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The differences are settled
Back in December last year, we reported on how Apple was blocking Skydrive for iOS updates until Microsoft complied with new app policies – that is, no apps may offer links to purchase content from outside the app, and that Apple must take a 30% cut of all sales. Microsoft was complying with the first of these two rules but would not comply with the 30% rule, so Apple blocked Skydrive for iOS updates until they complied.
Today, Skydrive for iOS 3.0 has been released. According to The Verge, the two came to an agreement and so the matter was settled. We’re not sure what the agreement was, but it has allowed Skydrive for iOS to continue to update once again.
Skydrive for iOS 3.0 brings a refreshed UI, as well as support for the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. It is available to download through the App Store right now.
Dismisses one of the most important cloud services ever
Steve Ballmer has never been one to mince words, famously laughing at the Apple iPhone back in 2007 just as Microsoft’s own Windows Mobile 6 line of products was about to take a nosedive into irrelevance. It appears Mr. Ballmer hasn’t learnt from his past mistakes, as he shrugged off Dropbox and called it “a little startup” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Dropbox, of course, is one of the most important and functional cloud services to have ever existed.
In fact, one could argue that the entirety of Skydrive, one of Microsoft’s own cloud products, would not exist in its current implementation if it weren’t for the success of Dropbox. Still, Ballmer claimed that Dropbox’s 100 million users accounted for a “pretty small number” when compared to users of Microsoft’s own Office product.
Still, the fact remains that – in my experience – when you’re having casual conversation with people on the streets, you’re much more likely to find that they use Dropbox than Skydrive. So perhaps Ballmer should learn not to throw stones while living in his house made of very, very thin glass.
Apple withholding SkyDrive update until Microsoft complies
For a while now, Apple has been requiring developers to give Apple a 30% cut on all profits made from subscriptions or content purchased from within an application. Developers – including major players like Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, etc. – have for a long time now adhered to this rule with little to no issue. It seems as though Microsoft however believes it should be exempt from this rule, and has decided to temporarily withhold updating their popular SkyDrive iOS application on account of the issue.
The rule, as written in Apple’s own press release announcing it, reads as follows:
Customers can review and manage all of their subscriptions from their personal account page, including cancelling the automatic renewal of a subscription. Apple processes all payments, keeping the same 30 percent share that it does today for other In-App Purchases.In addition, publishers may no longer provide links in their apps (to a web site, for example) which allow the customer to purchase content or subscriptions outside of the app.
Previous versions of SkyDrive for iOS adhered to the second part of the rule, providing no links to Microsoft’s other subscriptions, however clearly Microsoft has decided it wants to try to tap into and profit from the potentially massive amount of iOS users using SkyDrive.
Source: The Next Web
One expensive grab bag
//BUILD/ kicked off in Redmond today, and Microsoft is celebrating by giving all attendees of the developer conference a brand spanking new, totally free Microsoft Surface tablet and a whopping 100GB of free SkyDrive storage to use with it.
Those who’ve been around a while may remember that Microsoft gave attendees of //BUILD/ 2011 a free Samsung Developer Tablet, which featured an early build of Windows 8 (dubbed the Developer Preview) and an Intel Core processor.
Update (2:04 PM EST on October 30th, 2012): Reports are now coming out that all //BUILD/ attendees will also be receiving a totally free Nokia Lumia 920 running the new Windows Phone 8 platform – lucky them!
Tom Warren at The Verge reported today that Microsoft is prepping to launch a native SkyDrive application for Windows very soon. Supposedly, the application will enable file syncing in Windows similar to how Dropbox currently operates.
While this may seem at first to be a sort of “me-too” service, one awesome feature of SkyDrive is the amount of storage Microsoft is willing to give you for free – a whopping 25GB to play with. However, that much storage space for free might by too good to continue being true, as the story also reports that the 25GB will be dropping to 7GB when the application starts for all new users, though previous users will be grandfathered in. So if you want all that extra space, be sure to sign up today.
And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, The Verge is also reporting that new storage plans will be introduced for those willing to pony up the cash that can tack on an extra 20GB ($10 a year), 50GB ($20 a year), or 100GB ($50 a year).
Update: All these fancy changes? Yeah, they’re live. Microsoft just launched the availability of everything you see here and more – check it out here!
Source: The Verge