SkyDrive client app coming for Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android too?

By LiveSide | In Featured, News | Posted August 27, 2011 46 comments

SkyDriveA few days ago we just told you about a potential official SkyDrive app might be coming for Windows Phone, and today we’ve received tips pointing to possible SkyDrive client apps being developed for other platforms too. LiveSide reader Nikhil Jain left us a tip in the comments saying that a SkyDrive clients for Windows, iOS, Mac, and Android are also in development, in addition to the Windows Phone app. While Nikhil didn’t mention any sources, after doing a bit of digging we found an interesting Microsoft job posting for the Windows Live Devices & Roaming Experience (DRX) team which seems to confirm Nikhil’s claims. Here’s an excerpt from the job posting:

The Windows Live DRX team produces the SkyDrive client applications that fuel our customers thirst for stable, secure and available online storage. DRX is building experiences to deliver all of your content from the cloud and your devices to any of your devices anywhere anytime. Our team develops clients for Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone, Mac and Android. We are looking for developers that are looking for their next challenge to build the highly distributed platform and multi-platform clients for the SkyDrive suite of products delivered through Windows Live and Windows.

For those of you who doesn’t know what the Windows Live DRX team do, they’re best known (or so they say) for developing Windows Live Mesh for the Wave 4 release back in 2010. If the DRX team is now working on SkyDrive client applications (for both Windows and other platforms), does that mean these “SkyDrive client applications” are actually some form of Windows Live Mesh? If you recall, the cloud-based “synced storage” component for the current Windows Live Mesh has one major shortfall – it is not integrated with the actual Windows Live SkyDrive in any way. Would this news also mean the synced storage for Mesh will finally be integrated with the actual SkyDrive?

If we trace back to the history of Windows Live Mesh, you might remember that the origin of Windows Live Mesh – which happens to be called Live Mesh – had a vision of being able to run across a variety of platforms and devices, including mobile, Mac, Xbox and Zune. The following video (thanks Avatar X!) from the Microsoft keynote during the 2008 Web 2.0 Expo might give you a good reminder of what Live Mesh could’ve been like:

Could this news be a possible indication that Microsoft is trying to turn the vision in the video into reality? Stay tuned at LiveSide as we bring you the latest news on SkyDrive and Mesh!

Posted August 27th, 2011 at 8:01 am
  • http://twitter.com/davidhoush David Housh

    That would be sweet! I have a Droid X phone, and would love to see an application like this come to the Android platform.

    • Asmodai

      I have a Droid 2 and will until Oct. of 2012 so I too would love an official android app for skydrive.  I’ve been eyeing the sorami-skydrive beta though I haven’t pulled the trigger yet but an official app would be much preferred.

  • http://twitter.com/davidhoush David Housh

    That would be sweet! I have a Droid X phone, and would love to see an application like this come to the Android platform.

    • Asmodai

      I have a Droid 2 and will until Oct. of 2012 so I too would love an official android app for skydrive.  I’ve been eyeing the sorami-skydrive beta though I haven’t pulled the trigger yet but an official app would be much preferred.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    And what About for the Nokia (Symbian Anna & Up)

    • Trumpet116

      I doubt it…why would Microsoft support anything from Nokia that’s not Windows Phone 7?

      • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

        than i should be why support it for IOS and Andriod??? + Nokia is now with Microsoft, so it would be smart to put it with them too….

        • Trumpet116

          Nokia and Microsoft may now be working together, but Microsoft doesn’t get anything from Symbian.

          Plus, unfortunately, when does Symbian ever, ever get any love in the US?

          • PublicAddress eissman.com

            Nokia hasn’t been in the CDMA market. Thats where things happen in the US except for the iphone. the iphone is nice enough that people dont look at the fact that theyre getting crappy service for a ridiculous price.

            if you do any kind of smart shopping for cell service in the states you inevitably end up with CDMA. 

