When Microsoft unveiled the new user interface design for its SkyDrive cloud storage service earlier this August, the Redmond company also stated that it would be soon bringing the service to users of Android devices.
Some time later, Microsoft fulfilled its promise by launching the official SkyDrive app for Android on Google Play. The same service is also available for iOS and Windows Phone users.
SkyDrive for Android requires a minimum of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to function, but Microsoft notes that it is optimized for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
SkyDrive allows users to access the files they have on SkyDrive along with those that other users have shared with them. Users can also upload files such as videos and photos to their SkyDrive account. With the convenience of their mobile device, users can manage their files through the creation and deletion of folders. They can also use it to share their files with others through e-mail or the use of a separate app. Lastly, they can use SkyDrive to acces their files on other Android apps. One downside to this app is that it does not save files in a cache if users would like to access them while they are offline.
Despite the fact that Android and iOS are competitors to the Windows platform, Microsoft is exerting efforts in bringing these services to its consumers who are using these operating systems. Apart from SkyDrive, for instance, Microsoft has also launched OneNote for these platforms.
SkyDrive is but one of the many cloud storage services currently available for Android users. Among the others are SugarSync, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Meanwhile, Apple users have their own Apple-branded service called iCloud. Skydrive’s edge over these is its offer of up to 7GB of free storage space and a relatively cheaper price for those who need more.
Download Skydrive here.