari with MacOS/iPhone. Why don't they get sued? Google bundles Chrome with Android. What about that? Microsoft bundles IE with Windows/WP and everyone loses their minds. Fcuk justice.
  • How do we know that *that* isn't on-going litigation as well? Could also have been settled out of court for a sum of money.
  • X-Drive or X-Cloud probably make the most sense given the Xbox Music/Xbox One branding
  • xDrive is a BMW brand afaik
  • And xdrive was a real cloud storage service way back in the 90s
  • How about XDrive?  Xbox is absorbing more and more anyway...
  • BMW already uses X-Drive
  • Microsoft Cumulonimbus
  • That's kind of cool
  • +1 This ones my favorite. :)
  • LOL
  • That's what I was thinking.
  • lol i thought of this too haha.. great minds think alike
  • +1 lol!
  • Now say that quickly 10 times.
  • I did that.
  • CumuloDrive.
  • +1 although I kind of like the sound of Microsoft Nimbus
  • Wow - so anything with "Sky" is just off limits? That's incredibly broad and ridiculous. 
  • Exactly what I was thinking.
  • Welcome to what happenes when you end up in court with Rupert merdoc. He wins, and takes your house. I'm suprised hes not been given half of MS holdings tbh
  • Yeah, he want to sue his Creator, indirectly, for using 'sky' to define the upper part of the earth. That's way too ridiculous for sueing that word, just for money?
  • It is absurd: Sky is too generic to have a trademark, especially the way it was combined into one word as SkyDrive. Maybe Microsoft can strike a deal with Skyy Vodka and call it SkyyDrive. Could be a cool marketing campaign: "Get drunk on Skyy vodka, then upload some naked pictures to SkyyDrive"
  • Hahahaha:)
  • This is what I want to know. You can't trademark "sky", can you?? Plus, why do these companies wait so long to sue? How many years has SkyDrive been around? I think ms rolls over to easy on these things.
  • Microsoft could squish Rupert
  • Unfortunately they can, and they wait longer because there's no point suing a minor product. The larger the product, the more 'damages' they can invent and the more money they can try to get.
  • WinDrive, WinCloud, WinNet, MsNet, Skynet (why not :D), in long, Windows Drive, Windows Cloud, Windows Net, and more; Windows Online, Windows AlwaysOn.
  • They'll likely roll it into the "Azure" family of cloud products, I believe.
  • I don't know. It could also be rolled into Bing.
  • Not a bad idea. BingDrive is probably the only suggestion I've heard so far that I might be okay with, but I definitely still prefer the name SkyDrive. Hope they can find a way to keep it (say, by officially renaming it "Microsoft SkyDrive" or "Windows SkyDrive", etc.)
  • Or BingLive
  • Totally agree with "Windows Cloud", see a few suggested this. It fits with their vision to share across (Windows) devices, and I think its comsumer friendly: I save my pictures in the "Windows cloud"....  Does MS have anything called "Win"?
  • Skynet is sadly vulgarized by bazillion business that use it for their name or their service name...
  • Is Skynet used inTerminator movie?
  • Maybe BSkyB plans to stop Judgement Day with a lawsuit?
  • They are the one that will create the Judgement Day.
  • I for one vote ME Drive. (sorry, I had to)
  • I am ashamed to live in the UK now!!!
    What are they going to do with the james bond film, SkyFall
    What about jumping out of an airplane surely that is still a skydive?
    I think a new name should be BINS (slightly taken from Bing) - Because it's not Sky, and i like the idea of chucking all my documents in the bin
  • "Sky" is a very common word
    "Sky" brand owner is doing TV while SkyDrive is IT network drive...totally irrelevant... :P
    Agree with 'daveh101', why "Sky" did not sue SkyFall?
  • Or like someone mentioned Delta SkyMiles
  • Andy while aboard that Delta flight, racking up SkyMiles, you can enjoy a copy of the SkyMall catalog....
  • Sky also have a very popular broadband service in many countries, SkyBroadband... You can understand how a non tech savvy person who uses SkyBroadband and watches SkyGo over their SkyBroadband, or SkyNews on the Windows 8 app, could confuse SkyDrive as being part of the SkyBroadband service... Don't you think?
  • It's not SkyFall, it's Skyfall. One word, whereas SkyDrive is two, one of which is Sky.
  • Gonna buy lumia 720 or 920,but have a question - what happens if phone hangs,then how to reboot it if phone battery is not removal!!
  • You just hold the volume down, power and camera buttons!
  • No camera button. That's a hard reset.
  • Soft reset- down volume button+power key+camera key. If that doesn't work try taking it to a place that fixes phones.
  • only power and volume otherwise with camrea button you'll wipe your phone!
  • I once did all three and it didn't wipe my phone.
  • Hard (factory) reset: volume UP+power+camera Soft reset: volume DOWN+power
  • Press the power button for around 10 seconds
  • WP8 onwards also requires the Vol Down button.
  • Oh my bad , my 8X reboots without pushing the Vol down
  • Hmm, really? Could be my bad then, possibly it is a Nokia thing. It used to be just the one button, maybe they just changed it at the same time as upgrading and I assumed it was a WP8 thing.
  • iSky lol
  • SkyDrive was perfect! First we lose Metro, now SkyDrive... :( What, some mediocre male escort service will claim the name "Microsoft" next? :/
  • Poor Microsoft, metro, and now this?! This sucks...
  • One Drive
  • Sounds quite catchy 1,000,000 votes for onedrive
  • Sk¥Drive
  • Ha ha ha
  • Actually, kind of catchy. One Microsoft, XBOX One, One Drive to sync it all.
  • They could actually use that to advertise the new OneDrive. I still miss SkyDrive though... :(
  • +920
  • +1 Microsoft One Drive, that's darn good.
  • Love it. Practical and conveys the concept of a cloud that can be accessed from multiple devices.
  • Actually there was a service before, called: One Care...
  • Well they can go screw themselves! We're not losing OneDrive...
  • I forgot all about One Care
  • +1
  • Wouldn't HTC just use the opportunity to throw a tantrum fit as well? I'm surprised they didn't for Xbox one (since its a word and not a number)
  • +820
  • +920 for OneDrive.
  • Dude, nice!
  • nice One! :)
    1Drive and how about SlyDrive, lol
  • Tell BSkyB to go fuck themselves. This has nothing to do with their business model, as far as I know.
