Microsoft releases SkyDrive app for Android

Daniel Bader

August 28, 2012 2:37pm

Microsoft has gone ahead and fulfilled its promise of releasing a SkyDrive app for Android devices. Despite the company’s habitual reticence of supporting Google’s products, Redmond must have deemed it important enough for its product line (and Windows 8) to have SkyDrive available on all popular mobile platforms.

The app very interestingly combines the Metro aesthetic from Windows 8 and elements of Google’s Holo guidelines, making for a very attractive app. We wish more developers took it upon themselves to develop apps like this.

You can create folders and upload photos or videos, but not yet documents, to the cloud. You can share your files with users over email or in another app, and open documents in other apps too. We hope that Microsoft eventually does make SkyDrive a bit more functional for Android users, but we wouldn’t count on it, especially as Windows Phone 8 looms.

If you’re a SkyDrive user, download it for Android.

Source: Microsoft

  • Darren

    I hope MS can do an Outlook.com app that looks like this – and soon! They’re on a bit of a winning streak lately.

    • Mike

      There is now an official One Note Mobile app which uses skydrive to sync what folders you choose across your devices if you have Office 2010.

  • ns.dev

    I could only get it to upload pic/videos, but not bad for a 1.0.

  • Tom

    I appreciate them supporting competitors platforms – no lock-in using skydrive!

  • Justin

    Time to convert the app to work on the playbook!

  • Matthew

    I can’t find it in the Play Store. I even tried to search it. Nothing

    • DeeZee

      I had to manually enter the download location in my phone’s browser. I couldn’t find it in the Store either.

  • Hal

    I don’t understand apps like these. In Canada where we pay ridiculous prices for data, why would I put all my files in a location that costs me money to even look at them? For those that use these sites, what kind of data plans do you have?

    • Braumin

      So you would rather not have access to your files at all, even over WiFi? Are you going to store your entire photo collection on your phone?

    • blacklisted

      @Braumin, storing your photos entirely online is hardly a bright thing to do either (just ask Mat Honan about that, although I’d hope Microsoft would have actual smart people in their support department instead of what Apple euphemistically calls Geniuses).

      With the memory capacities of today’s modern smartphones, storing the majority of your, if not your entire, photo collection is entirely possible, especially if your phone has memory chip expansion capabilities (Android and Windows Phone 8, sorry iPhone). Online storage is nice as it gives you the ability to view your documents online from any internet capable device. But local storage is always the best method, assuming you have a reliable backup scheme in place.

  • DeeZee

    I’ve been waiting for this app. So much better than the competitors. Loving it right now.