Skydrive

With the announcements on Windows Store we are announcing lots of new services for developers.

The Windows Live team have been doing some amazing work to help developers on Windows, Windows Phone and other platforms use SkyDrive in their applications.

At //Build the team announced the availability of the developer preview, the next version of the Live Connect APIs and the newly created Live SDK. A number of changes have been made to the SkyDrive API providing the ability for applications to fully access, upload and share documents, photos and videos from a user’s cloud storage in SkyDrive.

With the integration into Windows Phone and Windows 8, SkyDrive is a key part of your “device cloud,” letting you work and play easily across your PC and phone.

A key statement from the team is

SkyDrive also works with apps like Microsoft Office and OneNote so you can organize, collaborate and share from anywhere. We believe that the most value for our customers comes when more people and more apps can connect to the cloud from most available devices. This goes beyond device platforms and applications built by Microsoft. With this API change, any app on any platform now gets to take advantage of the fact that any user with a Windows Live ID, including every Windows 8 user, has free cloud storage in SkyDrive that they can integrate into their experience to access their documents and photos.

For more details see the SkyDrive team blog

Show us your apps

We’re really encouraged by the enthusiasm we’ve seen for students and academics developing and teaching Windows phone application development.

With the availability of the APIs, we’d love to see the innovative ways people incorporate SkyDrive into their mobile apps, devices and websites. Also if your students are developing apps the Microsoft UK Student have some amazing competitions see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoftukstudents/