Microsoft launching SkyDrive Xbox app, bringing photos and videos to the big screen

Microsoft adds more integration to the Windows 8 ecosystem with the release of SkyDrive Xbox app. Now Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 (even Android and iPhone) users get to view their photos, videos and other files to the big screen with the app. The news comes from a new article at the Windows Blog. According to Microsoft’s words “The app will be going live later today. You can expect to see it on your Xbox after 10AM PST.”

The new experience is focus on removing the ‘connection’ gap between Microsoft’s line of products, and now the company is one step closer to fully integrate all its services and devices. Starting today users not only can upload and get access to their SkyDrive content from their Windows Phones (Android or iPhone), but now Xbox users can also easily stream their content to the TV.

Info: The SkyDrive app is not a replacement for the Xbox Cloud Saved Games feature

SkyDrive for Xbox 360 is primarily targeted for the user’s photos and videos, but not limited as the software giant notes: “other file you put in SkyDrive from Windows or the web will be available on your Xbox-connected TV”. Here are the scenarios that Microsoft is featuring: Photo-sharing and stream your videos to the big TV; “Snap and see”, is a feature for Windows Phone users which allows them to take pictures and see them almost instantly (remember that the game console and phone has to be signed in with the same Microsoft account!); and the last, but not least, is “Party slide show”, a feature that enables you to create an album of photos and display them as slides during a party.

Another feature is the support for Kinect, this means that you can talk to the Xbox 360 or use gestures to navigate the new SkyDrive app.

Want to see more? Take a look a the video above to get a glance on how everything works.

Source TechCrunch

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