Microsoft confirmed in a blog post it is making SkyDrive, the company’s cloud storage service, available on Android devices for free. The company previously release SkyDrive apps for iOS and its own Windows Phone mobile OS.
If you’re going to be storying photos in the cloud on an Android device, then SkyDrive may be just for you
Microsoft isn’t just offering SkyDrive on a first-party devices, a good move because it means users won’t have to buy the device they may not want. The cloud storage is available on Android devices for free, so what’s Microsoft bringing?
Basic functionality is here. You can browse and access documents, photos, and more files Microsoft didn’t specify in the post. Documents can be opened and files shared can also eb seen. Multiple photos and videos can be also uploaded from phones, while files and folder can be shared by a link or an e-mail in-apps. There’s also the option to open SkyDive files from non-SkyDrive apps and users can delete or create new folders.
On making SkyDrive available on Android along with iOS and Windows Phone Microsoft said that the app is similar to the experience on the competitor’s platforms, and is a key part of making SkyDrive files are accessible from multiple types of devices.
Giving Modern UI Wider Audiences
Though despite Microsoft building a consistent experience in terms of functionality, it aimed to combine the new Modern UI in Windows 8/Windows Phone and the Android experience. The result is an app with definite nods to its source material, though it functions like users would expect an Android app to function.
SkyDrive is good cloud storage, available for free with the option to pay a cost. Google Drive is cheaper, and offers less storage, while Dropbox is also free to use initially. Ultimately SkyDrive is going to be beneficial for users invested into Microsoft’s products. If you want an app looking just like the Windows 8 Modern UI app, then you’re probably better off heading to Windows Phone.
SkyDrive for Android is available to download now, for free, via Google Play. iOS and Windows Phone versions are also free. You’ll need Android 2.3 Gingerbread or above to run SkyDrive, though it’s designed for 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (and presumably works fine on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean).