Microsoft to Roll Out SkyDrive App for Android
Article by George Norman
On 15 Aug 2012
Microsoft announced that a few weeks from now it will roll out an official SkyDrive app for Android-powered mobile devices.

At the time of writing this there is no SkyDrive app to use on your Android-powered smartphone, an inconvenience that will soon be addressed by Microsoft. The Redmond-based software giant announced that in just a few weeks, a new official SkyDrive will be released for all the Android users out there. This new app will let Android users access, upload and share data from their mobile devices.


“Today, as part of making sure SkyDrive is available to all Windows customers, we’re excited to announce that an official SkyDrive app for Android phones will be available in just a few weeks,” announced Omar Shahine and Mike Torres, group program managers for SkyDrive. “The Android app is similar to our mobile apps for Windows Phone and iOS and allows you to browse your SkyDrive, upload files to SkyDrive, as well as share SkyDrive files with “Send a link.” You'll also be able to open SkyDrive files from other apps, as well as upload, save, and share to SkyDrive from other apps.”

The release of SkyDrive for Android is part of a larger SkyDrive update that includes the following:
  • The introduction of a new, modern design for that comes with instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML5 sorting.
  • Faster uploads, under the hood performance improvements, and numerous bug fixes for SkyDrive fro Windows and Mac OS X desktops.
  • Apps created by developers using the SkyDrive API have the ability to access any type of file in a user’s Skydrive. A new file picker API for websites will be released.

“With these updates and continued improvements to our back-end infrastructure, we’re excited to leave preview and unlock new possibilities for a billion customers with the upcoming releases of Windows 8, the new Office, and tons of devices and apps that connect to SkyDrive,” said Omar Shahine and Mike Torres.

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