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Microsoft launches SkyDrive app on Android

Microsoft has this week fulfilled an earlier promise and released its first official SkyDrive cloud storage app for Android devices.

The new app lets you access and browse all the documents, photos, and other files you have stored on the service right from your Android device. You can also see a list of recently opened documents, and view files that others have shared with you.

With the app, you can select photos, videos, and other files from your phone and upload them to SkyDrive. You'll also be able to get a link to share your files via email. Plus, you can open your SkyDrive files from other Android apps.

The app was designed to work best with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though it will work on Android 2.3 and above. Microsoft earlier this month said that it was working on a SkyDrive app for Android.

"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," Mike Torres, group program manager for SkyDrive Apps, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

The app is now available in the Google Play store. It joins Microsoft's existing SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and iOS. SkyDrive is also available for Windows and Mac.

Microsoft earlier this month unveiled a new look for the Web client, complete with instant search, a contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organisation, and HTML5 sorting.