More Microsoft iOS apps hit App Store: News in brief

Microsoft released an iOS SkyDrive app and added iPad support for OneNote. Plus: news on Box, YouSendIt and a dangerous Angry Birds clone.

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Microsoft releases more iOS apps

When it comes to Apple and consumerization, Microsoft is taking the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach. The enterprise software giant released an iPhone app for its cloud storage service, SkyDrive. Cloud storage services are supposed to let users access their data from any device, and the lack of support for one of the leading smartphones was a glaring hole for SkyDrive.

Microsoft also added iPad support to its OneNote iOS app. OneNote is a note-taking app that syncs notes across multiple devices.

What’s in the Box? More security

Cloud storage and collaboration provider Box added some new features designed to offer more control over corporate data. Box rolled out a new Smart Shared Link feature, which lets users limit access to documents shared via hyperlinks. (The links won’t work for unapproved users.) The company also updated its Trusted Access Management feature so IT admins can track and control the devices and applications that employees use to access Box. In addition, Box announced support for Intel’s single sign-on service.

For more on Box, check out our Q&A with CEO Aaron Levie.

YouSendIt goes after business users

New YouSendIt apps for the iPad, Android and Mac desktops are designed to let users securely send documents to the cloud and share them with colleagues. The company targeted this week’s announcements at business users, stepping up competition with Box, Dropbox and other cloud storage and collaboration service providers.

The big gun in the YouSendIt arsenal is that users can send, sync, store and sign documents with just one service, which isn’t always possible with other cloud storage services. YouSendIt’s account options range from a free version, where users can transfer one 50 MB file at a time, to the Pro Plus version, which costs $14.99 per user per month and offers unlimited storage and e-signatures. Active Directory integration is also available.

Android malware clones popular apps

Google deleted a dozen malicious Android apps from the Android Market this week. The malware looked exactly like popular Android apps, including Angry Birds, but it racked up expensive texting charges for users, our sister site SearchSecurity.com reported. There were no data breaches associated with this malware, but Android security already has a bad reputation in the enterprise. And this news didn’t do anything to help.

Report: Apple to buy Anobit for flash storage

Apple is gearing up to purchase Anobit, a semiconductor company in Israel that specializes in flash storage products. Israeli business newspaper Calcalist reported that Apple’s Anobit acquisition will be to the tune of $400 million to $500 million, according to Reuters. Anobit’s technology already powers flash memory in the iPhone 4S, and its chip designed to improve flash drive performance is available in the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air.

Margaret Hanley is assistant site editor for SearchConsumerization.com. Email her here. Colin Steele is senior site editor for SearchConsumerization.com. Email him and follow him on Twitter @colinsteele.

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