Today’s the day, folks! Redmond has officially relaunched its cloud based storage service, with the name OneDrive, instead of SkyDrive as it was previously known.
This is to settle the trademark dispute that recently took place in the United Kingdom.
Microsoft now provides 7GB of free space to OneDrive users, but is giving away an additional 3GB when they activate the camera roll backup to automatically save photos to their accounts. Users can also receive an additional 5GB for each friend they refer to the service.
This post on the official OneDrive blog has all the details, including a limited time offer of 100GB free storage for 1 year for 100,00 people:
“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.”
Plus, to mark the occasion, the company has also released the first OneDrive commercial. The ad describes some of the key features of the rebranded cloud storage service, and points out that fans now have one place that they can use to store everything in their life.
You can watch the video below:
OneDrive is, obviously, going to be offered very similar to SkyDrive, with free storage and tiered premium plans. Microsoft is also updating the official apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, and the refreshed apps are showing up on their respective stores as of this writing.
These apps now come with support for automatic camera uploads, larger thumbnails, and enhanced photo viewing, to go with bug fixes and other such improvements.