Apple bars updates of Microsoft’s Skydrive app; demands 30% revenue
Development of Microsoft's Skydrive app for iOS has come to a standstill, and the last update is dated as June the first of this year. A quiet rift between Microsoft and Apple is preventing an update to get rid of a bug causing the app to crash for some users, and new functionality allowing users to purchase new storage space with Microsoft's cloud service.
Development of Microsoft's Skydrive app for iOS has come to a standstill, and the last update is dated as June the 1st of this year. A quiet rift between Microsoft and Apple is preventing an update to get rid of a bug causing the app to crash for some users, and new functionality allowing users to purchase more storage space with Microsoft's cloud service.
Apple has some very clear policies on making money through iOS apps. It goes like this: either they get a piece of the pie, or you get none.
In more precise terms, in-app purchases must be placed through Apple's own user account services, through which Apple will deduct 30% of whatever user-generated revenue is accrued. Apparently, this policy does not bode well with Microsoft, which has not yet complied with these wishes.
What it comes down to is this: If developers want their apps to be supported in iOS they must link all billing services from the apps to Apple’s account, regardless of the platform the app is running on. In Microsoft’s case, Apple wants the Redmond-based company to link all Skydrive revenues to Apple’s account so that the pride of Cupertino can get a cut of the profit made from the sale of cloud storage—directly through iOS and indirectly from other platforms.
It is obvious that Microsoft is not currently interested in making this sort of eternal bargain. Rather than giving into Apple's wishes, Microsoft has made attempts to come to a compromise, offering to remove all functionality from the iOS application that allows users to sign up for more storage space. So far, however, Apple has ignored these requests.
The problem is also affecting third party applications that offer Skydrive functionality. Some such apps, offering users a link to sign up for the Skydrive service, have also met with Apple's ominous barricade. There is to be no signing up for paid services on Apple's turf, unless it is through their own system.
“Similar to the experiences of some other companies, we are experiencing a delay in approval of our updated SkyDrive for iOS,” Microsoft told CNET. “We are in contact with Apple regarding the matter and hope to come to a resolution. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”'