  • Bullshit IMHO. If you need to crap on names, then it means your business sucks. Microsoft should've told them to get beat.
  • "Windows Cloud" or "Win Drive" will work.
  • Stupid sky, whack production value for inflated prices... And you know how much they love apple dont you... Lets be honest.. Its Microsoft vs the world .
  • "British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) claimed that SkyDrive infringed on the “Sky” trademark."
    It doesn't make sense to me but what do I know. How can you patent the word "sky?"  And it's "SkyDrive" not "sky," so.....? *sigh* whatever.
  • Well, after this, the BSkyB will claim that the sky above is theirs XD
  • ...Then God will claim His 'Sky' trademark from BSkyB. xD
  • Obviously i know about sky. They supply my adsl. I never even made the connection until now. Its crazy.
    How about Microsoft network, or msn for short?
  • That's what I was gonna say.  Never once did I make the connection between SkyDrive and BSkyB..  This almost ranks up with forcing MS to remove Internet Explorer from computer in the EU.
    MiCloud? MsDrive? 
    lol @ Windows Azure Consumer Cloud Storage Services
  • Oh come on, what the actual f**k!!
  • How about MSkydrive?
  • I like
  • How about "iBox Drive" lulz
  • MicroSpace...? Cloud Pocket...? .... I give up.
  • Cloud Pocket is actually a GREAT name.  I think it is time we get rid of anything with "Drive" in it because such a concept is really old fashioned.
  • I keep swapping between JDB Facebook, the official beta, and the official... I don't know if it's something on my end but I only get tile and toasts on the JDB app... I like the official/ MS version but notifications just aren't working at all... Is it just me?
  • Mydrive? Windrive? Drivedrive?
  • MyDrive is cool, but then Apple would say it sounds to much like iDrive...
  • Air Drive? XBox Drive? Microsoft Drive? Cloud Drive? Wind Drive?
    Freak, sky cant be used anymore. Thats full of shizms!
  • That's my suggestion, it's higher than Sky!
  • Windowsdrive may be
  • How about CloudDrive 2000 !!   :)
    Seriously, I'm glad they will change it.  It was a stupid idea to brand a longterm product on a fad marketing term.    And no, please don't call it "CloudDrive" or any other fadish name like that.  
    I realize it works from a marketing perspective (right now) and you don't want to call it "Internet Accessible Server Side Services - Drive", but "Cloud" and "Sky" is not going to be the term we use to describe such services in 5 years, just like we don't call the internet the "information superhighway" anymore or name every product with "2000" after it.
    Good bye "Sky" Drive. :)
  • SkyDrive was a great name.
  • Yes, right now.  In 5 years it will sound ridiculous.  Trust me.  It's a fad term.  You'll be embarassed to even describe something that way in the not to distant future.   In fact, it's already getting worn out and sounding stupid to refer to something as being "in the cloud".
  • CloudDrive i accept not cloudrive 2000 its too last century, too common and wacky compared to SkyDrive. how is skydrive a bad brand. its better than calling it iCloud, which is too simple and common. 5 years time Skydrive will be a legnedary tech name. it will not sound ridiculous in your opinon. wait and see in the year 2018, they will still love the name SkyDrive.
  • @Spicymikey what would be your suggestion? I don't mind someone telling everyone else how wrong something is, but please have an answer to the problem.
  • I don't know 11B1P.  Something unique and not tied to someone elses fad term.  It doesn't have to have meaning in itself.  iCloud is stupid too.  Don't follow Apple's lead.   We all know they don't do everything perfectly either.   XBox is a good example of how to name something.   Cool, hip, and in short order, if the product is good, it has name recognition.  SkyDrive could be anybody's. 
    Not that this is the only idea, but XDrive might be a good idea.  It themes with XBox, especialy since MS wants to make XBox a fully "cloud" based service in the near future with XBox One.
  • UPDATE: I see some others already suggested it.   It's one obvious (and good idea).  Someone said they would be infringing on BMW's tradename for XDrive on their cars.  Thats probably not true.  It has to be similar enough AND in the same area of business, to confuse the customer.  That's why I'm surprised MS lost that SkyDrive case. 
    It was some court in Europe AND it only affected certain European markets.  They could have happily continued to sell the service as SkyDrive everywhere else.  Also,  If they fought it I suspect they would eventually have won on apeal.   Which tells us MS probably realizes its a stupid name that has a short shelf life anyway, and decided it's not worth fighting.  Changign the name is easier and better in the long run 
  • SkyDrive was a great name. It was intuitive and rolled off the tongue. Much better than iCloud (this is the one that will feel dated) or Google Drive (which for the longest time I thought was some type of turn-by-turn GPS driving application). Xdrive would've been cool, but AOL already had an online storage service called Xdrive, so that won't fly (
  • yep, scratch XDrive.  Doesn't matter.  It's not our job to find a new name for MS.  I know a lot liked SkyDrive. I think it was a clever, but not the best choice.  Obviously MS knows that too and isn't going to waste time fighting over it.  They'll find something better.  In fact, they obviously already have, otherwise they wouldn't have probably given it up so fast. 
  • I'd like to be as confident as you, but Microsoft is really hit or miss when it comes to naming its products. Some are quite good (Surface, SkyDrive, Xbox) and some are mindboggling bad (Windows RT / NT / CE / ME, Windows Live, MSN Messenger).
  • Point taken.  I still don't know what RT means.  What were they thinking. 
  • Runtime, I believe. Still, a shame.
  • ++++10000000
  • just cloud it "The Cloud"
  • Sorry..? You wonna cloud it what?
  • Sky own a company that is called the cloud in the UK. So out of the question.
  • Windows Cloud Drive/ WinDrive/ WinCloud/ Cloud(8)/ CloudDrive/
  • Ughh, say hello to Microsoft Box? Microsoft Drive? Microsoft Storage? Microsoft Case?
  • 8Drive, lol.
  • Rename it to SkyeDrive ... with "Skye" being a new Microsoft mascott to F around with companies such as Sky.
  • rename it JustADrive
  • Is skynet trademarked?
  • YourDrive
  • XCloud.... or XDrive.
