Microsoft's SkyDrive app launched for Android phones

As promised earlier this month, Microsoft has now launched a mobile client for Android smartphone owners to access Microsoft's SkyDrive data storage service. This new move will expand the reach of SkyDrive to the single largest mobile smartphone marketplace.

The download is now available for free on the Google Play store and while it works with Android 2.3 and above, Microsoft says that the SkyDrive app will work best with smartphones that are running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The official SkyDrive blog states:

In building the new SkyDrive app for Android, we wanted to ensure we kept the same intuitive design of all SkyDrive experiences while also making use of Android design patterns and conventional interactions, so this feels natural for people with Android phones.

In addition to being able to access files on a user's SkyDrive account, the Android app will also allow for the upload of multiple photos or videos from Android phones. User can also open their SkyDrive files from other Android apps.

The SkyDrive app was previously made available for Windows Phone and iOS-based products and in August, Microsoft relaunched the SkyDrive.com website that better supports both desktop and tablet web browsers with a "Modern" interface.

Source: SkyDrive blog | Image via Microsoft

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there is a free app you can download that will allow you to add application which then will force you to enter a password. the app also will ask for a password if you or someone else tries to delete the application.

Android user might like FILE EXPERT PRO - handles many in cloud storage Dropbox, Skydrive, Google Drive all from a single app...not sure if free version does cloud but worth a look if you're into keeping things simple.

Awesome. Will download it now. Hopefully there are settings which require me to input my pass every time I log in, just incase I lose my phone.

djpailo said,
Awesome. Will download it now. Hopefully there are settings which require me to input my pass every time I log in, just incase I lose my phone.

surely that's handled by having a pass code on the phone along with a way to wipe it remotely, as is the case with WP.

NerdyTech said,
No thanks! Don't want my files looked at or deleted!

You know, you can get creams for the rash that tin foil hat is giving you.

Grrr! Why don't any of these Cloud apps have the ability to sort files other than hierarchically ascending when you can sort via the Web interface. Dropbox app doesn't do this and now SkyDrive.

I really like SkyDrive. The good thing is that I'm using Dropbox and Google Drive alongside it. Really good service from all. So good to know that everything's synced together.

This fits nicely with the release of the Nexus 7 in my country/Europe. Couldn't decide which service to use, think I'll try this first now and see how fast it is around here.

Microsoft realizes that cross platform compatibility is where its at for cloud storage. I believe they should have released the Skydrive App for Windows XP. Especially since support will not officially end until April 2014.

Mr. Dee said,
Microsoft realizes that cross platform compatibility is where its at for cloud storage. I believe they should have released the Skydrive App for Windows XP. Especially since support will not officially end until April 2014.
Like you I have XP. However, I can see why Microsoft have done it - what's the point of them wasting resources on developing an app for an OS that 1. has been in extended support for years and 2. will drop all support in less than 2 years. So at the end of the day, you want new things, you need to upgrade. You've had since 2007. Fortunately I have a Vista laptop, 7 netbook and 7 64-bit laptop too, and the XP desktop rarely gets used so I'll simply move over.

testman said,
Like you I have XP. However, I can see why Microsoft have done it - what's the point of them wasting resources on developing an app for an OS that 1. has been in extended support for years and 2. will drop all support in less than 2 years. So at the end of the day, you want new things, you need to upgrade. You've had since 2007. Fortunately I have a Vista laptop, 7 netbook and 7 64-bit laptop too, and the XP desktop rarely gets used so I'll simply move over.

I have Windows 7 on all my personal systems, but I am still exposed to it at work.

Love skydrives ability to access all your files on the entire computer so that you can put them into your skydrive if you are not there. I've found this useful on multiple occasions.

So the android app has a share button, but the windows client still doesn't have a right-click context menu for it? I can't figure you out Microsoft. Not that I could move all of my files over anyway because I'm sure you'd close my account for some of them having nudity.