Microsoft SkyDrive Android phone app launches

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Software giant Microsoft has released an Android version of its free cloud storage SkyDrive app through the Google Play Store.

The application is optimised for use with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, although Microsoft claims it will work with any release after the 2.3 version.

Android phone owners can use the app to access cloud-based SkyDrive files from any Android phone.

Similar apps for Apple iOS and Windows Phone users have been available since December 2011. Microsoft recently claimed these have been downloaded by more than four million users.

In a blog post, Mike Torres, group program manager at SkyDrive Apps, said Android phone users should enjoy a similar experience to iOS and Windows Phone owners.

"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," he wrote.

The app appears to have been broadly welcomed by Google Play users, where 906 of the app's 1,277 user reviews have awarded it five stars.

However, several users have complained the app will not let them upload text files or create new documents.

Caroline Donnelly is the news and analysis editor of IT Pro and its sister site Cloud Pro, and covers general news, as well as the storage, security, public sector, cloud and Microsoft beats. Caroline has been a member of the IT Pro/Cloud Pro team since March 2012, and has previously worked as a reporter at several B2B publications, including UK channel magazine CRN, and as features writer for local weekly newspaper, The Slough and Windsor Observer. She studied Medical Biochemistry at the University of Leicester and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism at PMA Training in 2006.