  • New name: BINS = "Bins Is Not Sky" :)
  • To avoid future lawsuits, just make up a word not found in any dictionary, earth-side or alien. Like:
  • Yeah. Cause everybody is an excellent speller and would know exactly how to spell a non-word.
  • MSCloud. OneSync. MSSync. MSSS (Microsoft Storage Service). MS13 (Microsoft Storage 2013).  Oh wait, that last one is a violent criminal gang...probably not a good idea : /
  • Lol @ MS13
  • MicrosoftDrive or window drive
  • Most people I know hadn't heard of it anyway, and when i would mention it ("hey, I posted the pics of the trip to my Skydrive") they'd usually think I was saying "sky dive". So, what I'm saying is, a name change here really isnt the end of the world, as long as it changes to something good/better.
  • Skydrive has over 200 million users.
  • "name change is end of the world"..
    Um, it is built into everything from XBox One, to WP7 to WP8 and Windows 8 and moreso in Windows 8.1.  As the migration to Windows 8 continues to happen, there will be more people using SkyDrive in the next two years than all other services combined.
    And you think a name change is going to end it?
    Push rock off head, and crawl...
  • Sorry, windows phone's shitty keyboard caused a typo. It was meant to say "isn't the end of the world" which should've been obvious anyway from reading the rest of the comment. :)
  • Skypedrive
  • I posted a comment on another spot when this first came up and still disagree but I guess that's why I'm not a lawyer!! To me though just because the name has sky in it should not make it a copyright issue. Are they next going to sue the makers of Skyrim or how about Mazda Skyactiv tech or try "Binging" Sky Tech and see how much crap comes up are they suing everyone now for using the word Sky in their tech products names???? Smells like a bunch of BS to me.......
  • Name it Columbia. 
  • NotSoPrivateDrive
  • Lololol
  • How about, SkiDrive
  • No more "metro", no more "Skydrive". So sad...
  • How about they rename it TPS Reports Storage Service?
  • Lol, I get what you're saying. Mind as well call it PeterDrive or NelsonDrive
  • That they were allowed to trademark the word sky by itself is ridiculous
  • I've got it! Introducing Microsoft's latest cloud technology: Files with Benefits!
  • Lol
  • Hehe
  • Go retro: FloppyDrive, or simply A:
  • Why not a German Name?
    I would like "Wolke"! Wolke means Cloud.
  • Carnt it just be called Microsoft SkyDrive rather than just SkyDrive
  • That makes sense.
  • since ms doent get love from any one it should be FUhatersDrive
  • Tiledrive?
  • PileDrive will be better. But will it be sued by AMD (Piledriver)?
  • "Windows Azure Cloud Drive" works.
  • I'd say MicroCloud but anything with "cloud" in it will probably mean that Apple will go after them. So how about Microsoft Share?
  • DriveBox maybe?
  • That's a shame. I actually liked SkyDrive. Was this lawsuit due to Sky Broadcasting having their own cloud services? I'm kind of surprised there wasn't some licensing agreement worked out so MS could go on using the name.
  • LinkSphere would be cool, but it would be a little hard to type the URL
  • MiDrive. Get it?
  • Why don't LaDrive?
  • Personally think this is BS! First METRO, now SkyDrive because the word sky is used as a part of the name. The next person who complains about patent disputes is gonna get PUNCHED IN THE FACE, because this is just least patents are based on technology, but sky mentioned as part of a name......really...C'Mon Man
  • Oxford should just trademark their entire dictionary, sue the rest of the entire english speaking world for copyright infringement, get it over with
  • How long before someone sues because of the word "Surface."  Surely, someone has this blatantly common word trademarked somewhere......
  • I work for BsurfaceB. You can't have it.
  • But I work at BmicrosoftB. Copyright infringement, name yourselves Electronic Digital Service and Hardware Components Provider for Consumer and Commercial Corporate Providers 2013, Edition Corporation.
  • Yeah, it may be a CloudBox later, maybe... But, hey, the name SkyDrive is also the name I have ever seen on motorcycles made by Japanese motorcycle manufacturer.
  • I'm sure someone branded the word "box" already..
    not to mention letter "B" in front of "ox"
  • Sky are douchebags
  • MS should change it to F@#$SKY&drive..
    Maybe CUMULUS Cloud aka CC. #newname4skydrive
  • How about MOACS...mother of all cloud storage...funny how long it took for me to even hear of this infringement case...didn't even know it was happening
  • NSADrive.  Private and secure.
  • fuck off. stop with the NSA bullshit. its not funny anymore. those jokes are so last month.
  • No. You're wrong. They're still funny.
  • Lol
  • Lets hope they change their puritanical content restrictions along with it.
  • Dang, SkyDrive was so cool. So completely petty. Hmm, what about MSDrive or DataDrive
  • How about BSkyDriveB?   /s 
    Only lawyers and judges would be stupid enough to think that people would be confused between Sky, the broadcasting company and SkyDrive, a cloud service.
    For a serious suggestion, I saw someone else suggest BingDrive which isn't bad particularly if they are building a bunch of services around Bing already. 
  • OneDrive
  • X-box box.. Just like dropbox.. lol
  • I say, LiveDrive 
    Live is already in their branding.  And it's already linked to accounts.  
  • LiveDrive is a good one too
  • i say good.
  • LiveDrive is good
  • great, except that the accounts are no long Live Accounts, they are now just called microsoft accounts - live is going as far as i know
  • God I hope not. The live branding was horrible and it was a good decision to kill it.
    SkyDrive was a perfect name and a great brand and it's going to be difficult to come up with something as good. It needs to have as few syllables as possible so that it rolls off the tongue. AzureDrive makes sense at one level, but it fails both of those tests. LiveDrive passes those tests but is just bad branding imo.
  • Okay so call it LiveCloud OfficeCloud CloudOffice Cloud365
  • Apple might start jumping in because of their iCloud
  • Will they go after Skype now?
  • I'm wondering the same thing
  • Don't give them any ideas
  • Well then shouldn't BskyB go after Sky Vodka? Lol I mean this is stupid idk why they would go after a name like Sky
  • There has to be the potential for confusion.  BSkyB apparently provides internet service so I guess I can understand how their customers might think that SkyDrive is a service provided by BSkyB rather than MS.  Products in other industries like SkyMiles or Skyy vodka wouldn't have the same issue so no trademark problem.  Just like the old Apple Records vs Apple Computer case, it was okay only so long as Apple promised not to get into the music business.
