Microsoft brings SkyDrive and Kinectimals to iOS

It's a big day for iOS fans who use Microsoft's SkyDrive services. Today, Microsoft released a fully native SkyDrive app that lets iPhone users enjoy all of the service's features. And that's not all; Microsoft also released their first game for Apple's mobile platform today as well, a portable version of their popular Kinectimals.

So, why would iOS users want to use SkyDrive when they already have Apple's iCloud baked into their devices? For starters, SkyDrive comes with several features not offered by competing services, such as in the cloud integration with Microsoft Office, including the ability to create and edit documents without any installed software. Microsoft also released a version of OneNote for iPad yesterday (an version for iPhone has been out for about a year), which syncs with users' SkyDrive account.

The SkyDrive app for iOS doesn't support creating Word, PowerPoint or Excel documents right now, although you can view them. Since SkyDrive is playing an increasingly important role in Microsoft's strategy lately, we wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft didn't release iOS versions of those apps sometime in the near future.

SkyDrive for iOS lets users upload photos and videos from their device, which can then be viewed and downloaded from their PC or other devices. You can also create, delete and manage folders inside the app, and share the documents with other users via Hotmail.

On the less serious end of the spectrum, Microsoft also released Kinectimals for iOS today as well. Based on the game of the same name for their Kinect enabled Xbox 360 console, it lets players take their pets with them on the go, and offers a standalone experience for people who don't have the console version of the game. Console gamers will be able to unlock five new cubs in the full version of the game.

Both apps, as well as Microsoft's new OneNote app for iPad, are available on Apple's App Store right now. SkyDrive is free, but Kinectimals will set you back $2.99. It's interesting to see Microsoft increasing their support for Apple's platforms (Android is getting slightly less love, as reported by Silicon Republic), but it's not exactly new. They've been offering Office for the Mac for ages now, and it remains a profitable side of their business, so it's not too surprising to see them taking a similar approach in mobile.

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OH just get it over with already..

Microsoft buy Apple, what are you waiting for??!?!? Apple prepare to be boarded!
haha..

Why the dance routine... just get married already, sheesh.

Futuristic1 said,
office for mac,so now it's time microsoft office for iOS...make sense!

Why would iOS uses need Office when they have iWork?

neo158 said,

Why would iOS uses need Office when they have iWork?

The same could be said for the Mac, but they both co-exist (quite profitably, I understand) on those platforms, so why not on iOS?

THolman said,

The same could be said for the Mac, but they both co-exist (quite profitably, I understand) on those platforms, so why not on iOS?

True, but that's the Mac. Would iOS users really want to pay for something Windows Phone users get for free?

Tyler Holman
Since SkyDrive is playing an increasingly important role in Microsoft's strategy lately, we wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft didn't release iOS versions of those apps sometime in the near future.

Can you please clarify this statement? Are you or are you not expecting Microsoft to release Office applications for iOS?

ryanmcv said,

Can you please clarify this statement? Are you or are you not expecting Microsoft to release Office applications for iOS?

Well, we don't have any insider knowledge, but since we've got OneNote, and since they're definitely going to keep supporting iOS, it would be understandable if they did. But, who knows?

Still waiting for WP7 version of SkyDrive... Thats pretty sad MS is all i have to say... UNless iTunes verification process is quicker than WP7

brent3000 said,
Still waiting for WP7 version of SkyDrive... Thats pretty sad MS is all i have to say... UNless iTunes verification process is quicker than WP7

It's up, now.

Wow, I just got a Windows Phone for the reason of it having these features (Xbox, Office, Skydrive). Now I'm beginning to wonder what it does that's actually special.

Enron said,
Wow, I just got a Windows Phone for the reason of it having these features (Xbox, Office, Skydrive). Now I'm beginning to wonder what it does that's actually special.

Well in the case of Xbox Live, Skydrive and Office they're all built into Windows Phone and integrated into the various hubs and sharing features, and tend to be more featured filled than their iOS counterparts.

For the Skydrive part, it can automatically back up all your camera shots to skydrive, and automatically pull all your skydrive pics into the pictures hub. For Xbox Live, you can earn achievements, and control your Xbox (with an app), and for Office - well you've got the most of the staples in OneNote, Word, Excel and Powerpoint (if pretty basic and not very useful).

