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Now that Microsoft has been forced to rebrand SkyDrive over a trademark dispute, the Windows maker appears to be beefing up its cloud storage service to better compete with the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive.
The Verge is reporting that Microsoft OneDrive won't simply be a rebranding of the company's current SkyDrive service, but will dole out up to 8GB of extra cloud storage just for sharing with friends.
According to LiveSide, Microsoft plans to entice new users into the fold by giving current users an additional 500MB for every friend they refer to OneDrive, capping off at a maximum of 10 friends or 5GB. The friends will also receive 500MB in free storage, so it works out well for both parties.
But that's only the first change for OneDrive: Microsoft is also planning an additional bonus storage offer worth up to 3GB of space for users who automatically upload their camera roll from the iOS, Android or Windows Phone apps.
OneDrive is also said to launch with a "co-owner folder feature" similar to what Dropbox offers, which would allow OneDrive users to share and edit files across synced folders. This feature is described as being more robust than SkyDrive's current folder sharing.
There's no word on exactly when Microsoft will pull the trigger on the OneDrive rebranding, but it sounds like it may be worth waiting for -- especially for users who have already managed to nab a significant amount of cloud storage space from SkyDrive to begin with.
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