  • All this name stuff is ridiculous. I suppose I have to refer to the atmosphere above me by some new word now.... Maybe I'll call it Metro.
  • Lol
  • SkiDrive.
    the cloudrive
  • Really? They own the word "sky"? Insane.
  • Would it still be a problem if it was made into one word "Skydrive" instead of "SkyDrive".
  • Like Skype
  • SharePoint 2013 presents itself as SkyDrive Pro to enterprise. Maybe they'll call SkyDrive 'SharePoint' now?
  • MS needs a new legal department. Current staff should be fired.
  • excuse me its actually Medicore SKY needs to grow some balls, because their pafetic ways of patents is not important. they nearly killed Skype back in 2010 before it was brought by Microsoft. You should know already if you read the story that is BSKYB fucking fault for this patent fued.
  • dont use x. it will tarnish the xbox brand. errch dont like xdrive BS.
  • If they called it xdrive BMW would throw a hissy fit just like BskyB is.
  • totally. this is so stupid, just for a name. suing for  a name. Its like im suing you for using my name on your birth cerificate. lol
  • Please don't call it BingDrive. I'd go for something along the lines of the Office brand. Microsoft Office Filing Cabinet.
  • Maybe something like Drive 365 or 365 Drive.
  • Are you fucking kidding me.
  • I'm quite sick of that phone hacking life destroying company. Rupert Murdoch looks like he's melting. His wife should wear a straight jacket and his ceo son looks to nerdy to be allowed outside.
  • Superb sir!
  • Microsoft Exosphere!
  • Could they keep the name everywhere except the UK?
    If possible, that's what I'd do.
  • Cloud 9 or OneDrive
  • Microsoft Zeus?
    Microsoft Stratosphere?
    Microsoft Anything That Won't Warrant A Lawsuit Drive?
  • The stuff that stores your shit is the new SkyDrive.
  • SynCloud (Sync Cloud)
  • Do you pronounce it SinDrive? Because if that is the case I can already see all the Scroogle and apple people making jokes about it...
  • ONLY in the UK... It should be renamed to "Drive TUYA" or Drive This Up Your *$$
  • How about XCS Xbox cloud storage
  • Call it MicroDrive!
  • Damn that sucks !
    I like the name SkyDrive :'(
    How about CIEL ? French for Sky ... Just don't tell Cadillac ;)
  • How about the Swedish word for "Sky"?  Oh wait, the spelling is the same!  Damn!  Would it count if they change how it is pronounced?!!!!!  Many they could use LumiaDrive.  I am sure Nokia won't mind!
  • But what about us with HTCs & Samsungs ? How about Sky in Arabic , "Sama" ... SamaDrive ? Nah doesn't have the same SkyDrive tone to it
  • XCloud
  • errm no. that's lame
  • Guys follow @SadSkydrive on twitter .. Funny parody account
  • what about Airdrive. no sounds lame
  • Call it atmosphere. It's beyond the cloud.
  • Please no xbox name lolk
  • Renaming will cost a lot...
  • I'd fight it. To not be able to use Sky in a product name is ludicrous
  • Office Locker
  • What's SkyDrive in Klingon?  Use that.
  • Ha ha ha!
  • I don't think renaming it to "Live" would be so bad. They already own the trademark. Xbox has Xbox Live and is already fully transitioned to which is two clicks away from getting to your skydrive folder. They could further keep the branding tied by calling free "Live Silver" (but just known and seen as Live) and Pro could become "Live Gold" but i do like the "pro" varient better.
    What ever its renamed to it better be easy to remember and easy to type. The shorter the better. Live is pretty short and sweet.
  • Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) !
  • ShareDrive, ShareSpace
  • How about FlyDrive? Access your docs on the fly...
  • How the hell someone allows a company to trademark a simple word as Sky!!!????
    I see google's monopoly hands on this ¬¬
  • Azure is kind of cool actually.
  • Metrodrive. Trademarked!
  • Now what consumers are going to be confused if they using microsoft products on the cloud services. they going to say where the hell is my Skydrive, where I store my content and my docs. Microsoft have to inform them the new service name brand to them to find their cloud storage stuff. FUCK U SKY.
  • AirSpace, OpenAir, NetDrive, The Locker, AirSafe, SatelliteDrive(Satdrive for short), AirWave, WaveDrive, StorageSpace, SpaceStorage, SoftDrive, MicroDrive, CloudRoom, I can go on but I won't.
  • Just rename to WinDrive and move on..
  • keep it simple. +1 for Microsoft Drive.
  • The best name will be windrive... How about it
  • Time to bring back "Live". LiveDrive? Live Cloud?
  • Aero- could be another prefix to use
    Or how about things that fly in the sky?
    Like JetDrive...IcarusBox... uh... I dunno.  Does it HAVE to have -box, -drive or -cloud?  What about 'Phoenix Cloud Storage', but just Phoenix for short?
  • Microsoft should sue every damn company in the EU that puts an X in front of anything. Since somehow they can claim that the word Sky can't be used with obviously ANYTHING else or it's an infringement. What has this world come to with these ridiculously stupid lawsuits. Must be a sign that the end is near.
  • Megadrive?
  • They didn't check before they marketed the name
  • LiveDrive
  • That's pretty catchy.
  • NSAdrive
  • aka 'SpyDrive'? 
  • Exactly
  • I have seen a few suggestions that are possiblilites that are already Microsoft brands.   Microsoft, just please do not use Windows in the name!  Something with SharePoint or Azure in the name would make sense. 
    Azure is defined as "a color that is commonly compared to the color of the sky on a clear summer's day."
  • Xbox Cloud, or something similar I bet haha.
  • Bing Drive :)
  • Ridiculous that some assholes trademarked the word "sky" and the court finds this valid.
  • CirrusDrive
  • Ugh... Once again MSFT letting it dribble down their leg. One of the biggest branded features of the OS and now they have to change the name. These bumbles are frustrating!
  • first metro and now this, why microsoft keep dropping their brand names so easily? they cant just buy the damn patent troll and keep going like a giant company does? or fight them to dead in the court like apple, this is just pathetic to see a crap company stealing a WORLDWIDE company like microsoft
  • Microsoft Stratos
  • MicroDrive
    Nimbus 2000
    Lacunosus (this one is here for irony!)
