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Microsoft May Cut SkyDrive Support for iOS

By - Source: The Next Web | B 21 comments

Microsoft and Apple are disputing the latter company's 30-percent cut of iOS-based SkyDrive subscriptions.

The Next Web reports that Microsoft may pull support for SkyDrive on iOS due to a fight with Apple over Cupertino's 30-percent cut of App Store revenues.

Previously, Microsoft added the ability for users to upgrade their SkyDrive subscriptions from an iPhone and iPad. However because of this in-app transaction, Apple now wants its share of the Redmond pie. Apple reportedly won't approve any updates to the SkyDrive app from here on out until Microsoft coughs up the required revenue cut.

According to the report, a critical bug fix that prevents the SkyDrive app from crashing has now been put on hold thanks to the monetary dispute. Sources close to the Microsoft/Apple argument claim the situation may be unresolvable, forcing Microsoft to pull SkyDrive support from iOS altogether.

Why not just own up to Apple's requirement? Microsoft is reportedly trying to work out a compromise, but the two parties have yet to reach an agreement. Microsoft has even offered to remove all subscription options from the iOS app so that it's not generating any revenue, but Apple has refused that as well.

Sources claim that Microsoft's problem with Apple's cut is that it extends beyond the iOS platform. As an example, an iPhone owner could install the SkyDrive app and sign up for additional storage. The billing is through Apple, not Microsoft. Thus, if the iPhone owner decides not to use the iOS app after all, and switches over to Android or Windows Phone 8, Apple will still continue to collect its 30-percent because the subscription is billed through Apple.

To make matters worse, Apple is reportedly "freezing out" developers building third-party applications that interact with SkyDrive. "A few days ago our last update was rejected by the Apple review team because of the presence of the 'Sign Up' button in the Live login authorisation page," the developer of Files Pro said. "According to Apple the presence of this button violates their guideline."

This guideline states that apps "that link to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app, such as a 'buy' button that goes to a web site to purchase a digital book, will be rejected."

Sources point out that even if Microsoft removes its SkyDrive app from the App Store, developers will still be required to remove SkyDrive support from their third-party solutions unless they implement a system that would allow Apple to receive its 30-percent cut.

Dropbox ran into a similar roadblock. Developers using its Dropbox API said that their apps were being rejected because of a "rogue" link that led to the desktop version. Naturally this version offers subscription options, thus violating Apple's policy.

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    makaveli316 , December 11, 2012 6:53 PM
    Apple is slowly digging it's own grave...
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    weierstrass , December 11, 2012 6:50 PM
    Welcome to Apples closed platform. Deal with it or leave.
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 6:41 PM
    It seems that Apple is starting to fight every available company they coop'ed before ... Like Google(maps), then Samsung now Microsoft. Funny... That didn't happen that much under Steve Jobs. Now everything is $$$$$$$$$ and they just want to milk everything around them...
    Reminds me of another company Electronic Arts, which will do anything for profits making the games from stellar to mediocre crap just to earn more $.
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 6:41 PM
    It seems that Apple is starting to fight every available company they coop'ed before ... Like Google(maps), then Samsung now Microsoft. Funny... That didn't happen that much under Steve Jobs. Now everything is $$$$$$$$$ and they just want to milk everything around them...
    Reminds me of another company Electronic Arts, which will do anything for profits making the games from stellar to mediocre crap just to earn more $.
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    heliosai , December 11, 2012 6:45 PM
    Can't they simply remove subscription sign up from the app and tell them to sign up online? Seems pretty simple to me.
  • 17 Hide
    hate machine , December 11, 2012 6:49 PM
    heliosaiCan't they simply remove subscription sign up from the app and tell them to sign up online? Seems pretty simple to me.


    From the article.

    "Microsoft has even offered to remove all subscription options from the iOS app so that it's not generating any revenue, but Apple has refused that as well."
  • 20 Hide
    weierstrass , December 11, 2012 6:50 PM
    Welcome to Apples closed platform. Deal with it or leave.
  • 22 Hide
    makaveli316 , December 11, 2012 6:53 PM
    Apple is slowly digging it's own grave...
  • 10 Hide
    back_by_demand , December 11, 2012 7:44 PM
    weierstrassWelcome to Apples closed platform. Deal with it or leave.

    Eventually, that is exactly what people will do - leave
    ...
    If companies were countries they would realise that even with national disagreements it is better to have co-operation and respective free trade, Apple is acting like North Korea or Iran and being totally xenophobic
    ...
    As the next generation of devices they produce have no hardware from Samsung, no software from Google or Microsoft, all they need to do now is piss off Facebook, Valve and IBM and we could see a truely desolate future for Apple.
  • 2 Hide
    digitalrazoe , December 11, 2012 8:09 PM
    Simple.. just don't use either product.
  • 9 Hide
    Ragnar-Kon , December 11, 2012 8:38 PM
    Normally I would say rules are rules... and no matter how stupid the rules are, you should follow them or leave.