            One exception with att are their family plans. Have 5 people and its no longer a rape situation, its just pricey. 

            i miss nokia. i had a 6822 and an e70. I love the fact that you could replace the shell. The phone was its own case sort of. Symbian, not a huge fan myself but i havn’t seen it for a couple years. Know someoen who bought a 9500 several years ago and i felt bad he spent that much money on that thing. Didn’t tell him, but it was a bad buy.

          • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

            Well, I have the Nokia C6-01 with Symbian^3 (waiting for Symbina Anna. And to be honest i’m really happy with the build of the OS and how smooth it is. It has everything that any other phone has and has one of the best call qualities (for all nokia’s) and prices now aren’t that high as they used to be

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    And what About for the Nokia (Symbian Anna & Up)

    • Trumpet116

      I doubt it…why would Microsoft support anything from Nokia that’s not Windows Phone 7?

      • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

        than i should be why support it for IOS and Andriod??? + Nokia is now with Microsoft, so it would be smart to put it with them too….

        • Trumpet116

          Nokia and Microsoft may now be working together, but Microsoft doesn’t get anything from Symbian.

          Plus, unfortunately, when does Symbian ever, ever get any love in the US?

          • PublicAddress eissman.com

            Nokia hasn’t been in the CDMA market. Thats where things happen in the US except for the iphone. the iphone is nice enough that people dont look at the fact that theyre getting crappy service for a ridiculous price.

            if you do any kind of smart shopping for cell service in the states you inevitably end up with CDMA. 

            One exception with att are their family plans. Have 5 people and its no longer a rape situation, its just pricey. 

            i miss nokia. i had a 6822 and an e70. I love the fact that you could replace the shell. The phone was its own case sort of. Symbian, not a huge fan myself but i havn’t seen it for a couple years. Know someoen who bought a 9500 several years ago and i felt bad he spent that much money on that thing. Didn’t tell him, but it was a bad buy.

          • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

            Well, I have the Nokia C6-01 with Symbian^3 (waiting for Symbina Anna. And to be honest i’m really happy with the build of the OS and how smooth it is. It has everything that any other phone has and has one of the best call qualities (for all nokia’s) and prices now aren’t that high as they used to be

  • http://flavors.me/efelippe Evandro Felippe

    This is what I was waiting for years! :D

    Bring it on (and soon, please) Windows Live team.

  • http://flavors.me/efelippe Evandro Felippe

    This is what I was waiting for years! :D

    Bring it on (and soon, please) Windows Live team.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Nice choosing of Live Mesh video right there Damaster ;)

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Nice choosing of Live Mesh video right there Damaster ;)

  • landsart

    Allez  Allez

  • Anonymous

    Allez  Allez

  • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

    Love that Mesh video. Seems like all the events following the woman who snapped the shot, took place in the span of within five seconds. Plus Microsoft’s internal teaser videos (like Mesh, Vision 2019, etc.) usually comes up with neat background tracks.

  • http://macrosofter.wordpress.com/ quikboy

    Love that Mesh video. Seems like all the events following the woman who snapped the shot, took place in the span of within five seconds. Plus Microsoft’s internal teaser videos (like Mesh, Vision 2019, etc.) usually comes up with neat background tracks.