  • mDrive
  • Call it Outlook Cloud or Office Cloud or MS Cloud
  • I would go with Xbox Cloud or One Cloud.
  • StratoDrive is okay.
    A little fifties though.
  • Microsoft Cache or MS Locker
  • They should just call it "Microsoft Shelf"... You get your docs and pics and just put them on the shelf
  • KysDrive
  • Rename only
  • i know MS didnt screw this up, but they should stop changeing their product names, Live Mesh --> Skydrive --> dont know yet, and to make this more confusing there is SkyDrive Pro & they released new tool in Windows 8.1 & Server 2012 R2 with limited functionality Work Folders (which is similar to SkyDrive Pro but with limited functionality). Windows Media Player --> Zune --> XBox Music. it is confusing.
  • If it was confusing how'd you remember it
  • YourDrive
    NoPlaceLikeYourSpace This is stupid. British, what do you expect. Makes me want to send Rupert a stinky bag of poo. Microsoft should just buy an existing cloud storage company and merge the two services into one.
  • 'BingBox',, space store,        upbing,   WinDrive, WinBox, WinCan, 
  • Hey, I actually like "BInGBOX" and if you make the "n" tiny, it looks like BIG
  • If apple can make a patent for "rounded corners" on smartphones and sue Samsung and anyone else this should not surprise anyone.
  • Microcloud
    MScloud or MSpace
  • First metro, and now skydive, and both were just silly. Why does it only happen to Microsoft! :(
  • SkyDrive was never a drive per se. I would prefer they get away from the word "drive." I think it should be either something ethereal like Microsoft Space or something to do with storage like Microsoft Locker or Outlook Locker.
  • Ha ha ha...How about SkySpace? But I think MySpace and BSkyB or whatever might not like that name...
  • Back to the root: Foldershare!
  • Lol
  • Microsoft OneScreen or just OneScreen - after all, isn't that the point? Many screens - 1 experience. Obviously, works well with new XBox name and could be extended to windows family for v9 - WindowsOne WindowsPhoneOne. Only problem I see - HTC's use of "One"
  • S-Drive
  • S-Drive is a line of Yokohama tires.
  • Good tires, I might add.
  • FistBox!
    Lol But on the serious side, SkyDrive has been around longer than Microsoft has owned it. Why did they bother doing this now? The owners of that dumb whatever it is must love apple/android.
  • The time is coming when every single word in the English dictionary will be patented. Sky, Cloud, Metro... What's next? Beans, Orange, Carrots?
  • Well, Orange is the new name for France Telecom (formerly its mobile division).
  • How about- BingGo, I do like OneDrive (to rule them all) mentioned earlier.
  • Microsoft Drive. Kiss
  • Wooooow this seems like quite a stretch. Not happy.
  • How about calling it X-Files or TCDSFKASD (The Cloud Drive Service Formally Known As SkyDrive)
  • Clouds
  • Blue
  • The Open
  • Just think they will probably hit skype soon as it has sky in it
  • Microsoft Storage, or wincloud
  • 8572731d-b09f-4e77-9a4c-29dd2eb5730e-Drive
  • Opendrive
  • Poor Microsoft. All their brand names I like being challeneged and taken away. :(
  • I'm thinking WINDrive. They could even keep the little cloud icon for brand recognition, just add some squiggly lines to indicate a much more breezy service lol. Same number of letters too. I'd also like to add my voice to the chorus of this thinking this is utterly ridiculous. How the hell does a company own the word sky?!
  • Trademark conversation to crack addict baby rapist in 5... 4... 3... 2... Really!? Why did you not bring Nazis into it as well? Smh.
  • Wait...what?!?
  • SoftSpot
  • Then Google could copy something and call it G-Spot
  • I suggest... "Go F Yourself British Sky"
    Anyone in the UK that thinks this is ok, you need to push back on this before this company and others roll over anyone they want. 
  • Google wait iclou......erm :'(
  • HotDrive?
  • ZuneDrive
  • And, by the way, I live in the UK. I get my landline and broadband off Sky and subscribe to Sky TV. I will now cancel all those services and get BT broadband and FREE BT Sports. Over a lifetime, that's a lot of money they've just lost. Hope Rupert Murdoch or one of his executives is reading this.
  • MetroSky
  • Hehe... I don't think that is going to work...
  • C:\LOUD
  • That's nice
  • CloudDrive?
  • MS should sue Sky every time they use the word "live" in one of their broadcasts...
  • +920
  • Ha ha ha! +100000
  • When I joined WP8, I actually thought SkyDrive was provided by Sky. So there's something in it. As mentioned above, drive is commonly associated with storage, so it's clear to me why I associated SkyDrive with Sky and the reason for the patent infringement.
  • Regardless of what they rename it to, I will continue to call it SkyDrive.
  • Um, off the top of my head: Drive8 MyCloud MetroCloud MyDrive Locker (really digging this, yo MS...grab that quick if it's available!) Nimbus Cabinet MyCorner Zone
  • Why stop at the sky? Look beyond! Nebula Drive. They'll be good for at least 100yrs. :)
  • BSkyBisanAssDrive
  • WinSpace
  • They might get sued foe having sky in the title Skype. Lol
  • What abt MCloudDrive
  • NSAdrive
  • I could see either XBOX Drive, Microsoft Drive, or Outlook Drive being possible choices. On another note, this is bs. Naming aside, they are fighting over the trademark for "sky". What next? Ground? Grass? Tree? Will i eventually be able to be sued if i were to sell a LAWN mower? Its absurd that they won. And its even more baffling that MS wont appeal (Unless, of course, they already planned on renaming it.)
    EDIT: On second thought, it doesnt baffle me that they didnt appeal. This is Metro all over again (though unlike Metro, where the term got out of hand, and i was glad it changed, Skydrive has no reason to change.)
  • Goodbye SkyDrive!
    Hello Live Mesh!
  • Well this is depressing a hell. I've come to love the name SkyDrive so much... This really blows. I'm still torn apart over Metro, now SkyDrive.
  • how about windows live cloud (WLC) for short?
  • Microsoft has been trying to ditch the "Live" branding, if you havent noticed.
