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A UK court recently ruled that Microsoft’s SkyDrive name infringed on a trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB), and the software maker has agreed to change the name of its cloud-based service worldwide as a result. In a settlement issued on Wednesday, BSkyB notes that Microsoft will not appeal the court ruling and that the company will allow Microsoft to continue using the brand “for a reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transition to a new brand.”
The agreement includes financial and other terms, but neither BSkyB or Microsoft will disclose the details as the agreement is confidential. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the name change to The Verge. “We’re glad to have resolution of this naming dispute,…
Microsoft is rolling out a number of changes to its SkyDrive cloud-based storage service this week. While the service has long supported high resolution imagery, including RAW files, SkyDrive will now measure the DPI scale of a device and display a higher resolution photo and thumbnail. Not all browsers support high DPI yet, but the subtle change should improve the viewing experience over time.
Alongside the DPI improvements, Microsoft is finally supporting animated GIFs in SkyDrive. While you’ve been able to store the GIF format on SkyDrive, it was never animated when shared via the service. That’s now been rectified, and Microsoft is also improving the way users share documents and folders from the service. You can now select multiple…
A UK court has ruled that Microsoft’s SkyDrive product infringes on a trademark owned by the British Sky Broadcasting Group, which operates under the name Sky. The ruling is valid across the entire European Union and could force Microsoft to pay for use of the SkyDrive name, or in a worst-case scenario, to rebrand the service throughout most of Europe. In part, the ease of confusion between SkyDrive’s cloud services and Sky’s broadband services led the England and Wales High Court to rule in favor of Sky, which holds the the “Sky” trademark for matters of software and digital communications within the EU.
While many can tell the difference between Sky TV services and Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage, that’s not necessarily true for everyone. A British court certainly thinks there’s room for confusion: it has ruled that SkyDrive infringes BSkyB’s trademarks on the Sky name in both the UK and the European Union. The presiding judge didn’t believe that Microsoft’s use of the “sky” prefix was absolutely necessary, and she showed evidence that at least some of the general public didn’t understand which company made what. Microsoft says it plans to appeal the verdict, although there’s no guarantee that it will have to relabel SkyDrive if the appeal falls through. Some past trademark lawsuits have led to fines instead of name changes, and we suspect Microsoft would rather pay out than lose brand recognition across a whole continent.
Consumer apps for Microsoft’s consumer cloud storage solution have been available for some time, but the enterprise version, SkyDrive Pro, now has a duo of applications up for grabs, too. iOS and Windows 8 users can now snag free downloads from the Windows Store and App Store, respectively, letting you take content offline, organize files, and upload and share on the go.
Source: Office 365
There are plenty of cloud storage options out there which offer some initial amount of free space — including Dropbox (2GB), Google Drive (5GB), Box (5GB) and Microsoft Skydrive (7GB). While these services usually provide additional free storage via referrals and special deals (bundled with device purchases for example), Microsoft is doing something different with Skydrive by gifting students an extra 3GB of free space for one year. If you have a valid .edu email address you can visit the URL below to receive a free storage code. The offer is limited to one per person and the code must be redeemed before December 31st 2013. It’s unclear what happens to your data after the year’s over but it presumably remains available in read-only form. Considering the price of tuition, this deal isn’t quite as juicy as getting 100GB of free space for two years on Google Drive with the purchase of a Chromebook — still it’s a no brainer.
Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service may soon be getting support for 3D panoramas using Photosynth technology. Earlier in May, Microsoft updated SkyDrive with an emphasis on photos, creating a chronologically ordered “All Photos” view and accepting full-resolution uploads from Windows Phone 8. Now, the highly reliable LiveSide reports that SkyDrive will also allow users to upload and view 3D panoramas. The new feature will be based on Photosynth’s toolset, supporting interactive panoramas stitched together from photos and videos.
LiveSide notes that it’s not clear whether SkyDrive will support synths, a kind of inverse panorama that captures multiple sides of a single building or other object. We also don’t have any word on when…
Microsoft announced on Thursday that it has now completed its Hotmail to Outlook.com upgrade. Over 400 million active accounts are now using the service, with Microsoft having migrated 150 petabytes of email data in just over six weeks. Alongside the milestone, Outlook.com is getting two new features: SMTP send and improved SkyDrive integration.
Improved SkyDrive integration and SMTP send
SMTP send allows Outlook.com accounts to send email directly through another email account’s SMTP server. In the past Outlook.com has supported this by using a “send on behalf” feature, but now email will send directly to recipients. “We knew this was a pain point for some people,” explains Microsoft’s Dick Craddock. “So now we’ve made it so that…
Microsoft and Apple have been locked in a battle over Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud-storage app for iOS. The two companies were originally sparring over a 30 percent cut of revenue from SkyDrive storage purchases through Microsoft’s iOS app, leaving it lacking updates since June 1st last year. Microsoft previously confirmed it was “in contact with Apple regarding the matter,” and It appears that the differences have now been settled. Microsoft revealed today that an updated version of its iOS SkyDrive app is now available to download.
The latest version 3.0 app update brings iPhone 5 and iPad Mini compatibility along with a refreshed look and feel. You can now download full resolution photos to an iPhone or iPad and also control the size…
Microsoft is updating its SkyDrive cloud storage service today to include document editing for non-Microsoft account users. In a blog post detailing the change, Microsoft’s Omar Shahine also reveals that the service is now storing over a billion Office documents. The new Office Web Apps feature lets you to share a document to other users who do not have a Microsoft account, allowing them to edit and save anonymously. Microsoft says the feature is a result of requests from users, in particular students, that wanted to collaborate on documents in a group. The feature is live now and you can access it from the share menu within an Office document on SkyDrive.
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