GP007 said,
The Windows Phone 7 version of the Skydrive app is coming as well.

The Windows Phone Skydrive app is on the Marketplace now

efjay said,
Ok, reasons to buy a WP7 again?

Well, the iOS apps don't have metro, but then again I'm not sure how that would blend in with the rest of Apple's UI.

efjay said,
Ok, reasons to buy a WP7 again?

How about Xbox Live, Twitter, Facebook and Linked in integration and how about threaded messaging across Messenger, Facebook chat and SMS.

Oh and I almost forgot, Skydrive integration with the Office Hub and Camera, how about a Pictures Hub that pulls in pictures from Facebook and Skydrive or the Xbox Companion that can act as a remote control for the xbox. As well as the award winning Metro UI.

Is that good enough for you?

Edited by neo158, Dec 13 2011, 10:59pm :

efjay said,
Ok, reasons to buy a WP7 again?

Easier to use, Security, Stability, Speed, Portability of Apps, etc.

iOS is ahead of Android, but has a lot of shortcomings when it comes to these issues compares to WP7.

At retail stores that are under out research group, we have the end run a few tests and, and even experienced iPhone users are amazed they can do the same 'basic' everyday tasks faster the 'first time' with WP7 than they can with their iPhone they know backwards and forwards.

Performance tests are also another good, we take the HTC Trophy WP7 (the slowest 1st gen WP7 phone) and do some simple web test demonstrations, moving in and out of a few Apps, and also a few code optimized Apps variations.

People are amazed to find the 'technically slow' WP7 phone besting the iPad 2, the iPhone4S and the fastest dual-core Android tablet. (Especially 3D testing where Android and iOS are limited to OpenGL ES, and XNA is using DirectX that is well known to be significantly faster.)

It is these little things the users see when they actually get a store that knows the product or even lets them compare it.

As for security and stability, rebooting a Wp7 or having even a 3rd party App crash is rare. This is due to the .NET/Sliverlight/XNA platform model Microsoft created that is based on mature and secure technologies with inherent extensive managed code and isolation.

WP7 isn't perfect, but is one heck of a good start with a 'crafted' OS and App development model that can easily adapt to new hardware and new technologies, and provides a lot of simple power easily to developers that is architecture/hardware agnostic.

If WP7 is Microsoft's opening move in the chess game in the new generation of phones, they are playing better than Apple or Android started out.

Microsoft isn't dumb, they have horrible marketing skills for ethical reasons, but when it comes to technology, remember there was a Windows Smartphone back in 2002 - ten years ago, that had voice recognition, handwriting recognition, and a massive array of support for add on devices like scanners, etc.

Apple kind of 'messed' up the industry, by removing functionality from the iPhone that technical people were used to having, sort of rewriting what a 'smartphone' was based on Apple's limited implmentations at the time.
*Example: With Siri, Voice is now essential; however, when the first iPhone was released Apple told users Voice abilities were irrelevant, since the first iPhones couldn't even dial a phone number by voice or use a bluetooth headset - which all other phones could, even non-smartphones. Apple has also done this with handwriting technology that they can't offer, which Windows tablets in the 1990s offered. They also have demonized the 'Stylus' as the iPad doesn't support pressure and angle and tile and other 'digitizer' quality features that TabletPCs had in 2002 also. This is essential for handwriting, but even more important for graphic designers and painters. Fingerpainting is the iPad, drawing a masterpiece with a paintbrush aka Stylus is a Windows TabletPC. When Apple adds drawing features and Stylus support, it THEN will be essential, and the world will swoon over painting on the iPad4 or 5.

AFineFrenzy said,
KINECTimals..on iOS?
Makes sense.

why not? If it can track your hand movements or something like that

MASTER260 said,

A very basic version of the game...

Haven't tried the iOS version, but if it is the same as the WP7 version, it is 'basic' but also is unique to a device experience. Offering features the Kinect version doesn't as it is designed for a phone, just like som Kinect version features would be silly on a phone.

Basic, but one of the better mobile games I have seen, especially for kids and 'big' kids.

Also the XBox live cross over, that allows the pets to exist on the XBox and the phones is clever and makes it a good add-on App for Kinectimal owners.