  • I say call it "XDrive" or "XCloud"...maybe even "Cloud9" for windows 9
  • "CloudBox"
  • Bah. They're probably going to name it Windows Drive 8 or Windows 8 Drive. Microsoft loves to make their naming confusing. Still not a fan of WP8 name, nor am I a fan of being asked if I have Windows 8 on my phone.
  • SkypeDrive
  • "UDrive" as in Universal Drive because you can save documents, pictures, etc. And then twist it against Apple. "At Microsoft we are not selfish and conceded, its not just 'i. i. i.', we are about U".
    There is also, "iUsers must be drunk...UDrive".
  • ...
  • The sky, also known as the celestial dome, commonly refers to everything that lies a certain distance above the surface of Earth, including the atmosphere and the rest of outer space. Hence, anything above the ground is obviously protected under Sky trademark. is next? :'(
    -skynet would be brilliant lol
    - bskyb is the worst name ever. Whoever owns the trademark for letter "b" should sue them
  • Simple MSDrive. BSkyB can go and do one, they monopolise everything in Europe. Unfortunately they got so big in the UK due to the football (soccer) lemmings paying stupid money each month.
  • Hotdrive !!!!!
  • Couldn't they just change the name for the UK only, and leave the name as SkyDrive for the sane parts of the world that have at least some sense of what trademark infringement really means?
  • AirDrive?
  • Of all the names I've heard I think these are the best,
    You really have to use the names in a sentence to see if it works. It has to roll out your mouth as smooth as saying "bing it" or "google it" or "it's in my iCloud"
    With that said, my top choice would be Xdrive but BingBox is really different. could work.
  • Any of the following sound alright? DriveDrive
    ...or a variant of such?
  • i just thought of it how about outer space. "lost in space" LOL.
  • StratusDrive???? Anyone? No? Haha.
  • Then Mother Nature should sue Apple.
  • MSDrive
  • SkypeDrive. Screw BSkyB.
  • iMetroSkyDrive
  • Office365Drive, OfficeDrive, BingDrive, OfficeCloud, OutlookDrive
  • Sorry if this has already been asked, lots of comments here. Sam, are you implying that SkyDrive will be rebranded for all markets, or just UK?
  • Awesome Windows Azure Cloud Storage, or AWACS for short.
  • "Windows Cloud" or "Microsoft SkyDrive(or maybe Microsoft Drive)" gets my vote
  • Xbox Drive xD
  • Microsoft OfficeSpace
    Office Cloud
    M Cloud
    Best twitter account ever! We should all support it. 
  • MetroDrive  . . . no, wait . . 
  • Microsoft OfficeSpace
  • I personally like LiveDrive.
  • I'm kind of young, which means I was just a kid when Bill Gates was the head of the company. But somehow I feel that this kind of things did not happen to MS, on the contrary the giant was trumping foes here and there. Now they have lost the 'Metro' name which was very apropriate and cool and now they are loosing another beacon in 'Skydrive'. I feel they are giving up easier than before, they prefer to settle disputes rather than give them a fair fight. Anyway, I hope they don't come back with some silly names like "modernUI" which sounds stupid and has an expiration date all over the name.
  • UFuckedThat?Drive
  • Fuck BSkyB .... You will rot in hell ... I love the name Skydrive ... It is way cooler name than GDrive or Dropbox or Box or any other shit
  • Guddrive it up there
  • This sucks. SkyDrive is one of the few things Microsoft branded very well
  • Do AirDrive, BingDrive, Windows Locker, or OfficeDrive sound viable??
  • BossDrive
  • At this rate, we'll run out of shit to name our children because of "trademark infringements" . . .
  • I don't care what they re-name it.  I'm still going to call it SkyDrive.
  • Azure Shelf, AzureDrive, AzureSpace
  • My vote is for CloudDrive.
  • I'm late to the conversation but why not call it Microsoft Cloud or The Cloud or Cloud Drive. Thoughts?
  • Man, I really liked the name. Hopefully MSFT comes up with a good replacement!
  • I love the name Skydrive. It really implies the name of a cloud service. The desktop app is REALLY convenient.
  • Surprised they didn't go after Skype.
  • These things are SO common though folks. Remember that a few years back, a little Linux start up company wanted to make a new user friendly OS for Linux, and called it "Lindows". Microsoft eventually took them to task for it, and they had to rename it to "Linscape". Then they got bought out by another company and ceased to exist anyway. Oh well.....
  • Microsoft should go passive aggressive and rename it to SKYpeDRIVE.
  • MSFT should call it "BHBdrive", for Butt-Head Broadcaster drive.
  • Bring back mesh or sync... Call it Microsoft Sync
  • Windows Desktop Cloud Based Storage Enterprise Editon 8.1
  • I kinda sympathize with this lawsuit... When I first read about SkyDrive, I actually thought it had something to do with Sky Broadcasting. I hope they come up with a better name. Doesn't have to mean anything, just sound good...
  • CloudSoft
  • If I were MS, I would close SkyDrive in UK. Eat your courts BskyB.
    Why there are always strange companies, trying to do stupid things?
  • Not cool at all
  • ZuneArray; ZuneCloud; CloudZune; or the already used by Microsoft:  Windows Azure
  • KinectSpace
  • AirSpace, Clowd, WDrive, LiveDrive, Wing, Bluew, Walt, FlyDrive,
    Crazy?.. Just thinking outside the dropbox ;)
  • Stupid lawsuit by Sky. Makes them look petty (it must be an infringement because our customers can't tell the difference)
    Stupid interpretation of the law (can it really be an infringement of a Sky trademark if all Sky's other trademarks are Sky<space>something) and a dangerous precedent for UK trademark law
    Stupid precedent - plenty of other companies have trademarks or names that start with Sky e.g. Skyteam, Skyway, Skyplane, Skymiles, Skymail, Skymove. And there is a company in the UK called Skydrive (and in the UK trademarks and company names are considered to be equivalent)
    So why did Microsoft give in? Because it wasn't worth fighting over. Conclusion - they presumably have a better (by which I mean more integrated with the brand) name waiting in the wings.
    I guess we just have to watch this space....
  • Since they have OneNote. I think OneDrive sounds great.
  • SkyDrop??
  • Easy, just add an extra "y"....  SkyyDrive... Problem solved.  LOL
  • Microsoft "Drive formerly known as Sky"
  • They will call this Microsoft SkyDrive in the UK and SkyDrive everywhere else. Stupid ruling but not the end of the world.
