SkyDrive for Android, Microsoft’s highly anticipated cloud storage conduit, allows users ready access to over 7 gig of free storage. Version 1.0’s release shows few weaknesses and a lot that make it a real juicy Android phone and tablet choice.
Microsoft’s offering of SkyDrive for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android pretty much means anyone with any kind of device can take advantage of the cloud, but best of all SkyDive integrates like no other competitor with Office Web Apps. Now you can edit MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote docs with a web browser, from virtually anything hand held or at a friendly office anywhere, even from home.
As for negatives, about the only setback SkyDive suffers from are is the omission of the ability to work with MS file types on devices. In other words, if you want to edit docs on your iPhone, then you’ll need a third-party app like Quickoffice to help.
Unlike Google Drive, even once you’ve edited the docs you’ll still be forced to re-upload them to keep the docs in sync. This is arduous and cumbersome obviously, and the negative offsets Google Drive’s 2 gig less free storage.
While the jury is still out on how SkyDive will fare versus Drive in the short term, it seems reasonable to assume Microsoft will gain some favor for overall flexibility. The ability to do multiple photo or video uploads, the file sharing capabilities, and file management can do’s are big pluses. Then there’s compatibility with any Gingerbread handset too.
Added flexibility and function can only make Microsoft friendlier, but with 3,251 reviews on SkyDive downloads rating an average of 4.4 of 5.0, it seems it’s already something of a hit, cloud high at least.
Readers can download SkyDive for Android for free from Google Play here.
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