Microsoft unleashes OneDrive API for easier in-app use

Nate Swanner - Feb 24, 2015, 1:09 pm CST
Microsoft unleashes OneDrive API for easier in-app use

Microsoft really, really wants you to use OneDrive. As a cloud storage solution, it’s pretty standard fare, so those with existing accounts elsewhere might not be enticed to move. If it were easier to upload to OneDrive, though — you might make the jump. It’s a ploy we see with Dropbox, where ease of uploading (or downloading) files makes their service really attractive. Now, Microsoft is announcing their OneDrive API is ready for Developers, which should bring the cloud storage service everywhere you are, digitally speaking.

A few, like PicMonkey and IF, are already using OneDrive APIs. The API supports all major platforms, including iOS, Android, and the web (and Windows, obviously).

As a Developer option, the OneDrive API sounds pretty robust. Microsoft says users will have resumable uploads on files up to 10GB via file-fragment uploading, which even works with richer content like HD pics and videos.

Microsoft also says they’re using the new API internally already. To keep everyone on the same page, Microsoft tells Devs “whenever we have access to new functionality, so will you”.

The API doesn’t as though it’s too wordy, so this could start popping up as a feature in your apps in a few months. Or weeks. Depends on the Developer, really.

Cloud storage is a pillar of success for the new-look Microsoft, so while this API is a bit unexpected, it’s not surprising. Most other major cloud storage solutions have something similar going on, so OneDrive catching up is great news for those who use OneDrive.

Source: Microsoft

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