  • so is this part of a deal with Sky to get access to content for some sort of web tv system. Why make enemies with Sky who may be a major partner moving forward? Same as the Metro name issue, Im sure MS is happy to fight where it suits...
  • Maybe Sky should change their name to NoSignalWhenItRainsCosDaDishCantSeeDaSky.
  • It's legally company can claim rights over a word...
    If Microsoft went along with this, it's because the name "SkyDrive" wasn't sticking that well. I almost want to call it  ThingAboveOurHeadsWhenOutside-Drive just for the fun of mocking BSkyB.
  • Yes they can, that's the whole point of trademarks.
  • As someone with a Law Dregree, I can tell you that they CAN'T. You can't trademark words of the dictionary. The only real base for this claim was if BSkyB had trademarked the name "SkyDrive".
  • You know how many words had Microsoft trademarked?
  • I think it should called oneDrive
  • LiveDrive?
  • since we are talking about cloud based storage, they should drop the drive and just name it after a cloud like Nimbus or Cumulus.
  • inb4 Xbox Cloud
  • What a shame. I really liked SkyDrive. Would renaming it Microsoft SkyDrive work?
  • I'm canceling my Sky TV subscription, Sky broadband and Sky landline because of this petty move by Murdoch.
  • Test
  • Test
  • 2 options....
    MyDrive OR MicrosoftDrive
    Clean and to the point.My bet is MyDrive
  • It's gonna be: Microsoft Cloud. Maybe Windows Cloud. That's all the poetry I can give you. Otherwise its gonna be some stupid name they change voluntarily after a few years, like Hotcloud or something. No, Microsoft Cloud, just that. Because that's what it is.
  • First Metro, and now Sky... reminds me of this from Futurama
  • Wot tha hell Goobi?! What gain does a broadcasting system get from this?
  • I'm going to miss that name, "Skydrive".  The new name should be MS Air. :-P
  • Microsoft OneDrive
    Microsoft MiDrive
    Microsoft WinDrive
    Microsoft AirDrive
    Microsoft Skyve
    Microsoft UpDrive
    Microsoft NextDrive
  • MS Cloud Drive
  • SkyDrive :'(
  • Aetheric Library Index. ALi.  ALi will help you with all cloud storage needs, and will be available anywhere and anytime thanks to the aether. 
  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WinDrive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • all you need to do is keep an eye out for who Microsoft is following on twitter. if you see a new unrecognized name then you probably have it.
  • I would think that Microsoft would have invested time in looking into trademark before the name.....also wouldn't it be world paying for the name after spending all this time and money to market it.....put a number on it and negotiate that...
  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WinDrive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Didn't think you could trade mark a word in the dictionary. Must pay money to SKY everytime the weather reports clear skies.. Stupid result.
  • Im gonna go with windows MyFile
  • IBetThisCannotBeSubjectOfATrademarkDisputeDrive
    You are welcome.
  • I think its time they fully integrate SkyDrive with Office. They should have all the Office web apps available @ along with Office storage where you can store and share files...the name for Office storage should be something related to actual storage in an office, but catchy.
  • How can you just trademark the phrase "Sky" MS should call it The Cloud or SolarDrive
  • Wow, what BS.  Did MS even hire good laywers?
    How in the hell did anyone have a case that the company called Sky, which is such a generic word anyway, could claim that SkyDrive was confusing. 
    What about SkyMall? SkyMiles? or god knows you name your kid Sky. 
    Come on Microsoft, you are seriously nuts. Now you'll lose all the branding you've created with the name SkyDrive. Oh, lets just throw away mindshare and millions in advertising. Smart.
  • Noooo! Whydrive, mydrive don't liedrive. Byedrive. Highdrive. AeroDrive.
  • How about ChiveDrive?  Just kidding.  I would name it Drivesky (Driveskee). 
    A brewsky for my Drivesky
  • MetroDrive. That is all.
  • It will be Microsoft Modern Storage, MS Modern Storage, or MS Most(most modern storage), or just simple "Common Storage" because it's now common.. 
  • about "Storage Now"
  • I wonder if Microsoft will sue google?? -  "Sky drive" was released in 2007 and "Drive" in 2012
  • SeaDrive™ :D (hey dude where's all your porn at, its all saved to my SeaDrive™,WHAT!!?? what if your mom logs on and spots that shit!? Chill dude, i said SeaDrive™ not C: Drive you absolute dick for brains)
  • How a conversation might look in 3 years time; Hey iRis™ where ® Wii? iDunno™ where you are, but I'm
  • microDrive
  • Microsoft should rebrand the service WinDrive.
  • How about call it XBox Drive and introduce some syncing features with XBox gaming platform
  • MicroCloud, anyone?
  • How about "365 Drive"? Let's move toward branding everything in a more consistent manner with platform that's becoming synonymous with the Cloud. There's a home version and several business versions... So where do we save data in those platforms? In our 365 Drive of course! It rhymes, is an established brand, and it rolls off the tongue!
  • Microsoft should rebrand the service as DeepSpace
  • call it "Drive 365" after "Office 365"
    they can also reuse Office 365's tagline "Your complete Storage Solution in the cloud"
  • Just call it "Mesh" I'm pretty sure they have the trademark (they own It's simple, short and catchy. The problem before is they added a bunch of crap around it "Windows Live Mesh".
    "I uploaded it to the mesh"
    "Sync your files to the mesh"
  • Sorry for this, but what the f**k? It was a good name. "Sky" being a trademark... Just bullcrap.
  • I'm actually glad that Microsoft will be changing the brand name. I never really liked the name "SkyDrive". Most people don't even know it exists even though they have a Microsoft account. Maybe they should take a page from Google's books and call it Microsoft Drive.
  • Oh yeah I forgot the poms own the sky, shame on you MS for using a common English word
  • Nothing. They should fight it. Microsoft has promoted SkyDrive for 6 years, spent billions of dollars on it and put it at the center of all their products. Giving up on it is dumb as hell.
  • How about BlueDrive? (Sky=blue on a perfect day!) Or, just "Azure" sounds way cooler. 
  • Well Xbox seems to work well so how about Xdrive or Xcloud. While we're at it lets change all the names! XPhone, XMail, XPad.
  • Are you f... Kidding me? In some time we would not use words like apple , blackberry. Etc due to trademark. This is ridiculous. Its sky ... The word sky is a trademark? WTF?
