Microsoft has issued an Android app version of its SkyDrive cloud-based storage service.
The software giant entered enemy territory – Google owns Android and Google Drive – to provide its users access and browsing capabilities on all contents in their SkyDrive accounts from an Android device.
The Android version expands the following of Microsoft’s cloud storage app, which was exclusive to iOS and Windows Phone devices after its launch earlier this year.
SkyDrive for Android provides all features of the service: recently viewed documents, uploading multiple photos and videos, file- and photo-sharing, opening SkyDrive files in other apps, and file management.
“In building the new SkyDrive app for Android, we wanted to ensure we kept the same intuitive design of all SkyDrive experiences while also making use of Android design patterns and conventional interactions, so this feels natural for people with Android phones,” said Mike Torres, apps group program manager of SkyDrive, in a Windows Team Blog post on Tuesday.
Microsoft optimized SkyDrive for Android to work well with Android 4.0 Ice Scream Sandwich (ICS) devices, but supports Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
The app integrates search for files and contents of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents stored on the service.
The company earlier revealed that it polished SkyDrive to work seamlessly with Outlook.com – a recently launched webmail service based on Hotmail.
Microsoft claims the current design is innovative; however, it essentially copies the graphical interface of Outlook.com.