Microsoft updates SkyDrive iOS app to version 3.0

Microsoft's SkyDrive service is not just for Windows or Windows Phone users. Android and iOS device owners can also access SkyDrive via their own apps. Today, Microsoft released a major new version for iOS devices that adds support for Apple's two most recent products; the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini tablet.

Microsoft's SkyDrve blog also mentions that the new version 3.0 of the iOS SkyDrive app includes a user interface refresh. As you can see in the screenshot above, there are some new icons and a general redesign of the UI in the app. There's also been some improvements to how the app handles photos; version 3.0 now allows users to download full resolution photos from their SkyDrive account to their iPhone or iPad.

Users can also control the sizes of photos they upload and download from the iOS app to their SkyDrive account, for those folks who might have a somewhat limited monthly data plan. Version 3.0 also lets other apps on their iOS product work better in terms of saving and uploading SkyDrive files. Finally, the new update has a number of unnamed "changes, bug fixes and performance improvements."

Source: SkyDrive blog | Image via Microsoft

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Neu B said,
How is he trolling if he's right?

Do you seriously need teaching on opinions vs. facts?

What does this story have to do with the looks of iOS? If it was based on the SkyDrive app then fair enough; otherwise it's just an unnecessary and inflammatory comment, which I'd call trolling.

Weren't they holding back on this version because Apple was trying to get a 30% cut of revenues somewhere down the line? Whatever happened with that? Or am I getting this part wrong?

jimmyfal said,
Weren't they holding back on this version because Apple was trying to get a 30% cut of revenues somewhere down the line? Whatever happened with that? Or am I getting this part wrong?

I don't think so? It's a free service unless you pay for more space but that's outside of the app itself so I don't see how Apple could get a cut of anything. I think it's the Office iPad apps that are rumored to be done but not going out because MS wants to probably tie them to a Office 365 subscription and not have to give Apple a cut of that.

GP007 said,
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There was a place in the standard Microsoft login where if you didn't have an account, you could sign up for one. Part of signup was a link to purchase more SkyDrive space, Apple claimed that this was an in app purchase, and rejected the app because they were not getting their 30%. There were some changes to the apps to get through approval.

jimmyfal said,
Weren't they holding back on this version because Apple was trying to get a 30% cut of revenues somewhere down the line? Whatever happened with that? Or am I getting this part wrong?

Updates to the app were originally delayed because Apple supposedly wanted its usual 30% cut for any additional storage bought using the SkyDrive iOS app via in-app purchases. The update is finally available because Microsoft has sidestepped this issue by allowing people who want extra storage to do it via the web rather than inside the actual app.

CSharp. said,
What's with the solid blue squares?

They're folders. They use the tile scheme of Windows 8/Windows RT/Windows Phone.

CSharp. said,

looks like a placeholder image

Looks no different than having some default folder image, at least this way the tile can give you some extra info.

GP007 said,
Looks no different than having some default folder image

Except for, you know, the fact that it's a solid blue square instead of something better looking that could be more descriptive.

GP007 said,
at least this way the tile can give you some extra info.

I'm pretty sure we actually have the technology to put numbers on or next to all kinds of images, not just solid blue squares.

what good does it make if its a graphical mess? you don't have numbers on your folder icons on desktop either

and personally i think those solid squares look better than some lame folder icon

only one addition i can imagine is that a custom color could be added, just like in outlook to "name" your folders like blue for docs, red for work stuff, a yellow for shared, you know...