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Windows 7: OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide

19 Feb 2014   #1

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide

Today February 19th we are thrilled to announce the global availability of OneDrive. For our existing SkyDrive customers, you are all set; your files are ready in the new OneDrive experience. All you have to do is head over to and log in. For those of you hearing about the service for the first time, OneDrive gives you one place for all of your files, including photos, videos, and documents, and it’s available across the devices you use every day.

When we announced the new name OneDrive, we noted how it is much more aligned with our vision for the future. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to get all of your favorite stuff in one place—one place that is accessible via all of the devices you use every day, at home and at work. Because let’s face it, until now, cloud storage services have been pretty hard to use, and the vast majority of us still have our stuff spread out everywhere. In fact, according to a recent poll*, at least 77% of people who are familiar with the cloud still have content stored on a device that is not backed up elsewhere.

We want to change that.

As part of that goal, we’re doing more than just changing the name with today’s release: We’re rolling out several new capabilities, including automatic camera backup for Android and the ability to share and view videos just as easily as photos. We’ve also added new ways for you to earn more storage—on top of the 7 GB we already give you for free. Customers who refer friends can now receive up to 5 GB (in 500 MB increments) for each friend who accepts an invitation to OneDrive, and we’ll even give you 3 GB just for using the camera backup feature, since we want to help make sure you never lose another photo. There’s even a new monthly payment plan, if you’d like a little more flexibility in how you use your storage.

Of course, OneDrive also builds on everything you know and loved about SkyDrive.

Available across every major device and platform

We’ve built OneDrive into the latest versions of Windows, Windows Phone, Office, and Xbox. You can even make OneDrive your default storage option, so you never have to worry about whether you are saving files to the cloud: They are just there. If you happen to carry an iPhone or Android phone, or use an iPad, Android tablet, Windows device, or a Mac—OneDrive is available there, too.

The best way to store, view, and share photos and videos

The deep integration with so many of the products you already use means you never have to worry about manually saving your photos and videos. And no more trying to sort out what video format to use—it just works. Plus, Start screen integration with Windows 8.1, and even Xbox slide shows, means there are countless ways your favorite photos and those photos shared with you come to life. And with OneDrive, you can share photos or videos directly to Facebook or via email with one click. You can even record and share gameplay from your Xbox One.

Perfect for sharing documents

OneDrive is built in to Office as the default save location, so you can see the recent documents you were working on and pick up right where you left off, even if you switch devices. With real-time co-authoring using the free online version of Office in OneDrive, you can work on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents simultaneously with colleagues or family, and see edits as they happen in the latest version of the document.

Built for businesses, too

With OneDrive for Business, companies can give their employees the ability to store, sync, and collaborate on files across multiple devices with ease, manageability, and security. Not only does OneDrive for Business deliver an intuitive experience for employees, allowing them to seamlessly collaborate on documents right from within Office, but it is also backed with enterprise-grade content management, compliance, and administrative controls. Stay tuned for more about OneDrive for Business at the upcoming SharePoint Conference.

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.

We are excited to share OneDrive with you today, and look forward to hearing what you think. For more details on how to get started, including step by step instructions, just visit

Chris Jones
Corporate Vice President, Windows Services

Source: OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide: Free Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS, and Android Devices | OneDrive Blog

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19 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 10 Workstation x64

When I login to "One Drive" I just go straight to the old "Sky Drive"
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19 Feb 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Stick With Google
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19 Feb 2014   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
When I login to "One Drive" I just go straight to the old "Sky Drive"
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19 Feb 2014   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


After losing the battle of the rights to use SkyDrive name, I give kudos to Microsoft for finding a good name to replace the one they were no longer allowed to use. Although OneDrive is nothing but a new name for SkyDrive, it IMO captures the one essential thing I like most in it: one "drive" to save your data accessed from any device.

I'm really fond of SkyDrive OneDrive. For both me and Angie I have created a OneDrive folder structure according our respective needs and all libraries have a OneDrive folder set as default save folder. OneDrive desktop app takes care of auto sync, to allow access to data also when offline, to be synced again when next time online.

It really makes things easy. Wherever I am, whatever device I am using, I have a fast and easy access to same docs, pics and other stuff.

I like it!

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19 Feb 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
When I login to "One Drive" I just go straight to the old "Sky Drive"
Maybe they should call it "Reverse Drive" ?
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19 Feb 2014   #7

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

I'm sure this kind of service is very valuable to some (see Kari's post) but for me........ I'll just keep my back ups and files where I always have.... in an external or two. My situation is a little different than most in that I travel most of the year. It would SEEM that something like this would be right up my alley huh? But I confess to the "fear of the cloud". The small amount of time it takes me to plug in and access a portable drive is nothing compared to the peace of mind I have knowing my data is safe, secure and within reach.
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19 Feb 2014   #8
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

My photos go straight to SkyDrive from my Nokia Lumia by default. I do though send them to Dropbox as well, the main reason there is whenever I've tried to upload a photo from my SkyDrive into a forum it tells me it can't do it as it's not a valid file, I have no problems with doing it via Dropbox.
I still back up to external as well plus burn to DVD, in fact I was looking through some DVD's and CD's the other day and saw photo's I forgot I'd got.
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19 Feb 2014   #9

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
the main reason there is whenever I've tried to upload a photo from my SkyDrive into a forum it tells me it can't do it as it's not a valid file, I have no problems with doing it via Dropbox.
The believe the reason is you need to view the original and simply copy and paste "in the message body" or copy the url and paste it in the image insert option,
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19 Feb 2014   #10

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

I downloaded the new OneDrive Android app so that I could try out the new feature of auto camera backup/upload and get an extra 3 GB of storage. I signed up with SkyDrive pretty early on when they gave 25G of storage so I figure 28G of free storage is not a bad deal.

Anyway, I installed the app on my phone and turned on camera backup, the app indicated it backed up my Android "Camera Roll" folder but, so far, I have not been given the promised additional 3G of additional storage. Has anybody been able to get the extra storage?

BTW, when I first installed the app and it attempted to do the camera backup, my phone was plugged into my PC via USB cable and the app complained that there needed to be an SD card installed and the phone couldn't be in USB storage mode. Once I unplugged the USB cable, the backup proceeded without incident.
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