Microsoft confirms SkyDrive is coming to the Xbox One

Microsoft launched a SkyDrive app for the Xbox 360 in December 2012, but when the Xbox One was first announced in May, the company would not confirm to us that SkyDrive would be released for the next-gen console. Today, Microsoft has finally stated that a SkyDrive app for Xbox One will be ready for the console's scheduled November 22nd launch.

As with the Xbox 360 version, the Xbox One SkyDrive app will let users view their photos and videos uploaded to their accounts on a big screen television. The app will also allow access to SkyDrive accounts that are shared by others.

The Xbox Wire site has more info on the features that have been added to the app. It states:

One example: we added the ability to zoom in to a 4k resolution image of a sports stadium or city landscape. To keep the app snappy, we only download full screen (1080p) thumbnails of the images to show in slide show. But if you are on a large image, you can use the right trigger on the Xbox One controller to zoom in, which downloads a higher resolution version. You can then pan around with the right stick.

Photos from SkyDrive accounts can be viewed from the console's OneGuide TV listings as if they were listed as a TV channel. The SkyDrive app can also be snapped with another app, such as viewing a photo slide show while listing to a song on Xbox Music.

Source: Xbox Wire | Images via Microsoft

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Xbox doesn't worth anything in Luxembourg ... no Xbox Live Gold possible, no Xbox Music ... seems like Luxembourg is just good enough for Microsoft's financial transactions. And don't tell me anything about legal and licensing issues now ... Apple and Google don't seem to have these issues.
Sad to see the pace of Apple rolling out there services worldwide and MSFT stuck in time one more time.

dla.plexure.net said,
Xbox doesn't worth anything in Luxembourg ... no Xbox Live Gold possible, no Xbox Music ... seems like Luxembourg is just good enough for Microsoft's financial transactions. And don't tell me anything about legal and licensing issues now ... Apple and Google don't seem to have these issues.
Sad to see the pace of Apple rolling out there services worldwide and MSFT stuck in time one more time.
Only 500k+ people in your country. I'm sure they'd love to service them. I'd love to know the real reason's they don't service them. I'm sure there are some consumer protection or economic protection policies that make it not worth their time.

No matter the number of people in the country. Let's consider the average amount of money these people would spend on entertainment services like Xbox & Co.
I do underline once again that other companies do already offer their services in Luxembourg and other smaller countries.
Yes, I do agree to know the real reason why it's not available in some countries yet.

MrHumpty said,
Only 500k+ people in your country. I'm sure they'd love to service them. I'd love to know the real reason's they don't service them. I'm sure there are some consumer protection or economic protection policies that make it not worth their time.

Luxembourg is part of the BENELUX.
Which is ONE nation when it comes to publishing or other copyrighted bullsh*t issues.

And then you're speaking about almost 30million people.

Shadowzz said,

Luxembourg is part of the BENELUX.
Which is ONE nation when it comes to publishing or other copyrighted bullsh*t issues.

And then you're speaking about almost 30million people.

The remaining countries in BENELUX are fully supported: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X...c#Geographical_Availability

There is some reason it is not available. We're talking about a digital service here. It's not just because they hate those in luxembourg

MrHumpty said,
The remaining countries in BENELUX are fully supported: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X...c#Geographical_Availability

There is some reason it is not available. We're talking about a digital service here. It's not just because they hate those in luxembourg


Then why is Luxembourg ignored? Or rather, left out or skipped over.
They speak French and german. Their laws are very similar if not the same like Belgium and Netherlands.
Its not like its some country with a completely different culture, different set of laws and a language like no other.

Even if their market is almost neglectable, it is also very little effort to access that market.

Or like other multinationals did in the past 100 or so years, just aim for entire Benelux, make it support French and Dutch and the multinational has at once a decently big market.

To me at least, this reflects negative for Microsoft, for them not bothering with the smaller markets. Maybe cause I'm myself from a relative small country (its the size of a city in the US ). But its not even much effort for this, include entire EU basically and lets ignore one of the countries that MADE the EU.

Shadowzz said,

Then why is Luxembourg ignored? Or rather, left out or skipped over.
They speak French and german. Their laws are very similar if not the same like Belgium and Netherlands.
Its not like its some country with a completely different culture, different set of laws and a language like no other.

Even if their market is almost neglectable, it is also very little effort to access that market.

Or like other multinationals did in the past 100 or so years, just aim for entire Benelux, make it support French and Dutch and the multinational has at once a decently big market.

To me at least, this reflects negative for Microsoft, for them not bothering with the smaller markets. Maybe cause I'm myself from a relative small country (its the size of a city in the US ). But its not even much effort for this, include entire EU basically and lets ignore one of the countries that MADE the EU.

It's almost comical how much you are assuming in that post. Left Out, Skipped Over, Ignored, Neglected, Little Effort, Not Bothering.

Like I said, if they could just allow it they would, why wouldn't they? They support languages w/o a problem. It's the internet. There are barriers that exist and I would imagine they are government/legal imposed. Yes, I'm making an assumption but I think a much safer and rational one since we all know MS is fueled by evil corporate greed and supporting a wider audience means more evil profits.

Spicoli said,
Nice. That might actually be worth switching over from dropbox.
Really? I mean, is it that feature that would move you, or that feature plus others? I'm genuinely curious just because I use Skydrive and, at this point, could care less that it will be on my XboxOne

MrHumpty said,
Really? I mean, is it that feature that would move you, or that feature plus others? I'm genuinely curious just because I use Skydrive and, at this point, could care less that it will be on my XboxOne

Yeah I wouldn't even compare Dropbox vs Skydrive.. it's apples vs oranges..

