Microsoft has a number of new developer tools for SkyDrive
Kevin William Grant
Published on
December 31, 2020

Microsoft has a number of new developer tools related to its SkyDrive file-sharing and cloud storage service, including new software development kits for .NET and Windows Phone 8.

The new SDKs for the .NET software framework for Windows and the recently released Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system are available for download.

The .NET SDK comes in both a client and server version, providing a .NET library for client desktop apps as well as for ASP.NET application.

Along with the Windows Phone 8 SDK, the devkit for .NET allows developers to build SkyDrive functionality into their apps and programs.

With the server version of the SDK, .NET developers are now able to build ASP.NET websites and Web server components that communicate with SkyDrive. The kit comes with tools that make it easier to incorporate Microsoft account into your identity system. There are also options to just use Microsoft accounts as the primary identity system.

The shared foundation makes it easy for developers to reuse their code for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications.

  • Microsoft also drew attention to several representative SkyDrive tie-ins developed by its ecosystem, including:
  • IFTTT ("if this, then that")
  • The cross-platform "Recipe" tool that allows users to connect their channels across different social media services
  • The electronic signature service DocuSign
  • The SoundGecko, a text-to-audio transcribing service that uses SkyDrive to offer users anywhere access to files

SkyDrive (officially Microsoft SkyDrive, previously Windows Live SkyDrive and Windows Live Folders) is a file hosting service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device. It is part of the Windows Live range of online services and allows users to keep the files private, share them with contacts, or make the files public. Publicly shared files do not require a Microsoft account to access.

The service offers 7 GB of free storage for new users. Additional storage is available for purchase. Users who signed up to SkyDrive prior to April 22, 2012 could opt-in for a limited time offer of 25 GB of free storage upgrade. The service is built using HTML5 technologies, and files up to 300 MB can be uploaded via drag and drop into the web browser, or up to 2 GB via the SkyDrive desktop application for Microsoft Windows and OS X.