As originally posted on The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive for iPhone
We realize that not everyone who relies on SkyDrive for sharing photos or accessing Office documents uses Windows Phone… yet. We have a long history of supporting iPhone customers with built-in support for Hotmail and with apps like Bing, Messenger, OneNote (with SkyDrive sync), and now Skype.
On the iPhone, we’ve taken the next step by making the new SkyDrive app for iPhone available in 32 languages worldwide. In addition to their OneNote notebooks, iPhone customers can now access all of their files in SkyDrive, create folders, delete files, and share links to folders and files directly using the Mail app.
And here’s a video detailing the features of the new SkyDrive app for iPhone. You’ll notice that the basics are the same, but the experience is tailored for the iPhone:
SkyDrive for Windows Phone
With the recent release of Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”), we focused on deeply integrating SkyDrive into the phone itself through the Pictures and Office hubs. For instance, you can share photos stored on SkyDrive by email, text, or IM, use Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with SkyDrive files, and even keep your phone’s camera roll up-to-date on SkyDrive automatically. This integration isn’t surface-level—SkyDrive is integrated into the apps you use, along with core phone functions. This is a great example of using SkyDrive as an App cloud for Office and Pictures, where the cloud is an underlying feature of the app itself.
Even with all that we’ve done to integrate SkyDrive into Windows Phone, we still have more to do. In talking with SkyDrive power users, we found that many still want the full SkyDrive experience from Windows Phone, including tasks like browsing their entire SkyDrive, sharing links to folders or files, deleting files, and creating folders. Many people who have more than a few dozen files will start to organize them, and we want to make sure people have a direct representation of SkyDrive on their phone. Folders are a natural and time-tested way to organize groups of files, and browsing based on how files are already organized is important for SkyDrive power users.
“If SkyDrive is where I chose to put my stuff, don’t limit what I can do with it,” they told us. So while the Pictures hub is the best way to experience SkyDrive photos, and the Office apps are the best way to view and edit SkyDrive documents, some people still wanted to go further.
Starting today, you can now use the new SkyDrive app on Windows Phone 7.5 to do more with your SkyDrive. It’s available in every country/region where we offer Windows Phone.
Browse your entire SkyDrive—documents, photos, any and all of your files
Being able to see all your folders and files (of all types) is important for SkyDrive power users, as it helps facilitate sharing and file management.
Share any SkyDrive folder or file with one or more people
Pick a file of any type, or even a folder, and share it with as many people as you like. This uses the same “Get a link” mechanism as SkyDrive.com does—you can give the recipients view-only or view-and-edit permissions to your file.
Manage your SkyDrive
Organizing your folders and files just the way you like it is now possible with the SkyDrive app. Create a new folder for a new project or photo album, or delete old files or folders that you no longer need.
Here’s a video detailing the features of the new SkyDrive app for Windows Phone: