SkyDrive Pro Mobile Apps for Windows 8

Microsoft on Friday delivered the first versions of its promised SkyDrive Pro mobile apps for Windows 8/RT and iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch). The app, which looks and works almost exactly like the SkyDrive mobile app, provides a handy way to access your SkyDrive Pro-based files in Office 365, SharePoint Online, or SharePoint 2013.

I’m away this week, so I tested the SkyDrive Pro app for Windows 8/RT. From the tile to the app interface, this app is clearly modeled on the SkyDrive app that ships as part of Windows 8/RT.

The app offers the same basic navigation, view styles (details, thumbnails) and capabilities as the SkyDrive app.

But it also offers view sorting: You can sort by name, date, size or type.

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t offer offline access to your files too. You can download files, but not sync them with the SkyDrive Pro service. (The SkyDrive desktop application supports this functionality, of course, but doesn’t work with Windows RT or non-Windows platforms.)

That said, the app does provide simple file browsing, upload, and even sharing capabilities. (To share outside your organization, your administrator will need to have enabled this functionality.)

This is a great start for the SkyDrive Pro mobile app family. I’m looking forward to a version for Windows Phone 8, and to the possibility that this functionality—and offline sync—could be further integrated with Windows 8 and RT too.

You can download the SkyDrive Pro app for Windows 8/RT from the Windows Store.

The SkyDrive Pro app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available from the iTunes Store.

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SkyDrive for iOS 3.0

Microsoft recently released a major and long-overdue update to its SkyDrive app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And while the improvements in this release are no doubt notable, the big news here is that the update happened at all. As you may recall, Apple and Microsoft were involved in a poorly-disguised dispute that caused this app update to be delayed several months.

SkyDrive for iOS 3.0 is available now from the Apple App Store. According to the official description, it offers the following updates over the previous version:

Support for the latest iOS devices. SkyDrive 3.0 supports iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

Works better with photos. Now you can download full resolution photos to your iPhone or iPad and control the size of photos you upload and download. And photo metadata is retained when you upload to SkyDrive.

Supports other iOS apps. Improved support for opening SkyDrive files in other iOS apps

Supports uploading files to SkyDrive from other apps. Improved support for uploading files to SkyDrive from other iOS apps

Updated app icons and user experience visuals. Hey, it’s been a year.

Other bug fixes. There are also many other small changes, bug fixes and performance improvements. Hey, it’s been a year.

from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows.