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Microsoft Office Web Apps now include live, co-author editing

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Microsoft Office Web Apps on SkyDrive and Office 365 are finally catching up with Google Drive. In a blog post on Wednesday, Microsoft's Amanda Lefebvre announced that real-time co-author editing is now possible on Office Web Apps, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The number of potential collaborators that can be working on the same document in Word and Excel is limitless, but there is a 20 co-author limit for PowerPoint presentations.

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Apple allows Microsoft SkyDrive 3.0 update into App Store following delays

SkyDrive-for-iOS_0DEB6697Update: Microsoft provided us with the following comment noting that “people interested in buying additional storage will do so via the web versus in the app.” In other words, it doesn’t look like Apple will be getting a cut of additional storage purchased, but users won’t be able to do so via the iOS app:

We worked with Apple to create a solution that benefited our mutual customers. The SkyDrive app for iOS is slightly different than other SkyDrive apps in that people interested in buying additional storage will do so via the web versus in the app.

Back in December we heard reports, later confirmed by Microsoft, that Apple was delaying updates to its SkyDrive iOS app. The delays were apparently over a dispute regarding whether or not Apple should receive its usual 30% cut for additional storage that users purchased through the app.

While there is no word yet on exactly how Microsoft and Apple resolved the issue, Microsoft announced today on its Windows SkyDrive blog that a new update is available for the iOS app via iTunes starting today.

Version 3.0 of the app, the first update to SkyDrive for iOS since June, brings support for iPhone 5 and iPad mini, a revamped user experience, enhancements to photo features such as the ability to download full res photos to iPad and iPhone, and much more:

Here are the updates we’ve made to v3.0 of the SkyDrive app for iOS:

  • Support for iPhone 5 and iPad Mini
  • Updated app icons and user experience
  • Works better with your photos:
    • Download full resolution photos to your iPhone or iPad
    • Control the size of photos you upload and download
    • Photo metadata is retained when you upload to SkyDrive
  • Opening and saving files to SkyDrive works better with other apps on your iOS devices
  • Many other small changes, bug fixes and performance improvements

(via TheVerge)


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April 3rd

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Microsoft Blames 16-Hour Email Outage on an Overheating Data Center

Microsoft's Outlook.com email service suffered a massive 16-hour outage yesterday, which saw users unable to access parts of SkyDrive, Hotmail, and Outlook, too. Microsoft has revealed that it was a result of a mischievous firmware upgrade—which caused "a rapid and substantial temperature spike in the datacenter". More »


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March 14th

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Apple reportedly rejecting updates to Microsoft’s SkyDrive iOS app, wants 30% cut of subscriptions

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According to a report from The Next Web that cited sources close to Microsoft, Apple is currently preventing Microsoft from updating its SkyDrive iOS app due to a disagreement over whether Apple should collect its usual 30 percent cut of additional storage purchased through the service. TNW explained:

The difficulty began when Microsoft rolled out the ability for SkyDrive users to purchase more storage space on the service. From that point, the company was not permitted to update its application in the iOS App Store.

The reason? It doesn’t pay Apple a 30% cut of subscription revenue generated by the application through the paid, additional storage. Microsoft, TNW has learned, has a new version of the application ready to go, including a key bug fix that would rectify a crashing bug, but cannot get it through.

In other words, Apple is apparently not allowing apps that offer or work with a subscription service outside of in-app purchases or the App Store. While we imagine that many smaller developers have been able to get around this stipulation, Apple’s App Store review guidelines clearly states, “Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or services in an app will be rejected.” It also stipulates, “Apps that unlock or enable additional features or functionality with mechanisms other than the App Store will be rejected.”

According to the TNW, Microsoft attempted to compromise by offering to remove all subscription services from the app. Apple apparently refused:

Microsoft has persisted in trying to work out a compromise with Apple, but has thus far failed to come to an agreement. The company offered to remove all subscription options from its application, leaving it a non-revenue generating experience on iOS. The offer was rebuffed.

The report noted third-party developers that integrate SkyDrive using the official SDK are now experiencing delays in getting their app and updates approved for the App Store:

The second side to this is that Apple appears to be freezing out developers who build third-party applications that interact with SkyDrive, as the Microsoft service isn’t paying a cut of its fees to Apple. Developer complaints are cropping up. For example, the following


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December 11th

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Apple reportedly rejecting updates to Microsoft’s SkyDrive iOS app, wants 30 percent cut of subscriptions

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Update: A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the situation to The Verge:

Microsoft has confirmed its latest SkyDrive iOS update is being delayed by Apple. A spokesperson says: “Similar to the experiences of some other companies, we are experiencing a delay in approval of our updated SkyDrive for iOS. We are in contact with Apple regarding the matter and hope to come to a resolution.”

