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Report: Apple rejects Microsoft SkyDrive updates over 30% cut

Apple has refused to approve an update by Microsoft to its SkyDrive iOS app after the company began offering additional storage subscriptions, according to a report from The Next Web. Microsoft found a recent update to its SkyDrive iOS app rejected by Apple after enabling users of the cloud file-sharing service to purchase more storage space. The report notes that “Microsoft does not appear keen to pay Apple the 30% cut, as it lasts in perpetuity, regardless of whether a user continues to use an iOS device or not, as the billing is through their Apple account;” however, users should be able to cancel App Store-based subscriptions at any time and subscribe through other means. Microsoft has apparently offered to remove all subscription options on the app, but this compromise has not been accepted by Apple.

Since launching in-app subscription services in early 2011, Apple has required developers to use its own In-App Purchasing system for any subscription or content purchases that are accessible from an iOS application. Although companies have traditionally been free to offer their subscription services via other means such as a web site, these cannot be available or advertised within an iOS app unless Apple’s IAP system is being used, for which Apple takes a 30% share of subscription fees.

Notably, this issue also appears to affecting Apple’s approvals of third-party applications that integrate with SkyDrive. While the exact reasons for this are unclear at this time, a similar situation occurred with popular cloud-sharing service Dropbox several months ago, with the problem ultimately being traced to the appearance of subscription purchasing links in the web pages used to log in to the service.

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Every month Apple lets slip numerous apps that are, literally, 100% stolen, just a repost of another developer’s code, and leaves them up for days or even weeks after such incredibly blatant theft is brought to their attention. Every month they let slip even more apps that are outright 100% fraudulent, i.e. screen shots are lifted from another app, often on another platform, description has nothing to do with the app, and the app itself is basically a small hypercard presentation, and these, again, are often up for weeks, sometimes reaching the tops of the earning charts if they’re faking a particularly desired property.

Yet, have a link to a web page you own within your app that has a link to a way to sign up for a service that Apple provides not one iota of infrastructure, advertising, support costs, operating costs, etc. for and Apple is going to catch it…

Nice to see their approval auditors have their priorities straight.


In this particular example, how is MS removing ALL abilities to sign up for the service from the App not an acceptable “compromise” (reminds me of a certain political party’s definition)? Apple’s legal team must have informed whoever made this decision that they are inviting yet another DOJ sniffing party with such an action.

Posted by Code Monkey on December 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM (CST)


What’s even more blatant is when you consider that apps like Dropbox and SugarSync have always provided you a portal to your non-Apple cloud storage, with no ability to sign up for or increase your storage ... exactly like the Microsoft “compromise” that has since been rejected.  The bully in the sandbox is about to get dragged into yet another lawsuit ...

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on December 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM (CST)


I’m taking a “wait and see” approach, since we saw a similar firestorm with the Dropbox app back in the spring before it became clear that the issue was simply a link on the sign-in page that would have allowed users to sign up for a paid account.  A very silly issue, to be sure, but not nearly as dramatic as Apple trying to kill a competitor.

Remember that right now the information in this article is coming from “sources close to Microsoft” and it’s likely there’s still some other subtle issue.  For instance, Microsoft’s “compromise” may have been to remove the IAP functions, but they may be refusing to modify links that appear on sign-in web pages (in the manner that Dropbox was ultimately forced to do).

While Apple’s policy of taking a 30% cut of in-app subscriptions for services that exist outside of the iOS platform is definitely absurd—especially when they get so picky as to preclude even showing links on sign-in pages that appear in Safari—it’s not at all a new thing, and I’d be surprised if Microsoft is being specifically singled out here.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM (CST)

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