    But then I got to this part of the article:
    "Microsoft has even offered to remove all subscription options from the iOS app so that it's not generating any revenue, but Apple has refused that as well."

    Now that just changes everything. Apple just became a money-grubbin' punk.

    Trying to like you Apple, I really am... 'cause your products are fairly decent. But your business practices are disgusting.
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 8:52 PM
    Greed greed greed.
    And completely anticompetitive on a Platform that has all but a Monopoly on apps.
    That is why Apple should be prosecuted. Unlawful abuse of Monopoly power.
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    pacomac , December 11, 2012 8:58 PM
    I think this article is not telling the full story. Dropbox had exactly the same problem and Apple finally accepted their app once the subscription sign up was removed. I've had my apps rejected on several occasions, but usually for good reason. Apple aren't that unreasonable!
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    dudeabides123 , December 11, 2012 9:16 PM
    silmaGreed greed greed.And completely anticompetitive on a Platform that has all but a Monopoly on apps.That is why Apple should be prosecuted. Unlawful abuse of Monopoly power.

    I completely agree! How can anyone compete with Apple when to be on their platform, you have to give them 30% of whatever it is you get? Imagine if on your windows computer, any digital goods purchased MS got 30% of. Valve wouldn't be able to exist. Nor would other ebook/music/video services.

    Allowing Apple to operate this way sets a dangerous precedent. Whose to say that MS won't do it in future versions of Windows, or android too. Then the only providers to digital content will be the ones that provide the OS.

    digitalrazoeSimple.. just don't use either product.

    As a user, that's fine. But as a content provider, you are losing a huge market share which could equate to a business or service ending in failure.

    With phones and tablets taking up such a large market share and being used as the main computer for many, they should fall under many of the same rules and regulations that operating systems fall under. The EU won't even let MS use IE as the default browser on their same OS. How Apple gets away with these practices is incomprehensible. I hope these practices brought to an end soon.
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    Anonymous , December 11, 2012 9:17 PM
    Sorry Apple, I remember years ago when Microsoft basically kept you in business. You must have very short memories there. As a company your morals are suspect at best. What's the saying, "Don't forget the people who helped on the way up." I do have a sort of grudging respect for the way they have hauled themselves up from the brink but that is wearing thin. As I said at first, if not for Microsoft, you may not be here now.
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    john15v16 , December 11, 2012 9:20 PM
    @apple...greedy bastards
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    dudeabides123 , December 11, 2012 9:38 PM
    dudeabides123Whose to say that MS won't do it in future versions of Windows, or android too.citation]
    And actually, both are already starting to do this.
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    tomfreak , December 11, 2012 10:58 PM
    IrokisIt seems that Apple is starting to fight every available company they coop'ed before ... Like Google(maps), then Samsung now Microsoft. Funny... That didn't happen that much under Steve Jobs. Now everything is $$$$$$$$$ and they just want to milk everything around them...Reminds me of another company Electronic Arts, which will do anything for profits making the games from stellar to mediocre crap just to earn more $.
    because steve job got enough hype + creativity to continue to do milking. Now that he is gone = the hype is facing = apple is fading.

    Electronic Arts could continue to milking without hater if they actually make every single game masterpiece.
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    ivanto , December 11, 2012 11:33 PM
    If Microsoft cut iOS support, I'm forced to cut SkyDrive "support" and switch away.
  • 0 Hide
    trumpeter1994 , December 12, 2012 2:57 AM
    I wonder how this will effect the isheep herd
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    Camikazi , December 12, 2012 3:31 AM
    ivantoIf Microsoft cut iOS support, I'm forced to cut SkyDrive "support" and switch away.

    Problem is without SkyDrive support there will be no Office for iOS and if Apple wants to be very successful in the business sector they will need Office since Windows Phone and Android will be getting it. Just like when Apple was about to go down and had to admit they needed Office and Microsoft's help they need it just as much now. MS Office is a hugely powerful program that can make or break decisions by businesses to use your product and without it Apple will start losing that area.
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    sundragon , December 12, 2012 6:50 AM
    pacomacI think this article is not telling the full story. Dropbox had exactly the same problem and Apple finally accepted their app once the subscription sign up was removed. I've had my apps rejected on several occasions, but usually for good reason. Apple aren't that unreasonable!


    Love how you give a proper example - Dropbox
    You develop apps and give first hand personal experience..

    Yet you got voted down... Please realize reason doesn't work on tom's forums when it comes to Apple. It's not your fault, hell even when Apple does something right, these guys continue with the ranting...

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    alcalde , December 12, 2012 7:57 PM
    Unless everyone here bashing Apple is running Linux, it seems kind of hypocritical to be unilaterally bashing them when Microsoft has locked all Metro apps (the future of Windows) to being sold from their app store, a move even Apple hasn't had the cojones to try yet - although OS X defaults now to being locked down and if MS gets away with it they'll probably join them.
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