Missing the skydrive app on your iPhone?
Well, you don’t have to, because the app is back on the Apple app store with some new features.
Almost a year ago, apple had removed the app from its app store over some revenue sharing issues. Finally, looks like the company has found a work around to this problem and the new version 3.0 is available for all apple devices on the iTunes store.
The new version fixes some bugs and improves screen resolution to support iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The update would also include some design changes aimed to make it similar to Microsoft’s other online services like Outlook and Outlook calendar. As a result when you start using the app you will get a similar blue feel as you get while using outlook, which is not bad in our opinion.
The update also improves the photo management of the app. With this update, you can download full resolution pictures directly to your iPhones and iPads. You can even control the size of the pictures that you upload on to the skydrive or download to your device. The update will further enhance compatibility with other apps on your device while you open or save a file to the skydrive.
Since its launch on the iTunes store, Skydrive was becoming popular among the users, but due to an issue related to the revenue shared by Apple and Microsoft, Apple decided to block the app from the store. Now what made the apple bring back the app to the store is unknown, but we have a guess that Microsoft is finally using a trick that Amazon has been using for its Kindle apps for iOS devices. As a standard policy, Apple charges 30% of the revenue earned by in app purchases on the app store. But with this new update, you don’t get an option to upgrade within the app. Instead clicking on the upgrade button would take you to a browser version which I guess is allowed by Apple.
So, this would mean that Microsoft would not have to pay the hefty 30% charge to Apple and Apple would be happy because Microsoft is not breaking any rules with this trick.
A recent statement from Microsoft is given below:
“We worked with Apple to create a solution that benefited our mutual customers. The SkyDrive app for iOS is slightly different than other SkyDrive apps in that people interested in buying additional storage will do so via the web versus in the app.”
Finally both the companies managed to settle their disputes and now the iOS customer can benefit from having the option to choose from dropbox, iCloud and Skydrive for their cloud storage requirements.