Microsoft with Attachments.me simplify the way users connect to SkyDrive cloud-storage service with Gmail.
"As more and more developers have been building Windows 8 apps, they've appreciated the Windows 8 file picker integration with SkyDrive and wanted to also make it simple to integrate a SkyDrive file picker with their websites," Microsoft stated in a September 10 blog post.
Using Attachments.me's Chrome extension, "you can now send and access SkyDrive files directly in Gmail." Additionally, "you can create rules to automatically save certain attachments to SkyDrive (e.g. "whenever John Doe sends me an attachment, save it to my "Files from John" folder in SkyDrive")," Microsoft writes.
Some other apps that integrate with SkyDrive, include document readers like GoodReader, Bookviser and productivity apps like Podio or RightSignature. In addition, Microsoft also recently released an update for the SkyDrive developer experience to "Remove all API restrictions related to photo resolution and content types; and Provide a new, easy-to-use file picker API for websites (similar to our file picker for Windows 8 apps)."
Microsoft is encouraging developers to integrate SkyDrive directly with their apps --to this end, the company provide details on how developer can take advantage of these updates to:
- "Upload full resolution pictures from your app (Note, Microsoft lifted restrictions on uploading full resolution images and non-document file types)
- Use SkyDrive to backup app data
- Enable any web app with personal cloud storage using our new file picker."
What is enabling this scenario is an update to the SkyDrive software development kit (SDK), that includes a application-programming interface (API) -- similar to the file picker for Windows 8 apps -- the new API allows third-party sites/apps to integrate directly with the SkyDrive file picker. The SDK update also removes all API restrictions related to photo resolution and content type.
Microsoft also cites, an example of a developer Aniden's David Chien, who integrated SkyDrive into his Windows 8 app, "Cliphoarder," that allows you to clip text and images out of any website and save them to your SkyDrive automatically.
Attachments.me' Chrome extension is available here.