  • Caschatte

    So what! If its anything like former products/apps it won’t work very well. There will be no/little support for non window’s based platforms or even widows. Then they will discontinue after a year or 2 since it did not produce revenue, since the “team” responsible is not actually responsible for followup on their app/platform. Typical ms bullshit. How can you go “all in” when you only own 3-5-7-10% of the market.? ms is still on their delusions of former grandeur… The majority now know that ms does not actually support anything they produce beyond a 1-2 year period for the average consumer. This is the very reason that windows phone is a major flop At least with Android my 2 year old DroidX is still going strong with continual updates that actually work, apps that work and support that actually is actual support, smart phones that actually do produce revenue for small business owners, software/hardware that actually produces revenue on a cost ratio basis for small business. This is value for the consumer, not some “promise” from the arrogant people at ms who know “better” than the average consumer. This is the market that is keeping America from sinking further into the abyss. Just ask Apple or Google stockholders. ms is a delusional company that is populated by people who do not give a rats ass for the average consumer or small business for the long haul. Been there and done that with these arrogant people. Never going back. ms is too late and will never realize their mistakes of the passed. The company will be broken up, sold off for patents, the choicest bits in the future. They are an abysmal corpse rotting from the inside full of arrogant/cannibalistic employees. With my 2 year old DroidX I can accept payment by swipe at the job site, deposit and reconcile thru QuickBooks several times per day. Cost is higher than I would like but am able to pass the cost on for the convenience of my customers. Name me ONE product from ms as a small business that I could use for this! Damn shame (to date) that I still have to use our ms based systems for QuickBooks. ms gave us small businesses up several years ago, now we are fueling the insurgence of these new products from Apple and Google. skydrive is  another ms “also ran” keeping some arrogant “team” at ms employed for another year or less when they do not have the actual balls to backup their software beyond their arrogant introduction. Small businesses run on other platforms now. windows has maybe 3 years left. Office maybe 5. The rest is a pipe dream for the majority of American small business.

    • Trumpet116

      Have you ever used Windows Phone 7? It’s very good, and Microsoft actually supports it with frequent updates and such.  The main reason WP7 isn’t selling well is because most of the sales people in places like Best Buy don’t known anything about it and just assume it’s the same as Windows Mobile 6.5.

      Even if you hate Microsoft, you must admit they support their products!  Heck, they still release games and updates for the Zune HD!

      • http://www.prjctmobile.com/ Chris MacDonald

        I would make the argument that the beginnings of Windows Phone have been primarily plagued with the lack of updates. So far since its inception out in October, there was a pre-update update and then NoDo. Both of which were minor and did not add much.

    • matthewthepc

      Dude. if you don’t know what you’re tlking about, don’t talk. WP7 hasn’t even been OUT for this 2 years you’re talking about, and Microsoft is releasing continuous updates for it (think NoDo, Mango, Tango). they still release firmware and game updates for Zune HD, and Windows XP is still supported by Microsoft (support ends in 2012, so lemme count…1, 2, 3….i think that’s…11 years of support? I’ve never seen Apple support a product for 11 years….) Windows Phone apps work, and none of them are viruses (yes, Android is one of the most virus-prone mobile os out there.) SkyDrive is old? PLEASE. Windows Live Hotmail is THE MOST USED EMAIL SERVICE. IN THE WORLD. That means over 500 million people (yes, 500 million) have access to SkyDrive.

  • Caschatte

    So what! If its anything like former products/apps it won’t work very well. There will be no/little support for non window’s based platforms or even widows. Then they will discontinue after a year or 2 since it did not produce revenue, since the “team” responsible is not actually responsible for followup on their app/platform. Typical ms bullshit. How can you go “all in” when you only own 3-5-7-10% of the market.? ms is still on their delusions of former grandeur… The majority now know that ms does not actually support anything they produce beyond a 1-2 year period for the average consumer. This is the very reason that windows phone is a major flop At least with Android my 2 year old DroidX is still going strong with continual updates that actually work, apps that work and support that actually is actual support, smart phones that actually do produce revenue for small business owners, software/hardware that actually produces revenue on a cost ratio basis for small business. This is value for the consumer, not some “promise” from the arrogant people at ms who know “better” than the average consumer. This is the market that is keeping America from sinking further into the abyss. Just ask Apple or Google stockholders. ms is a delusional company that is populated by people who do not give a rats ass for the average consumer or small business for the long haul. Been there and done that with these arrogant people. Never going back. ms is too late and will never realize their mistakes of the passed. The company will be broken up, sold off for patents, the choicest bits in the future. They are an abysmal corpse rotting from the inside full of arrogant/cannibalistic employees. With my 2 year old DroidX I can accept payment by swipe at the job site, deposit and reconcile thru QuickBooks several times per day. Cost is higher than I would like but am able to pass the cost on for the convenience of my customers. Name me ONE product from ms as a small business that I could use for this! Damn shame (to date) that I still have to use our ms based systems for QuickBooks. ms gave us small businesses up several years ago, now we are fueling the insurgence of these new products from Apple and Google. skydrive is  another ms “also ran” keeping some arrogant “team” at ms employed for another year or less when they do not have the actual balls to backup their software beyond their arrogant introduction. Small businesses run on other platforms now. windows has maybe 3 years left. Office maybe 5. The rest is a pipe dream for the majority of American small business.

