Microsoft’s SkyDrive app for iOS on Thursday added a wonderful new feature: automatic camera uploads. The cloud storage solution is a big part of Microsoft’s Windows push, and now it’s getting even stronger in competing backyards. The feature was previously only available for Windows Phone, and is supposedly coming to Android sometime down the road. In addition, the updated app now plays nicely with the look and feel of iOS 7, though it’s unmistakably a Microsoft product.
The new feature works exactly as you’d expect, and if you’ve used automatic camera uploads for something like Dropbox, the experience is about the same. Photos can be backed up over Wi-Fi, or you can switch on uploading over mobile data; but be advised if you do choose uploading over mobile data, as full resolution photos are uploaded. However, if you’re concerned with your storage space, you can choose to upload resized photos. The new uploading feature isn’t turned on by default, but you’ll get a prompt to enable it once your app is updated; videos can also be uploaded automatically, too.
One really neat improvement in the iOS app is the ability to open up Office documents directly in Office Mobile or OneNote, rather than having it open inside the app itself. SkyDrive might not be the go-to cloud storage solution compared to other competing services, but it’s nice to see the automatic upload feature being added; it’s nice to have features like that fade into the background. The update is available now for iPhone in the App Store.