Microsoft Launches SkyDrive Apps for Windows Phone and iPhone

Microsoft has released mobile version of its SkyDrive cloud service for Windows Phone and the Apple’s iPhone. The new apps release comes on the heels of the recent updates of Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service. People are becoming more dependent on their smartphones, and the software giant says it designed the apps to answer to a growing need for accessing files on-the-go.

“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’s Mike Torres said in a blog post.

The recent release of Windows Phone codenamed “Mango” featured deep integration with SkyDrive through the Pictures and Office Hubs, enabling users to share photos, email, text, or IM or use Office apps  with SkyDrive files. However, this level of integration was not sufficient for users who wanted “the full SkyDrive experience from Windows Phone.”

From now on, Windows Phone 7.5 users will be able to download the SkyDrive app from the Windows Phone Marketplace and use all the features of Microsoft’s personal cloud service, including access to SkyDrive folders, sharing links to folders or files, deleting files, and creating folders, right on their mobile phone.  The SkyDrive mobile app is available in every country and region where Windows Phone is offered.

Microsoft has also made the SkyDrive app available in the iTunes App Store for iOS users. The iPhone and the Windows Phone version of the app share the same functionality.

“On the iPhone, we’ve taken the next step by making the new SkyDrive app for iPhone available in 32 languages worldwide,” Torres said. “In addition to their OneNote notebooks, iPhone customers can now access all of their files in SkyDrive, create folders, delete files, and share links to folders and files directly using the Mail app.”

Offering 25 GB of free storage space, SkyDrive will be a direct competitor to similar services such as Dropbox which initially gives users only 2 GB of free storage and later requires referrals in order for users to increase their free space.

Watch the video below to learn more about the features of the new SkyDrive app for iPhone.

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