Quick Shot said,
Hmm, wonder if android users will be blessed with these apps.
I wonder when Google releases a proper Google search app, or Google maps app, or Google+ app. Oh, never?

Koki.v3 said,
I wonder when Google releases a proper Google search app, or Google maps app, or Google+ app. Oh, never?

lol what's wrong with the Maps app? or the search for that matter. Couldn't care less about Google+ personally.

Yeah, I don't care for Google+ either, but I do miss a proper Google maps app because Bing is barely usable in Europe. Oh and I forgot... Youtube app.

My point is, I hope Microsoft doesn't release apps for Android just as well Google doesn't care for Windows Phone. Except maybe the recent ability to pin Google page to start. That surprised me.

Koki.v3 said,
Yeah, I don't care for Google+ either, but I do miss a proper Google maps app because Bing is barely usable in Europe. Oh and I forgot... Youtube app.

My point is, I hope Microsoft doesn't release apps for Android just as well Google doesn't care for Windows Phone. Except maybe the recent ability to pin Google page to start. That surprised me.


Let me get this straight: You are suggesting that Microsoft doesn't support one of the most widely used mobile operating systems because Google doesn't support one of the *least* used mobile operating systems?

Koki.v3 said,
Yeah, I don't care for Google+ either, but I do miss a proper Google maps app because Bing is barely usable in Europe. Oh and I forgot... Youtube app.

My point is, I hope Microsoft doesn't release apps for Android just as well Google doesn't care for Windows Phone. Except maybe the recent ability to pin Google page to start. That surprised me.

There's quite a few good Youtube apps on WP7, like supertube, unless you're talking about iOS youtube app?

Quick Shot said,
Hmm, wonder if android users will be blessed with these apps.

Well Microsoft have been promoting the SkyDrive API to developers recently so there is no reason why we have to have a Microsoft app, anyone can write one easily.

Slugsie said,

Well Microsoft have been promoting the SkyDrive API to developers recently so there is no reason why we have to have a Microsoft app, anyone can write one easily.

The app is just a temp stop-gap for WP till the next OS update which will probably integrate it all right into the hubs more and so on.

GP007 said,

The app is just a temp stop-gap for WP till the next OS update which will probably integrate it all right into the hubs more and so on.

Um, Skydrive was already integrated in the WP7 Mango 7.1 update. It is under the Office Hub.

This is about the server updates at Live and Skydrive and Hotmail that expose a new set of developers APIs that anyone has access to use to product software.

WP7 did release an updated SkyDrive App, using the new server side APIs, which is why it has a bit more functionality, as the Servers now support these features, that were not possible from the server side before the API platform changes in Azure for Live/Hotmail/Skydrive/OfficeOnline/etc.

GP007 said,

The app is just a temp stop-gap for WP till the next OS update which will probably integrate it all right into the hubs more and so on.

Um, Skydrive was already integrated in the WP7 Mango 7.1 update. It is under the Office Hub.

This is about the server updates at Live and Skydrive and Hotmail that expose a new set of developers APIs that anyone has access to use to product software.

WP7 did release an updated SkyDrive App, using the new server side APIs, which is why it has a bit more functionality, as the Servers now support these features, that were not possible from the server side before the API platform changes in Azure for Live/Hotmail/Skydrive/OfficeOnline/etc.

chrispinto said,
Interesting move..

very smart imo.. the more people using it the more likely they will switch to your service in the future..

hotosega said,
Finally, I've been waiting for this. I use Skydrive a lot and I love that it's finally available for iOS

The timing on this is related to the Live.com develop API sets being released to be used by anyone, including the Microsoft App development teams. This is part of the live.com server 'backend' work of expanding the API access sets that have been in motion since last year, and are just now hitting release stages where the server side technologies are implemented using the extensible Azure cloud OS technologies to add functionality easily.

So look to see even more 3rd party software for iOS and Android and WP7 providing unfettered access to SkyDrive and other Live.com technologies like Hotmail, Office, social integration, etc.

WP7 also got an update to its SkyDrive integration application, that is more robust the built in 7.1 Mango App by having access to these new server API technologies too.

Microsoft and Apple are far more symbiotic than the world realizes.