Microsoft and Apple sparring over SkyDrive iOS app
This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.
Microsoft and Apple have been one of the oldest and most legendary rivalries in the tech world. Microsoft managed to be a big daddy of sorts for decades, before Apple brought about its iPod + iPhone + iPad revolution that made it shoot up from a canny underdog to a hulking behemoth that gobbled up and spat out its competition time and time again. Now, Microsoft has had to bite the bullet and bring out its suite of apps for Apple's iOS operating system, one after the other. True to form though, the two companies have had serious differences over the revenue sharing system for the Microsoft SkyDrive app for iOS.
Apple has managed to make a windfall from its hardware sales, thanks to its persistently popular iPods, iPhones and iPads. Even its Macs have seen an upsurge in popularity that coincides with Apple's resurgence and return to relevance.
The Cupertino company has also managed to make huge profits thanks to the ever increasing number of iOS apps in the App Store. It keeps a fixed cut of app revenues for itself, and that very policy is what is bringing its rivalry with MS to the forefront again.
Microsoft has started allowing new users of the SkyDrive app to get 7 GB of free storage at the start, and it has also left the option of expanding the allotted storage by paying a subscription fee. Apple wants a 30% cut of Microsoft's revenues from new subsriptions, and Microsoft has been adamantly refusing to agree to its terms so far. As a consequence, the SkyDrive app's latest update has been blocked by Apple itself. As a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed:
“"Similar to the experiences of some other companies, we are experiencing a delay in approval of our updated SkyDrive for iOS. We are in contact with Apple regarding the matter and hope to come to a resolution."”