Microsoft has to rename SkyDrive – Do you use it?
According to a recent court ruling, valid across the entire European Union, Microsoft’s SkyDrive product infringes on a trademark owned by the British Sky Broadcasting Group. Microsoft will not appeal the court ruling and BskyB will allow Microsoft to continue using the brand “for a reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transition to a new brand.”
For Microsoft, one option would have been paying for the rights of the name, but according to the latest confirmation by their spokesperson, they will rename their cloud services sooner or later.
No matter how it’s called though, SkyDrive is a useful service from Microsoft, allowing you to store 7 GB of data and access it from anywhere. And with an easy trick, you can map your cloud folder on your local computer for an even easier access.
All you need to do is log in with your Microsoft credentials on the skydrive.live.com website. Once logged in, right-click on the Files link, and copy the shortcut in a text document. Keep the long ID after the cid= part at the end.
Now, open your Windows browser, right-click on My Computer and choose Map network drive. On the dialogue box that comes up, type https://d.docs.live.net/ and the long number you have copied from the SkyDrive website. That’s it! Upon access, you will need to provide your user name and password once again, but these details can be saved.
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