According to a report from The Next Web that cited sources close to Microsoft, Apple is currently preventing Microsoft from updating its SkyDrive iOS app due to a disagreement over whether Apple should collect its usual 30 percent cut of additional storage purchased through the service. TNW explained:

The difficulty began when Microsoft rolled out the ability for SkyDrive users to purchase more storage space on the service. From that point, the company was not permitted to update its application in the iOS App Store.

The reason? It doesn’t pay Apple a 30% cut of subscription revenue generated by the application through the paid, additional storage. Microsoft, TNW has learned, has a new version of the application ready to go, including a key bug fix that would rectify a crashing bug, but cannot get it through.

In other words, Apple is apparently not allowing apps that offer or work with a subscription service outside of in-app purchases or the App Store. While we imagine that many smaller developers have been able to get around this stipulation, Apple’s App Store review guidelines clearly states, “Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or services in an app will be rejected.” It also stipulates, “Apps that unlock or enable additional features or functionality with mechanisms other than the App Store will be rejected.”

According to the TNW, Microsoft attempted to compromise by offering to remove all subscription services from the app. Apple apparently refused:

Microsoft has persisted in trying to work out a compromise with Apple, but has thus far failed to come to an agreement. The company offered to remove all subscription options from its application, leaving it a non-revenue generating experience on iOS. The offer was rebuffed.

The report noted third-party developers that integrate SkyDrive using the official SDK are now experiencing delays in getting their app and updates approved for the App Store:

The second side to this is that Apple appears to be freezing out developers who build third-party applications that interact with SkyDrive, as the Microsoft service isn’t paying a cut of its fees to Apple. Developer complaints are cropping up. For example, the following


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December 11th

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Microsoft Brings SkyDrive To Xbox 360 — Now Windows 8/Phone 8 Users Get To See Their Stuff On The Big Screen

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Microsoft has joined up another piece of its Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 puzzle by launching a SkyDrive app for the Xbox 360 — allowing users of its cloud storage service to view and access content via the Xbox. The news was announced in a post on Microsoft’s Inside SkyDrive blog. Microsoft said the app is due to go live later today, noting:” You can expect to see it on your Xbox after 10AM PST.”

The move dissolves a rather odd disconnect between Microsoft’s flagship products — so that SkyDrive content is easily accessible on the Xbox, as well as via Windows Phones, Windows PCs and tablets. (The SkyDrive app does not replace the Xbox Cloud Saved Games cloud storage feature — so there is still arguably room for further service streamlining in future.) Last month Redmond noted that SkyDrive usage had doubled in the past six months.

SkyDrive for Xbox 360 focuses on photo-sharing — defaulting to a photo view, but also enabling other content to be viewed. “Every photo, video, movie, and other file you put in SkyDrive from Windows or the web will be available on your Xbox-connected TV,” Microsoft writes. “Your Windows Phone is also now connected to Xbox and every photo you snap can be available on your TV automatically.”

The app supports Kinect — so you can use Kinect gesture or voice control to view a slideshow of SkyDrive photos, for instance.

Microsoft flagged up three key “scenarios” it envisages the app supporting: sharing your photos and videos on the Xbox-connected big screen; a feature it’s calling ‘Snap and see’ which lets Windows Phone users take a picture on their handset and see it appear “almost immediately” on the camera roll on the Xbox Skydrive app (to do this users need to be using the same Microsoft account signin for Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone); and a third feature — it’s called ‘Party slide show’ — which lets you build a ‘play-list’ of photos to show in the background during your house/dinner party.

Here’s Microsoft’s promo video to announce the SkyDrive Xbox app


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December 11th

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SkyDrive for Android: Squirrel Your Stuff Away on Your Phone [App Of The Day]

Android users who opt for Microsoft's cloud storage solution can rejoice—today Microsoft rolled out the SkyDrive app for Google's operating system. [ZDNet] More »


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August 28th

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SkyDrive for Android: Squirrel Your Stuff Away on Your Phone [App Of The Day]

Android users who opt for Microsoft's cloud storage solution can rejoice—today Microsoft rolled out the SkyDrive app for Google's operating system. [ZDNet] More »


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