  • +920
  • And people wonder why I switched to Freesat. MUUURRRDOOOOOCH!!!!!
  • One thing I can't get after reading a bunch of comments - how the hell BSkyB wants to use SKY as a trademark?? How does it connects to SkyDrive? Sky is an english word, which has a meaning. Acording to the article, I will have to pay BSkyB for using word sky. This is a huuuge WTF.
  • MS should simply name it "MSDrive".
  • SoftDrive
  • I propose "ceiling". It should be something above the "surface" connecting the devices :P
  • Screw SKY TV UK, it is only in the UK so give the Brits a different name, Microsoft has SkyDrive. How about Microsoft sue BSkyB for infringinf the Skype brand?
    Damn idiots, another company I will forever despise.
  • MicrosoftCloud... I'm wondering what microsoft will name it...
  • I would bet for "Xbox Drive", or something like that.
  • Oh I swear to you
    I'll be there for you
    This is not a drive by
    Just a shy guy looking for a two-ply
  • how about ZkyDrive or MicrosoftOneDrive?? XD
  • How about renaming SkyDrive to 365Drive or 365 Drive, it would tie in well with the Office 365 brand or even WinDrive 365?
  • Why not SkiDrive?
  • "Skype" next then....
  • SkyDrive only wanted to store all our files. It will always be SkyDrive for me...
  • The problem is the courts for even allowing there to be a case. This is another awful annoyance that amounts to jack.
  • Pointless. The problem is the courts. Sad.
  • Hope part of the deal not to appeal will be Sky developing Sky Go. Really don't care about the name change, it will still be my primary cloud storage
  • space drive
  • cloudmicro
  • InfinityDrive..!!
  • cloud safe
  • "Microsoft Cloud Storage Cloud Edition 2013" Hahaha Sam that made me laugh lolol
  • window space
  • Um, I think I am registering the domain name   That is exactly what MS needs to tell them  F U E U.
    And for the record, I have heard of SKY,  They are famous for lousy satalite security signals that were interceptable allowing people to pirate TV shows and put them on the internet before they aired officially.   I think I was 3 months ahead of the show STARGATE SG1 air dates at one point thanks to Sky   I could go to firends houses and ruin the plots :)
  • really, i mean REALLY!!!! next thing you know no supermarket will be able to advertise apples in case of a trademark lawsuit.
  • This is why the UK has become a third-class country.
  • I don't get it. In what way do SkyDrive and BSkyB sound or look the same?
  • I like some of the suggestions so far, best I can do is "Avenue" which is something you can 'drive' on, fits in with 'Metro' and could also be taken to mean an avenue to your data/files :)
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  • Bitching over the word "Sky" used in the name? Oh, please...
  • Maybe they could call it FoxDrive
  • MicrosoftDrive
  • I still don't get how SkyDrive infringes on the "Sky" trademark by BSkyB...
  • Probably they will call it Live Drive or Live Cloud to keep with the "Live" brand. Microsoft has more than enough brands to manage currently. SkyDrive is part of Microsoft Live accounts. They could choose to call it something else. There's Xbox branding, but that doesn't make any sense. There's Office branding... ehh... There's Windows...
    but Live is already there and makes sense.
  • My name is DataSpace, Microsoft DataSpace. What do folks think about that?
  • SkypeDrive should be the new name.
  • The funniest thing will be to read all these comments AFTER microsoft gets the ne official name for it. WPCentral could give some prize for the winner :)))))
  • I would call it a SpamDrive or MyBarn or DarkShed
  • Oops
  • Second thought, call the service Halo lol. Or Halo drive, or Microsoft Halo. "oh, let me upload that to my Halo!" lol
  • Dirt Drive. :-)
  • What happened to Microsoft's balls? They need to start fighting back instead of becoming that company that gets pissed on and takes it.
    And I like the suggestions I've seen for "OneDrive."
    Or how about "SyncLife"?
  • OneDrive.
    One Drive, accessable from anywhere. One Drive, on every device.
    One Drive, working with OneNote. OneDrive, accessable from the Xbox One.
    One Drive to rule them all.
    Please Microsoft, make it happen <3  
  • Microsoft cloud Partition? everyone who works on a computer knows what this means and in most cases its used for backing stuff up. trying to keep sky or live in it makes it difficult.
  • "xDrive" kills it for me.
  • How about SKYpeDrive. Haha.
  • SKYpeDrive, SkypeDrive.
  • Sky-peDrive
  • SoftDrive. You have a hard drive. You need a soft drive in the cloud.
  • How in GOD's green earth can a company patent an english language word and claim it as their own. I would think the creator of the English language has a case against BSkyB if he were alive. Maybe we should file a class action lawsuit against BSkyB for stealing a word to themselves that was not theirs to steal in the first place. I would think the english language holds the highest patent on a word and that nobody has any right to tell anyone they can't use a word. What... If I say; 'What a beautiful "Sky" today!" Am I now open to a lawsuit for putting "Sky" into a context and speaking the word without refering to BSkyB? This is absurd and something really needs to be done about these patents. Apple suing Samsung because Apple thinks it has the right to rounded corners? Everyone who makes a trapper keeper or binder lookout because Apple can sue you even though you have been making them since the 70s. You had the original PIM and now Apple thinks you are violating their PIM style. Someone needs to stand up and say flat out... if your patent is absurdly trying to corner a market on a generic look or word it will flat out be denied and thrown out of court. Patents are for inventions and original ideas to protect the person who thought up a legitamate idea from having his idea stolen, not looks or general words in a language. If you invent a new color, OK call it what you want and patent that color great. If you invent a new word never used before by anyone "NarfleGator" then great patent that! If you invent a new shape never before seen or used in the history of mankind, OK patent that, but if it's nothing new or a standard word, your a moron for even filing a patent.
    It is stiffling progress if anyone who has an idea is afraid to pursue their dreams out of fear of being sued using a generic word or design.
    For me, I love SKYDRIVE. And I will forever refer to Microsofts CLOUD services as SKYDRIVE. So take that BSKYB!
  • Microsoft Outdrive...just like Microsoft Outlook. Outlook will be for e-mail and Outdrive will be for storage.
  • Sky Now trademark this^
  • Spacedrive
  • MyDrive