Apple blocking SkyDrive from iOS store, wants cut of revenue

The first 7 GB of SkyDrive storage is free, but users can buy as much as 100 GB of storage.

Now Apple is insisting that Apple should get a cut of any SkyDrive purchases made via their devices, be it via the official SkyDrive app, or via integration with 3rd party apps.

That cut is 30%, and the policy is consistent with the same one which Dropbox suffered from, which in the end forced them to remove any way for an iOS user to purchase additional storage.

According to TNW Microsoft’s biggest issue with paying Apple’s 30% cut is that it would continue for the length of the subscription, which could easily be several years, and would last even beyond the user graduating from Apple’s products.

As it is Microsoft and Apple are at an impasse, and Microsoft is unable to update their iOS SkyDrive app, and 3rd party devs cant integrate SkyDrive in their apps on iOS.

While Apple has the right to run the store as they see fit, with hundreds of millions of users in their ecosystem I can still see the abuse of their power attracting Justice Department scrutiny.

Read more detail at TNW here.

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