Rumor: SkyDrive to get Android app, Recycle Bin in next update, coming in July

By LiveSide | In News | Posted May 31, 2012 8 comments

SkyDrive LogoFollowing the announcement of the SkyDrive app for Windows and Mac update earlier this morning, another rumor has surfaced regarding what’s coming in the next milestone for SkyDrive. We recently received a tip from our tipster, who wishes to remain anonymous, who managed to obtain documents from several SkyDrive team member’s SkyDrive public folders revealing a brief timeline and features of upcoming SkyDrive releases. (Isn’t it ironic that these details were found on SkyDrive itself?)

According to the documents, it was revealed that the next milestone, which should be Wave 5 M4, will come with an Android app. Microsoft has already released SkyDrive apps for iOS (supporting both iPhone and iPad versions), Windows Phone, and Windows 8, however an official app for Android was never released. This news should make many Android users happy, and one less excuse for users to stick with Dropbox or Google Drive.

Another feature according to the documents is something called “Recycle Bin”. For all we know, it is designed to be a backup option for files stored on SkyDrive. Currently, only Office documents features a versioning feature on SkyDrive, which allow users to retrieve prior versions of their documents. Hotmail also currently features something similar, allowing users to recover deleted email messages. No further details were given regarding this feature, neither do we know if files in the “Recycle Bin” will count towards your storage limit.

Of course, we have yet to verify these rumors, so take this news with a grain of salt for now. If Microsoft sticks to their quarterly update schedule, we do expect Microsoft to release the next update of SkyDrive sometime in late July. What we can confirm is that the upcoming update for SkyDrive will come with a brand new Metro-look (but more on that in a later post). For now, for a taste of what the new Metro-look will look like, check out our previous coverage and screenshots, and stay tuned!

Posted May 31st, 2012 at 2:43 am
Category: News
Tags: Android, SkyDrive, Wave 5
  • jkth

    Hmmm…would prefer the ability to choose a subset of folders to sync onto a device, but at least they’re churning out updates.

  • jkth

    Hmmm…would prefer the ability to choose a subset of folders to sync onto a device, but at least they’re churning out updates.

  • Thinus Kriel

    More that a rumor, I think …. You can’t ignore 60% of the smartphone phone market. They would love to but can’t

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

      Microsoft already recommends 3rd party SkyDrive apps, so they aren’t really being ignored.

  • Thinus Kriel

    More that a rumor, I think …. You can’t ignore 60% of the smartphone phone market. They would love to but can’t

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

      Microsoft already recommends 3rd party SkyDrive apps, so they aren’t really being ignored.

  • theNewDanger

    When they get bona fide Excel, PowerPoint, and Word apps on those platforms that synchronize with SkyDrive, then I’ll sit up straight to give a phluck. Apple charges for their own iWork document editing apps that synchronize with iCloud via iOS. I’d pay for Microsoft’s apps on Android or iOS in the same way. A SkyDrive app is useless without a real effort BY MICROSOFT to integrate SkyDrive into the host operating systems.

  • theNewDanger

    When they get bona fide Excel, PowerPoint, and Word apps on those platforms that synchronize with SkyDrive, then I’ll sit up straight to give a phluck. Apple charges for their own iWork document editing apps that synchronize with iCloud via iOS. I’d pay for Microsoft’s apps on Android or iOS in the same way. A SkyDrive app is useless without a real effort BY MICROSOFT to integrate SkyDrive into the host operating systems.