Microsoft OneDrive is Available Now

Microsoft OneDrive is Available Now

SkyDrive's rebrand to OneDrive is complete, and the revamped Microsoft service is available now.

Microsoft OneDrive Smartphone

Microsoft's new-ish OneDrive service is available around the world today, and the cloud storage service is taking cues from some of its more established competitors.

OneDrive is replacing SkyDrive for Microsoft, and the desktop, tablet, and mobile app offers 7 GB of free storage for any and all users. Additional free storage is available via several Dropbox-esque means, like referring friends (up to 5 GB), and activating automatic camera backup from smartphones and tablets (another 3 GB). You can also purchase more storage -- 50, 100, and 200 GB -- at an annual rate. IF you're already an Office 365 customer, you automatically get 100 GB of OneDrive space for free.

Current SkyDrive users have nothing to fear, and their service will be largely uninterrupted. SkyDrive files are safe and sound in OneDrive, and you can use your SkyDrive username and password on the new site without jumping through any hoops.

While the "new" service seems to be checking the right boxes in regards to features, pricing and storage options, getting users entrenched in competing service like Dropbox (including yours truly) is going to be a challenge. With that in mind, Microsoft will be giving away one year of 100 GB of storage to 100,000 users, with clues and contest info available via the OneDrive Twitter account.

As far as the rebrand goes, expect to see some SkyDrive remnants in Microsoft services for the time being. As ZDNet points out, "The SkyDrive services that are built into Windows and Office won't be updating to OneDrive until the 'next major release' of those platforms."

If you're on the SkyDrive/OneDrive bandwagon, let us know how the transition is going in the comments.

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Microsoft, have you learned nothing?
We don't like your stupid tiles. Stop it!

Theminimanx:
Microsoft, have you learned nothing?
We don't like your stupid tiles. Stop it!

On desktop, sure. But on mobile devices, the tiles are actually great.

Even then, I haven't had to use a single tile since the 8.1 update on my desktop, so I'm not sure what you're complaining about...

Mr.Tea:

Theminimanx:
Microsoft, have you learned nothing?
We don't like your stupid tiles. Stop it!

On desktop, sure. But on mobile devices, the tiles are actually great.

Even then, I haven't had to use a single tile since the 8.1 update on my desktop, so I'm not sure what you're complaining about...

That, judging by the trailer, tiles are also being used on the pc version of OneDrive for no good reason.
Though I will admit, tiles for mobile devices sound pretty good.

us and canada only.... figures. Oh how I sometimes tire of living in the socialist soviet republic of Denmark.

Ha, Google offer 15gb in their cloud service, you can also buy up to 16tb of space. No Microsoft, I have found better services.

Evil Smurf:
Ha, Google offer 15gb in their cloud service, you can also buy up to 16tb of space. No Microsoft, I have found better services.

I use Dropbox, Skydrive (now OneDrive) and Google Drive. And while Google gives the most space, its services is actually the worst. Dropbox wins there hands down, so i turned to use google drive for storage only. As much as onedrive is silly looking and now silly named it works quite well as file hosting/making file available for you everywhere.

O maestre:
us and canada only.... figures. Oh how I sometimes tire of living in the socialist soviet republic of Denmark.

Um what? i have been using it here in Lithuania for years.

Strazdas:

O maestre:
us and canada only.... figures. Oh how I sometimes tire of living in the socialist soviet republic of Denmark.

Um what? i have been using it here in Lithuania for years.

I was talking about the offer of free space, you can't get 100gb of free storage unless you live in US or Canada. An additional extra 100gb is given if you visit a Microsoft store and they only exist in the US an Canada

Next up, Microsoft launches it's new services - OneVision and OnePurpose.

O maestre:

Strazdas:

O maestre:
us and canada only.... figures. Oh how I sometimes tire of living in the socialist soviet republic of Denmark.

Um what? i have been using it here in Lithuania for years.

I was talking about the offer of free space, you can't get 100gb of free storage unless you live in US or Canada. An additional extra 100gb is given if you visit a Microsoft store and they only exist in the US an Canada

ah, since the article mentions no countries and i didnt click on the offer link i didnt knew what you were talking about.

Devin Connors:
SkyDrive's rebrand to OneDrive is complete, and the revamped Microsoft service is available now.

[quote="Devin Connors" post="7.842831.20740646"]OneDrive is replacing SkyDrive for Microsoft/quote]

So is it a rebranding of an old service or a new service? Come on now, consistency please.

Theminimanx:
Microsoft, have you learned nothing?
We don't like your stupid tiles. Stop it!

I like the new start menu. I can't go back to 7 on a personal computer. It's called adaptation.

That being said, the MS store and apps are for the most part, largely pointless, and should be removed.

On topic... I've already got Dropbox. For someone who's got a handful of small projects, just dumping your VS project folders in your DB is all you need to do, provided you have the same IDE across the board. If OneDrive can do the same thing, sure, it could be better with a larger storage cap, but it's not like I'm storing my "picture and video" collection on there, so there's really no need for more than 4.5GB.

 

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