Platforms & Apps

20 Apps for Microsoft SkyDrive

SkyDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service, similar to Google Drive and Dropbox. SkyDrive comes with some attractive features, such as 7 GB of free storage and mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. With SkyDrive, you can access Microsoft Office docs with free Office Web Apps. In addition, there are third-party productivity apps to maximize SkyDrive.

Here is a list of third-party apps for SkyDrive. There are applications to take notes and sketch ideas, scan documents, centralize images, listen to audio text, assign automated tasks, collaborate with peers, and more. There are both web and mobile applications.

20 Apps for SkyDrive

DocuSign Ink. DocuSign Ink allows you to electronically sign, send and store documents from anywhere at anytime. DocuSign eSignatures are safe, secure and legally binding. Track sent documents, in flight documents, and follow up on completed documents. Price: Free.

DocuSign Ink app

DocuSign Ink.

Idea Sketch. Idea Sketch is a simple and easy-to-use application for creating diagrams and outlines. Jot down your ideas or automatically create one from an email, web page, or document, and let Idea Sketch take care of the drawing. Price: $3.99.

OneNote. OneNote is an app to take notes that save to the cloud so you have them when you need them. With OneNote, you can make lists with check boxes, take photos to put in your notes, customize formatting, search, email notes to friends, and more. Price: Free.

PhatPad. PhatPad is a mobile app to handwrite notes with either a finger or a stylus, and create custom drawings. PhatPad ensures that shapes and words will appear graphically sound and perfectly legible via advanced handwriting recognition and enhancement technology. Price: $4.99.

PhatPad app


Work Notes Pro. Work Notes Pro is a data collection app for Windows tablets. Notes Pro includes a full suite of audio, video, photo, mapping, sketching, and writing capabilities combined with built-in productivity tools. Price: Free.

Genius Scan. Genius Scan is a portable scanner that’s fast and simple. Take a picture of a paper document, automatically detect the edges, and correct the perspective. Price: $1.49.

Handyscan. Handyscan is a document scanner and document keeper for your smartphone. It features automatic scan, independent scanning resolution and flash options, deep zoom, perspective and skew correction, multi-page scans, and more. Price: Free.

SoundGecko. SoundGecko lets you listen to news, websites, and documents. Create custom stations and website RSS feeds. Convert PDF uploads and email attachments. Choose your preferred text-to-speech voice. Price: Free up to 30 pieces per day. Premium is $2.95 per month.

SoundGecko website


Cooliris. Cooliris is a media hub for your smartphone. Access all your photos in one place and share in private group. View images from Camera Roll, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Twitter, Tumblr, and more. Price: Free.

DocScan. DocScan lets you scan multi-page documents. Auto-detect document edges from a picture, correct perspective distortion, remove shadows, and brighten it up to produce a clear and sharp document. Draw lines or annotate on the scanned image anytime. Price: Free.

Documents. Documents is an app to read, listen, view, download and annotate almost anything you want on your iPhone or iPad. In a single app, Documents is a document viewer, PDF reader, download manager, music player, and read-it-later tool. Price: Free.

IFTTT. IFTTT lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: If This Then That. Create “recipes” that set triggers and actions on Channels such as Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter. Price: Free.


IFTTT for iPhone.

Office². Office² is the all-in-one office document editing suite, which lets you view, edit and create Microsoft Word compatible documents, Microsoft Excel compatible workbooks, and Microsoft PowerPoint compatible presentations right on your iPhone. Price: £3.99.

PDF Expert. PDF Expert lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes, draw with your finger and save these changes as compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat. PDF Expert can edit highlights, text notes, and other annotations created in Apple Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Price: $9.99.

WritePad. WritePad is a text editor for iPhone that utilizes advanced handwriting recognition input for the English language, as well as iPhone keyboard for text entry. It includes spell checker, context analyzer, and standard editing operations. WritePad recognizes cursive, print, and mixed handwriting styles. Price: $4.99.

Podio. Podio users create workspaces to collaborate with specific groups of people. Choose from hundreds of readily available, free apps in Podio’s App Market. These apps add structure to any business process or project and are connected to social, collaborative activity streams used for commenting and discussion. Apps. Price: Free up to 5 employees. Teams plan is $9 per month per employee.

Podio website


Android Explorer for SkyDrive. Use your Android smartphone to view images, videos, and documents without downloading them, or compose a playlist of your favorite music and enjoy as it streams directly from SkyDrive. Price: Free.

Found. Found provides a fast and intuitive search experience that locates files across your Mac and cloud services. Start typing and get immediate results with an instant, full-sized preview of nearly any file, even files in the cloud. Price: Free.

HelloFax. HelloFax lets you send and receive faxes from anywhere. Faxes arrive directly in your inbox as a PDF. Send faxes to multiple numbers at once, and even sign and edit them electronically. Price: Free plan comes with 5 free fax pages. Paid plans start at $9.99 per month.

HelloSign. HelloSign helps you to get documents signed with tools to facilitate document signing, tracking, and management. Notifications keep you appraised of the signer’s activity. Sign an unlimited number of documents for free. Price: Free accounts allow you to request up to three signatures from others every month. Premium account is $12.42 per month per user.

HelloSign website


Zapier. Zapier lets you easily connect the web apps you use, making it easy to automate tedious tasks. You can monitor activity in your dashboard, manage your connected accounts, and turn your tasks on and off anytime you want. Price: Free up to 5 Zaps and 100 tasks per month. Basic plan is $15 per month for 20 Zaps and 3,000 tasks.

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