iOS SkyDrive app stalled as Apple demands its 30% revenue cut from Microsoft

Apple is fighting a legal war on all fronts and it has proven that it will go to great lengths to defend its policies. And the same is true when it comes to its 30% cut on the App Store, with the latest casualty being Microsoft’s SkyDrive application.

Apple has blocked the SkyDrive iOS app as negotiations with Microsoft have stalled. While initially SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, came with no paid option, the company has later on updated the app allowing for users to purchase subscriptions for more than the 7GB free allowance. Users could pay for as much as 100GB of online storage, and Apple wants its 30% cut of those payments.

There is some logic to it, and Apple has been explicit about its App Store policies, but there is also a problem. Actually the whole case is similar to an argument Apple had with Dropbox over similar issues.

The problem is that if Microsoft agrees, 30% of the revenue from SkyDrive subscriptions that originate on iOS will go to Apple. Not just that, but even if a user later switches to say Android or Windows Phone absurdly the 30% cut will still go to Apple.

And now that the two are fighting, SkyDrive is effectively stalled. Microsoft is allegedly ready with a key security patch and cannot proceed with it because of Apple blocking the application.

This goes even further, third-party apps like ‘Files Pro’ are integrated with SkyDrive, and SkyDrive’s ‘Sign Up’ button shows up in them via the Live SDK. Now, Apple has blocked such apps as well because of them displaying that button.

Obviously, the App Store is Apple’s own backyard, but this does not seem to be the optimal approach to developers. So if you are waiting for an update to SkyDrive, you’d better stock up on patience.

source: The Next Web



1. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I will lost my respect of Microsoft, what ever left of it, if Microsoft agrees to be Apple's bitch.

11. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

With 400 million users, it's a pretty difficult hurdle to avoid.

16. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Who says all these 400 mill will use SkyDrive?

18. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

MS shouldnt give in and Apple can definitely stick their attitude up where the sun dont shine..i mean all Apple does is deprive its customers of good facilities by being more and more greedy by the day!

2. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Apple is such a Cry Baby.. #Whiners!!

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

MS should follow the policies like every other developer has.

6. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

well, i am using skydrive, and i have an ipad app for skydrive but i use it on my pc, does really apple deserve 30% of what i pay just because i am able to access my files on ipad too?

8. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

"As greedy as Apple" that's what I always say. One thing i do not understand all these fanatics Apple fans who are trying to protect Apple. It is not like you guys get a cut of share of Apple's profit. All this greed only make Apple look bad.

10. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

It isn't any good to follow a stupid policy just because everyone else does. Microsoft actually has the money and wherewithal to challenge ridiculous policies that affect developers, so they're going to do so.

4. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

that is soooooooooooooooooooo stupid, just made a

5. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Microsoft s**ks !!!! for dis one.

15. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

how does Microsoft suck? please explain... because it would be remiss of me as a developer to shill out 30% of my earnings to apple especially if my software is not being used on apple devices... please do explain how M$ is the bad guy here because the only Grinch i see is greedy apple

7. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

No Deal!

9. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

oh Apple you kick out Google, Microsoft, even shifting away from Samsung. that's not good

12. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

and to think about it, Apple benefited from Nokia's HERE app for free, just in time when their mapping sucks big time, even bigger than the demise of all dinosaurs from a meteor impact! Why so greedy Apple???

13. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I use iOS devices and love Apple products, but Apple truly is corrupt in a way thats way worse than Microsoft.

14. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Apple would be a bigger looser if they don't allow. That rule has been present since the conception of the app store, as far as i can remember. Apple are by the book type. They say no, if it says no in their rule book. Wouldn't blame them completely for that. Thats how most companies operate. Apple needs to reform their rules though.

17. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Let's say Apple, Google, MS and RIM have the same policy where they get 30% of all in-app purchases. Now suppose there is this cross platform service a developer provides. If a user has devices of all 4 platforms and uses this service, does this mean that if he makes an in-app purchase to get additional services, Apple will get 30%, Google gets 30%, MS gets 30% and RIM gets 30%? That's 120%. I recall that Apple's policy has some restrictions on what users can purchase outside of the app. Such a policy seems to really restrict cross-platform services.

19. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft should kill the IOS skydrive app altogether or offer it's priced services only on Microsoft's own web site. not in the Apple app .if I remember correctly Apple does not take a cut of things sold when you surf the web on an Ipad or Iphone and go to a website and buy things from that web site if apple does do that then the Ipad's sales will drop like a rock Microsoft has to learn not to sell anything in an Apple app.

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