    • Trumpet116

      Have you ever used Windows Phone 7? It’s very good, and Microsoft actually supports it with frequent updates and such.  The main reason WP7 isn’t selling well is because most of the sales people in places like Best Buy don’t known anything about it and just assume it’s the same as Windows Mobile 6.5.

      Even if you hate Microsoft, you must admit they support their products!  Heck, they still release games and updates for the Zune HD!

      • http://www.prjctmobile.com Chris MacDonald

        I would make the argument that the beginnings of Windows Phone have been primarily plagued with the lack of updates. So far since its inception out in October, there was a pre-update update and then NoDo. Both of which were minor and did not add much.

    • Matthewmsft

      Dude. if you don’t know what you’re tlking about, don’t talk. WP7 hasn’t even been OUT for this 2 years you’re talking about, and Microsoft is releasing continuous updates for it (think NoDo, Mango, Tango). they still release firmware and game updates for Zune HD, and Windows XP is still supported by Microsoft (support ends in 2012, so lemme count…1, 2, 3….i think that’s…11 years of support? I’ve never seen Apple support a product for 11 years….) Windows Phone apps work, and none of them are viruses (yes, Android is one of the most virus-prone mobile os out there.) SkyDrive is old? PLEASE. Windows Live Hotmail is THE MOST USED EMAIL SERVICE. IN THE WORLD. That means over 500 million people (yes, 500 million) have access to SkyDrive.

  • #TeamCortana

    Mesh is the reason I fell in love with Microsoft again.

  • Anonymous

    Mesh is the reason I fell in love with Microsoft again.

  • Anonymous

    Very nice. Sounds like they might jsut be onto something dude.

    http://www.anon-stuff.us.tc

  • allanwith

    I sincerely hope that SYNCING for Skydrive will still be functional on platforms where this is relevant, not just apps that only lets me look a Skydrive files when I have an internet connection (like with dropbox on iOS). For iOS this would be all we could ask, but please keep syncing in Windows and enable it for WP as well. I still feel like an API would be just as important, thus allowing third parties to provide extra capabilities. How about Dropbox and Live Mesh, eh, “meshed” together?

  • Anonymous

    I sincerely hope that SYNCING for Skydrive will still be functional on platforms where this is relevant, not just apps that only lets me look a Skydrive files when I have an internet connection (like with dropbox on iOS). For iOS this would be all we could ask, but please keep syncing in Windows and enable it for WP as well. I still feel like an API would be just as important, thus allowing third parties to provide extra capabilities. How about Dropbox and Live Mesh, eh, “meshed” together?

  • Anonymous

    i find the app awesome.i made some quite similar with snappii.com .this service suits non-developers as well.

  • http://www.planitatl.com Creativitylives

    Would love to have a skydrive app on android it was the only thing keeping me from switching from drop box.

  • http://www.planitatl.com Creativitylives

    Would love to have a skydrive app on android it was the only thing keeping me from switching from drop box.

  • Chris

    Not wo worried. I use Drop Box and it works fine for me.

  • Chris

    Not wo worried. I use Drop Box and it works fine for me.

  • http://twitter.com/Dieg_zenok Diego Gutierrez

    I dont have to worry. I use ZenOK Backup and it gives 21GB for free too.

  • http://twitter.com/Diegozenok Diego Gutierrez

    I dont have to worry. I use ZenOK Backup and it gives 21GB for free too.

  • http://twitter.com/Dieg_zenok Diego Gutierrez

    You can sign up at http://free.zenok.com/

  • http://twitter.com/Diegozenok Diego Gutierrez

    You can sign up at http://free.zenok.com/