Microsoft Releases SkyDrive Apps for Windows Phone and iOSby Andrew Cunningham on December 13, 2011 6:30 PM EST
Users of Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service now have another way to access and share their files - Microsoft today released SkyDrive apps for both Windows Phone and iOS devices, which are intended to complement SkyDrive.com's existing mobile interface.
The apps allow you to view all of the files and folders in your SkyDrive and those that have been shared with you by others. In both apps, you can view documents and pictures, create and delete folders, delete files, email links to files and folders (giving recipients either read-only or read-and-write permissions to the file), and download and upload pictures. Moving and renaming files and folders does not appear to be possible on either platform, however.
On Windows Phone, you can use other apps (like Office or Pictures) to achieve better integration with SkyDrive than on iOS - for example, the iOS version gives you no option to download or edit Office documents even if you have apps installed that will work with them. Ideally, I'd like to see options for opening files in other apps - for example the Dropbox iOS app, which serves a similar purpose, will offer to open Word documents in Pages if it's installed. Still, this app should prove useful to heavy SkyDrive users on either platform, and along with OneNote and the Xbox Live app it suggests that Microsoft is slowly committing to making nice-looking, useful apps for a major competitor's smartphone.
Both apps are available for free in the Windows and iOS app stores, and 25GB of SkyDrive storage is available for free to anyone with a Windows Live ID.
Source: Inside Windows Live