Friday, 2 August 2013

Microsoft may change the SkyDrive name due to a lawsuit

British Sky Broadcasting Group filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for trademark infringement over the SkyDrive name.

Microsoft is in a soup yet again. British Sky Broadcasting Group filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for trademark infringement. Microsoft's cloud server based file sharing service SkyDrive is covered under this lawsuit. The Verge reported that British Sky Broadcasting Group and Microsoft have come to an agreement but decided to keep it confidential. It is quite likely that Microsoft will have to change the SkyDrive service name entirely.

Microsoft was in trouble for using the Metro user interface but got sued by German company Metro AG for using the word in the marketing and branding of Windows 8 as well as Windows Phone 8. Following that, Microsoft stopped using the word Metro for its user interface, which has been nameless since.

British Sky Broadcasting has been offering services in the UK - Sky Movies, Sky One and Sky Sports. The same company has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft for using SkyDrive branding and services.

Neither of the companies have disclosed the terms of the agreement. A Microsoft spokesperson noted, "We're glad to have resolution of this naming dispute, and will continue to deliver the great service our hundreds of millions of customers expect, providing the best way to always have your files with you."

We won't be surprised if Microsoft suddenly changes the SkyDrive name to something else in the near future.

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