SkyDrive App for Windows Phone and iPhone launched

Microsoft today announced the release of apps for the Windows Phone and iPhone platform, that will let users interact with SkyDrive very conveniently. The cloud storage service has now decided to provide its Microsoft and non-Microsoft users a different way to access and share files by releasing SkyDrive apps for both Windows Phone and iPhone devices, intended to complement SkyDrive.com’s existing mobile interface.

The app will allow you to manage, upload, download, and share files without having to use the service’s HTML5-based web app. Apart from sharing, the application will also allow its users to choose whether they would like a particular shared file to be editable or just viewable by others.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango users will be able to share photos stored on SkyDrive via email, text, or IM, use Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with SkyDrive files, and even keep their phone’s camera roll up-to-date on SkyDrive automatically.

For iPhone, the application will be available in 32 languages worldwide. In addition to their OneNote notebooks, iPhone customers will have access to all of their files in SkyDrive. They will be able to create folders, delete files, and share links to folders/files directly using the Mail app.

Windows Phone SkyDrive App Features:

  • Browse your entire SkyDrive including files shared with you
  • View recently used documents
  • Upload your pictures
  • Share a link to any file using email
  • Create folders. Delete files or folders

At present, SkyDrive offers 25GB of free storage and is available for free to anyone with a Hotmail, Messenger, and Windows Live ID. First time users are required to sign up for a new account at SkyDrive.com to easily upload files from their PC or Mac to access them on their phone.

Phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or greater can now download the SkyDrive app for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace. For iOS devices 4.0 or greater, SkyDrive can be downloaded from the iTunes.app store.

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