My main use of Dropbox is tons of photos. I don't see a whole lot different between the two, so I'm not sure why you wouldn't consider them comparable. Currently I use the 7GB on Skydrive for my Office 365 documents. It adds some functions like concurrency control when editing.

xendrome said,

Yeah I wouldn't even compare Dropbox vs Skydrive.. it's apples vs oranges..

I'd love to hear your reasoning for that statement.

MrHumpty said,
15 cents per day. You're obviously not the target market.

What you can afford has nothing to do with it. I despise that tired argument.

Microsoft shouldn't be charging to access stuff like that, Internet Explorer, Youtube, Netflix etc. It is indefensible. They only get away with it because people want to play online. The market outside of gamers will be unreachable for Microsoft, they will never ever expand much beyond a dedicated base of gamers with Xbox.

Unless they become the next Netflix, Microsoft can watch from the sidelines because the masses won't pay a subscription for stuff that is free on every other platform on devices they could or already own. Rude awakening is on the cards for Microsoft. If gamers dump them they have very little support and if they stay, moderate success like before which can't be too pleasing for Microsoft who hasn't had much profit success over the Xbox lifetime.

Xbox could be the entertainment device to rule the new era of streaming services and content but I think Microsoft will shoot themselves in the foot and wonder where it went so wrong. Someone will do it right and Microsoft will only have themselves to blame that it wasn't them.

Edited by coresx, Nov 11 2013, 9:35pm :

coresx said,

What you can afford has nothing to do with it. I despise that tired argument.

Microsoft shouldn't be charging to access stuff like that, Internet Explorer, Youtube, Netflix etc. It is indefensible. They only get away with it because people want to play online. The market outside of gamers will be unreachable for Microsoft, they will never ever expand much beyond a dedicated base of gamers with Xbox.

Unless they become the next Netflix, Microsoft can watch from the sidelines because the masses won't pay a subscription for stuff that is free on every other platform on devices they could or already own. Rude awakening is on the cards for Microsoft. If gamers dump them they have very little support and if they stay, moderate success like before which can't be too pleasing for Microsoft who hasn't had much profit success over the Xbox lifetime.

Xbox could be the entertainment device to rule the new era of streaming services and content but I think Microsoft will shoot themselves in the foot and wonder where it went so wrong. Someone will do it right and Microsoft will only have themselves to blame that it wasn't them.


Why shouldn't be charging for that? The subscription is what helps keep console price down and make up the cost of the entire Xbox endeavour honestly, which still hasn't made back its investment since 2001.

I agree with you in that I wish some things MS offers should be free. However, they have a different market startegy for how they do things. Its not like Google where they push search down your throat and ad drop everything they can on you. Do they also do ads, yes, but its not like Google. A lot of these paid services they offer probably wont have any ads at all.

And gamers probably will flock to it because Gold has been built into the fabric of the XBox from the start. There are sales to get it for cheaper and Gold has never had so much more value than it will with the Xbone. I think they are on to something here. And I hope it revolutionizes the way we use/consume things online. Because a strong MS among Apple and Google means better things for the consumers.

I for one am glad we can actual pay for services instead of getting the Google-ized version of stuff. Much potential, neat at first, but then under performs in so many ways...

I don't disagree that Microsoft should charge for some stuff but they need to offer more value and not fence off services that they don't put a dime into like the many media services and simple expectations that you can use something Youtube and IE for free.

I would disagree on the ad front, Microsoft are no small fry in that regard, compared to Google sure but ads on Xbox are a huge money spinner. Good read here.

http://penny-arcade.com/report...about-xbox-live-advertising

Stuff like their dedicated server promise on Xbox One, now that is something worth subscribing to Xbox Live Gold for, consumers get something of good value in return. Microsoft have had many years to improve Xbox Live and pro user features have been very few and far between, nice that the service works well but you expect such from a software company like Microsoft. Sony have the right idea with PS+ by keeping normal features like party chat, F2P, media apps free to use without a subscription. There is a reason the PS3 was the number one Netflix device. Microsoft need to change their offering or they won't see much growth, perhaps even a decline.

coresx said,
What you can afford has nothing to do with it. I despise that tired argument.
There are plenty of things involved in the price valuation. What you can afford is only one piece. When the millions agree to that price they obviously find perceived value.

You may not find 15 cents a day of value... but obviously some do. My point, as with many others is, you only have to find 15 cents per day worth of value to sign up. MS provides a constantly updating UI giving you access to all of this stuff with plenty of augmenting services to make it valuable.

You may despise that argument. But, in truth, you despise those of us who find more than 15 cents in value. It's a don't hate the player hate the game attitude with me. If they thought they would make more money not charging at all, they would do it.

As far as defensible. Look, it's simple. Don't like it, use something else. There are plenty of windows into the content you listed. No gun is to your head so no defense is needed. Either you see value or you don't, as I said, you aren't their target market.

Just noticed your "fence off" argument. Seriously? Fence off? How many different ways can you access "Internet Explorer, Youtube, Netflix etc." with other devices in your living room, let along through other use-cases. Get over it, you want a free lunch, there is a cost to your demands, I would pay the 15 cents a day rather than take a gamble on revealing those costs.