SkyDrive Changing To OneDrive Isn’t Great News For Developers

Microsoft is changing the name of its SkyDrive cloud storage service to OneDrive. That’s going to create an issue for developers who have integrated SkyDrive saving into their Windows applications.

Microsoft’s official blog post announcing the change contains some blather about the service offering “one place that is seamlessly connected across the devices you love”, but sidesteps the real reason for the switch: it was involved in a legal dispute with UK pay TV broadcaster BSkyB over the name. We’re told the service name will change “soon” (though not when), and that the transition process will be “smooth”.

One aspect that’s likely to be fiddly is changing existing Windows apps which use SkyDrive (something Microsoft actively encourages. The code to do that often explicitly references SkyDrive by name. While Microsoft can probably get away with keeping the old references for compatibility for a while, it’s still a nuisance.

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