Just a short heads up: Microsoft is deadly serious about SkyDrive becoming the consumer cloud storage tool of choice. The product will be a key part of Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 I suspect. However, Microsoft knows that to be truly mass market, all platforms must be supported.
To that end, the company today release a SkyDrive application for Android. This move is not a surprise, it had been announced as intention, but today the app has landed.
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SkyDrive provides consumers with a full 7 gigabytes of storage, making it one of the larger repositories open to the average user. However, now that Outlook.com’s email tool has unlimited storage, exactly how much a straight up gigabyte comparison matters is up to your judgement.
From its post, here’s what the SkyDrive app for Android can do:
- Access your SkyDrive—documents, photos, and other files, plus the files other people have shared with you.
- View recently used documents.
- Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
- Share your files and photos—send a link in email or in another app.
- Open your SkyDrive files from other Android apps.
- Easily manage your files—delete or create new folders.
It does exactly what you would expect, in other words.
A final note: SkyDrive is a service that feels like it will be a key component of the larger Microsoft Internet strategy. How it will fit across platforms and devices isn’t perfectly clear, but how Microsoft integrates it will give us a view into its strategy. In a small way, as SkyDrive goes, so might go Microsoft’s other Internet tools. And today, it went Android.