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MacRumors
Dec 13, 2011, 01:46 PM
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Microsoft has released an iPhone client app (http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2011/12/13/introducing-skydrive-for-iphone-and-windows-phone.aspx) for its SkyDrive (http://explore.live.com/skydrive) cloud-storage service. The app allows uploads of videos and photos to SkyDrive, as well as opening and managing files.
SkyDrive is your personal cloud for your documents, notes, photos and videos. Move your files into SkyDrive and immediately they're available from any web browser anywhere in the world. As we detailed a few days ago (http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2011/11/29/skydrive-gets-simple-app-centric-sharing-for-office-powerful-file-management-html5-upload-other-updates.aspx), there have been a number of recent updates to SkyDrive.com to improve how you share with others, manage your files and folders, and browse through your stuff blazingly fast utilizing the latest web technologies (like HTML5 and CSS3).

Yet as devices proliferate, having a great experience on the web is only one piece of a pretty complex puzzle. As people start to rely more on their smartphones, the need to be able to access files on-the-go is important. As we mentioned two weeks ago (http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/archive/2011/11/22/skydrive-designing-personal-cloud-storage-for-billions-of-people.aspx), we view device access as "table stakes" for personal cloud storage. People are choosing where to put their files based on how portable and accessible they are across the various devices they use; therefore, it's critical that we continue to extend the SkyDrive experience to the devices you use every day.Microsoft has released a number of iOS apps this week, including an official Xbox Live (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/07/official-xbox-live-app-hits-the-ipad-and-iphone/) app and Kinectimals (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/13/microsoft-tackles-ios-gaming-with-kinectimals/).

Cloud storage services Dropbox (http://appshopper.com/productivity/dropbox) and Apple's iDisk (http://appshopper.com/productivity/mobileme-idisk) service both have iOS client apps.

SkyDrive is available for the iPhone, free (http://appshopper.com/productivity/skydrive) from the App Store. [Direct Link (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skydrive/id477537958?mt=8)]

Article Link: Microsoft Releases SkyDrive Cloud Storage App for iPhone (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/12/13/microsoft-releases-skydrive-cloud-storage-app-for-iphone/)



Frozzie
Dec 13, 2011, 02:02 PM
It will be a question of 'when' MS will release Office for iOS not 'if', I am sure they have been extensively working on it for a very long time now - the only reason why they haven't released it is because of Windows Phone 7 (maybe they have already made it and are just holding from release).

Once we all know that WP7 has been a fail, Office iOS will definitely come. iOS is too big a market for MS to miss out.

bigcat318
Dec 13, 2011, 02:12 PM
Never heard of this before. Is ther an advantage to it over the offerings of Dropbox or is it more of a 'me too' app from MS?

Fafafoooey
Dec 13, 2011, 02:16 PM
Never heard of this before. Is ther an advantage to it over the offerings of Dropbox or is it more of a 'me too' app from MS?

From what is on MS' website, you get 25GB. Cannot buy more storage, yet, and everyone gets 25GB.

swiftaw
Dec 13, 2011, 02:17 PM
Now, anyone know if we can access Skydrive as a Network Drive through Finder on OSX (rather than through a browser).

bigcat318
Dec 13, 2011, 02:26 PM
From what is on MS' website, you get 25GB. Cannot buy more storage, yet, and everyone gets 25GB.

25GB certainly isn't bad for the low low price of free. Obviously better than 2GB from Dropbox. I wonder if it works as seemlessly.

GiantSteve
Dec 13, 2011, 02:26 PM
25 GB free storage on Microsoft's reliable cloud is great. I have a SkyDrive that I have used as a "digital attic" but now with the iOS app I will be able to make better utilization of it. But until (or if) it is as widely integrated into the app ecosystem as Dropbox it will not be my "go to" cloud storage vehicle.

swiftaw
Dec 13, 2011, 02:34 PM
I'm hoping I can use it to replace iDisk (since iDisk is going away in July) but unfortunately until I can access the SkyDrive through Finder on my Mac it's not going to be suitable.

MattG
Dec 13, 2011, 02:42 PM
Beautiful...we're rolling out Live@EDU to students where I work in a couple of weeks....they'll be happy to see this :)

DotCom2
Dec 13, 2011, 02:47 PM
WOW! AWESOME 25GB free storage!

edenwaith
Dec 13, 2011, 03:02 PM
Now, anyone know if we can access Skydrive as a Network Drive through Finder on OSX (rather than through a browser).

I've been looking at what is out there and similar to iDisk. I personally love having iDisk as a network drive, and the iOS app is wonderful, as well. iDisk is the #1 feature why I've shelled out for .mac and MobileMe for many years. However, if iDisk does go away and doesn't have a suitable replacement for Apple, I'll need to look at other options.

Dropbox is pretty nice, but I don't care for how there is only one folder which is synchronized.

morespce54
Dec 13, 2011, 03:06 PM
Just so you know, the MS SkyDrive service has been available for some times now. It's just the iOS app that is new...;)


But such services without any way to get access to it (in a non-web fashion) is... uninteresting.
So that makes this app more appealing.

wackymacky
Dec 13, 2011, 05:09 PM
Never heard of this before. Is ther an advantage to it over the offerings of Dropbox or is it more of a 'me too' app from MS?

It's been around now for about 5 years

WOW! AWESOME 25GB free storage!

puts Apple iCloud data allocation to shame! Shame!

Now, anyone know if we can access Skydrive as a Network Drive through Finder on OSX (rather than through a browser).

There are third party Apps that will sync with it and behave like a folder/mounted drive, trouble is though each bit in between you and your data is another party you have to trust, and reduces security.

firestarter
Dec 13, 2011, 11:02 PM
Microsoft's iOS team have been busy little bees, haven't they?

fhall1
Dec 14, 2011, 05:35 AM
I hope a native iPad app follows soon....the larger screen real estate would mek it really nice.

marc11
Dec 14, 2011, 05:52 AM
I've been looking at what is out there and similar to iDisk. I personally love having iDisk as a network drive, and the iOS app is wonderful, as well. iDisk is the #1 feature why I've shelled out for .mac and MobileMe for many years. However, if iDisk does go away and doesn't have a suitable replacement for Apple, I'll need to look at other options.

Dropbox is pretty nice, but I don't care for how there is only one folder which is synchronized.

You can creat sym links and sync any folder or sub folder to Dropbox you want.

swiftaw
Dec 14, 2011, 09:53 AM
You can creat sym links and sync any folder or sub folder to Dropbox you want.

My problem with using Dropbox as a replacement for iDisk is two-fold. Firstly, not enough storage space. Secondly, they've had some well documented security issues.

jent
Dec 14, 2011, 11:08 AM
I've been looking at what is out there and similar to iDisk. I personally love having iDisk as a network drive, and the iOS app is wonderful, as well. iDisk is the #1 feature why I've shelled out for .mac and MobileMe for many years. However, if iDisk does go away and doesn't have a suitable replacement for Apple, I'll need to look at other options.
I'm in the exact same boat. Is there a Mac application made by Microsoft to access the SkyDrive? Or a way to access it through the Finder?