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SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app released

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.

Microsoft introduced the SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.0 app June 2013 enabling business users to access and view documents stored in SharePoint Online from iPhones and iPad. Our promise to deliver faster-paced, continuous innovation continues with today’s announcement of the SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app.

SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 introduces a premier mobile editing experience for Office 365 for business users. The documents you work on remain in their original source location, SharePoint Online in Office 365, enabling you to work with your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents – to easily keep track of them, even while on the go. To provide this kind of rich editing experience, Microsoft developed a clear connection between SkyDrive Pro for iOS and other Office-related apps (Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Web Apps, and OneNote for iPhone/iPad).

Let’s see how it all works.

View, share, and edit files stored in SkyDrive Pro from your iPhone

1.       Make sure you have both SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 installed and the latest update of Office Mobile for iPhone from the App Store. Both apps now support iOS 7.

2.       Launch SkyDrive Pro for iOS and open one of your Office documents. It will launch in View mode using the embedded Quick Look iOS technology.

3.       In the upper right, select the more options button, and then select Edit. The document opens in Office Mobile for iPhone, while maintaining file integrity in-place in SharePoint Online.

4.       Make your edits, review and add comments.

5.       Save the file to SkyDrive Pro.

Select Edit to launch Office Mobile for iPhone from SkyDrive Pro for iOS on your iPhone.

View, share, and edit files stored in SkyDrive Pro from your iPad

1.       Make sure you have the latest SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 installed.

2.       Launch SkyDrive Pro for iOS and open one of your Office documents. It will launch in View mode using the embedded Quick Look iOS technology.

3.       In the upper right, select the more options button, and then select Edit. The document opens in the corresponding Office Web App within the native iPad Safari browser.

4.       View and edit your Word document, present a PowerPoint presentation, or even co-author an Excel workbook. All your files are at your fingertips, managed and shared by you from your SkyDrive Pro.

5.       Save the file to SkyDrive Pro. Share with a colleague. Get work done.

 

Select Edit to launch the corresponding Office Web App on an iPad in the native Safari browser.

 

Open OneNote files from SkyDrive Pro directly to OneNote for iPhone and iPad

The OneNote for iPhone and iPad apps recently added support for Office 365. Now, in combination with this update to the SkyDrive Pro for iOS app, you can both view and edit OneNote notebooks stored in your SkyDrive Pro, natively within the iOS OneNote apps. Your notes appear the same-even rendering ink-across all your devices (Windows, Windows Phone, Android, iOS). The OneNote file remains connected to your SkyDrive Pro in Office 365, allowing you to keep track of your work notes, all in place, even on the go.

1.     Make sure you have the OneNote app installed on your iPhone or iPad.

Install OneNote for iPhone and OneNote for iPad from the App Store.

2.     In the SkyDrive Pro app, select the file from the folder view, and then select Edit.

3.     Review and add to your notebook.

4.     Save your notebook to SkyDrive Pro.

 

Select Edit to open a notebook directly in OneNote in SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 on your iPad (shown here) or iPhone. 

What do you want to see next from SkyDrive Pro for iOS? Let us know in the comments section below, after you play with the latest version. Help shape the future.

Thanks,

–Mark Kashman

Senior Product Manager – SharePoint

@mkashman

 

FAQ

Q:  Which Office 365 plans can use the SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app?

A:  The SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app is designed for Office 365 for business users who have usage rights to SkyDrive Pro.  Specifically, these plans are:  Office 365 Small Business (P1), Office 365 Small Business Premium (P2), Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, and E4, Office 365 Education A2, A3, and A4, and Office 365 government G1, G3, and G4.  Please note that Kiosk users and external users do not have usage rights for SkyDrive Pro personal storage.

Q. Does this announcement apply to Office 365 Home Premium subscribers?

A. No. SkyDrive Pro is not the same as SkyDrive. The “Pro” is based on SharePoint, enterprise-grade content management. Thus, this article does not apply to Office 365 Home Premium, which combines the latest Office applications with 20 GB of SkyDrive storage, which can then be accessed via the SkyDrive for iOS app.

Q. Does this announcement apply to Office 365 dedicated subscribers?

A. No. The SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app does not yet support Office 365 dedicated plans. We are committed to providing SharePoint Online Dedicated customers access in a future app release.

Q. Does this announcement apply to customers who have deployed SharePoint 2013 on-premises?

A. No. The SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app does not yet support SharePoint on-premises. We are committed to providing on-premises customers access to their SkyDrive Pro in a future app release.

Q. What is SkyDrive Pro?

A. SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for organizations and their employees. With SkyDrive Pro, you can upload, browse, and share files across all of your devices, including accessing your most recently used files. And you get all of the security and tools that SharePoint Online offers to help you be more productive at work. To learn more, watch this SkyDrive Pro video and read the “What is SkyDrive Pro?” article on Office.com.

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8 comments
  1. I don’t really understand what this Skydrive Pro app is for when the editing apps all provide a browse for Skydrive Pro ? What does this app do that cant be done in Office Mobile better already ?

    and, while I’m on it, please make a Skydrive Pro syncing agent thing for OSX.

    • SDP for iSO Gives you a focused view of just SkyDrive Pro folders/content, ability to take content "selectively offline", uses the sharing (internal and external) mechanisms governed by SharePoint Online / Office 365 by tenant – and does not send shared docs as attachments, but rather keeps in place in SPO/O365, ability to rename folders/content. And Microsoft is committed to bring a SkyDrive Pro Sync for Mac client to OSX platform. We’re not yet ready to share timing, but are clear on feedback and priorities.

  2. Licensing question: What about O365 NPO?

  3. Hi,

    When can we use Skydrive Pro for sharepoint 2013 on-premises?

  4. I keep thinking that MS will release a useful app for the iPad… disappointed again. What exactly would you use this app for? It’s completely worthless. You might as well just login to the office 365 website. A big thumbs down.

  5. I’d like to be able to upload files to any folder using the app, as Dropbox does. I’d also like to be able to ,move them without using the browser.

  6. Would really like to see a Mac version. Without everyone in our org will still be using Dropbox and this is basically useless.

  7. What about data encryption on mobile device ? Does the application encrypt data or let the job to IOS ? I only read security care about server storage (big brother NSA is watching you…).

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