Accessing SkyDrive from your iPad with iSMEStorage

Despite all the storage services out there, and I include Google Docs, Amazon S3,, and DropBox, in these, Microsoft SkyDrive takes some beating. For starters you get a whopping 25GB of free storage, and with the recent Office Live integration, you essentially have the ability to create and edit documents.

Just as with Google Docs, we see a lot of business users use SkyDrive as well as individual professionals / consumers. Like the other cloud platforms we support, we add a lot over and above what you get from Microsoft SkyDrive if you use this with the SMEStorage Cloud Platform.

There has not been an App that supported SkyDrive on the iPhone until we released iSMEStorage, and there has not been an App that allowed you to use your 25 GB of file storage on the iPad until we enhanced iSMEStorage to support the iPad. We’ve put together a video demo below so you can see for yourself.

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SME adds support for Microsoft SkyDrive docx pptx and xlsx files

We’ve supported Microsoft SkyDrive in beta for a little while now and recently Microsoft integrated Office Live into the SkyDrive offering. This enables you to create office files and save them from directly within SkyDrive. We’ve now added support to enable these files to be manageable within your SMEStorage account like all other SkyDrive stored files.

Through SMEStorage you can also choose to create, and edit office documents in Zoho Office and then save them back to your SkyDrive account.

There have been criticisms also about the usability of Office Live within SkyDrive. Using SMEStorage Virtual Cloud File System (VCFS) makes it much easier to work with and manage these office files and also gives you much more choice about how you access them (iPhone, BlackBerry, Linux, Mac etc).

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Microsoft change Live SkyDrive & Integrate it with Office Live

Microsoft updated SkyDrive overnight and it is now integrated it with Office Live, meaning you can edit your office documents directly from within SkyDrive. They also changed their authentication and upload mechanism which has means our sync mechanism no longer works with SkyDrive. We are fixing this now and will post an update as soon as this is done.

Update: This is now resolved and you can access SkyDrive as normal via the SMEStorage gateway and data access tools.

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