SkyDrive is now OneDrive – Time to Update

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Microsoft has updated SkyDrive app to become OneDrive app. If you do not have SkyDrive or OneDrive installed, it is real simple to get going. If you have it installed, it is still pretty simple.

New Installations:

Head on over to and download the app. OneDrive








OneDrive is available for Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. It is also available for Mac OS X.

Have a Tablet? No problem. OneDrive is available for it as well.

OneDrive Tablet

OneDrive is even available for your mobile phone.
OneDrive Phone

Installation is straightforward and if you activate photo synching, you get some extra storage. Also, refer friends, get more space as well!

Upgrading Installations

If you are installing on a Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer, running the setup from the links above will upgrade you to OneDrive.

On Mac OS X, head on over to the App Store and run the upgrade from there.

Tablets – head to your marketplace or store and perform the updates.

Phone – head to the marketplace or store and perform the update as well.


The update brings a new thumbnail view, improved view of shared files, the ability to share multiple items at once, the ability to pin folders to your Start screen, open your OneDrive files in other apps, and bug fixes and performance improvements. A worthwhile update!


Getting Started with Windows Application Development

If you are a developer and have not heard about building apps for mobile devices then you must still be in a dark room with coffee and loud music. Apps are all the rage. Ranging from seasoned developers to 12 year old kids with a Mac. But how do you get started? Do you just start coding and submit? Sure. Well it is not that simple but there are some great tools to get a jump start on app development. This article will talk about a few ways to jump start your application development for the Windows 8 platform.

The Idea

Do you have one? Great. If not, there are plenty of ideas out there you just need to ignite the spark. What better way to ignite it with some starter kits. The Technical Evangelist team at Microsoft has created a bunch of “starter kits” that consume public API’s.

apimash StarterKits · GitHub

They range from the more popular Foursquare and Instagram to Chuck Norris and World of Warcraft. Download these, fire them up, and see how they can jumpstart your app idea.

More Help

Once you are up and running with your idea, you might need more help on location services or media access. There is a plethra of examples and kits over at the Windows Dev Center that can point you in the right directon or answer that question.

What Next?

In the next few weeks I will be sharing a starter kit along with my Windows Store app submission process. I have a great idea, the app will…wait…I can’t let you know yet.