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Microsoft finally launches Skydrive 3.0 for iOS

Adds support for the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini
Thu Apr 04 2013, 10:50

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft has finally launched Skydrive 3.0 for Apple's iOS, adding support for the iPhone 5's larger screen as well as the iPad Mini.

The update is now available for download from Apple's App Store and boasts improved photo features, an updated user interface (UI) and a number of other enhancements.

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It has not been confirmed as to why Microsoft has taken so long to bring the app to iOS devices since its last update last June, but rumours suggest that the two companies have been arguing over a 30 percent revenue cut that Apple demands when users buy additional storage through the app for their Skydrive accounts.

When we quizzed Mcirosoft about this, it said, "Each app store has their own set of processes to decide what apps are approved and can be released. Earlier this week, Apple approved the SkyDrive app for release and we're excited to allow people everywhere to start using it."

The updated iOS app does not feature an option to buy additional storage.

Nevertheless, the update brings a few design changes, such as a set of revised app icons and an improved user experience, Microsoft claims.

More notably, Microsoft claims that the app now works better with photos. The user can download full resolution photos to the iPhone or iPad, control the size of photos uploaded and downloaded in the app as well as retain metadata when they upload to SkyDrive .

"Opening and saving files to Skydrive works better with other apps on your iOS devices," the firm said in a Windows blog post.

Among these changes, Microsoft said it has rolled out some bug fixes and minor performance improvements. µ


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