Whether you're a Mac or PC user, you've likely come across at least one or two applications or programs that you really liked, but couldn't run because of the brand of computer you chose. Mac computers allow users to run Windows simultaneously, to try and make up for this problem, but it's still quite inconvenient to switch your whole system just to run one or two Windows-compatible programs.
There is good news for Mac users. Microsoft is bringing its SkyDrive cloud services to iTunes (you can all rejoice now!). SkyDrive is just the latest in several apps Microsoft is offering to Mac users, indicating an end to the decades of exclusive competition.
Obviously Mac and Microsoft will continue to compete with each other, but it seems that the consumer experience may be taking a lead in priority for the companies. According to Mike Torres, who is the group program manager of Microsoft's SkyDrive Devices and Roaming group, the decision to offer SkyDrive to iTunes users was to allow them to access their personal content despite their choice of device. Surely, it also doesn't hurt that the move expands their customer base significantly. In addition to SkyDrive, Microsoft has slowly been adding more and more of their services to the iTunes Store. A OneNote app was recently launched for the iPad, as well as iPhone apps for Bing and Messenger services.
SkyDrive is a cloud storage service, designed to work across all devices. Cloud storage is a new way to store information and media virtually. One of the biggest problems that anyone has with computers is a hard-drive crash. It happens less often now than it used to, but can be just as devastating. If your hard drive crashes without a backup system, it means that you've lost any documents, photos and projects saved on the computer. This can mean months or years worth of work and memories down the drain. Cloud storage was developed as a solution to this problem.
The cloud storage service, SkyDrive, is maintained by Microsoft. Any information saved to SkyDrive is stored and backed up, virtually on their servers. This takes a load of responsibility off the user, so he or she can enjoy their content without the stress. Another huge benefit to cloud storage is the ability to access information from any computer or device with internet access. There is no longer any need to carry files with you from the office to home and back. Users can store a project folder on SkyDrive from their work office, drive home, access the files and get back to work from their home office. Folders can also be easily shared with friends, family or coworkers via email.
The SkyDrive app was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and is available in several languages. The app is free to download and requires iOS 4.0 or later to operate. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and currently holds a 4 star iTunes rating, based on 230 reviews.