Microsoft brings SkyDrive to Android with its new app

Microsoft continues to bolster its SkyDrive cloud storage service by finally releasing its SkyDrive app for Android .

SkyDrive is Microsoft's online storage service: It lets you store personal documents, photos, and other files in "the cloud," as well as files that have been shared across multiple accounts. Using the SkyDrive app, you can also upload and share multiple images and videos to your SkyDrive account directly from your phone, either over Wi-Fi or a cellular network. Of course, you can also edit, delete, and otherwise mange the files you have stored on the SkyDrive network.

With SkyDrive for Android, Microsoft tried to make the app work and feel right at home on Google's mobile OS. Microsoft designed it to use common Android gestures and design features within the SkyDrive app, all while trying to maintain a consistent look and feel across all variations of the app.

Microsoft says that the SkyDrive app will work on all Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) smartphones, and based on early reports, it also seems to run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread); however, your results may vary depending on your handset. Microsoft doesn’t mention Android tablets explicitly, but our tablets editor, Melissa J. Perenson, loaded it onto an Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, and it seemed to work.

SkyDrive is available for free on the Google Play store.

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