Almost immediately after Apple had unveiled its iCloud, its cloud storage/sync service, Microsoft goes on the defensive, and have posted a blog entry reminding everyone that it already have cloud offerings in the form of Hotmail and Skydrive.
Its blog post (titled “Don’t wait for your cloud – use Hotmail and SkyDrive today on your PC, Mac, or Phone” ) also revealed that it upcoming Windows Phone release – Mango, will also come with pre-installed apps that will be integrated into the Skydrive cloud, allowing the user to sync and share photos, videos and documents. However, it was clarified on Liveside.net that there will be no syncing of music and streaming from Skydrive.
From the looks of it, Windows Phone Mango’s cloud integration is not as rich as what was offered by Apple, and clearly pales in comparison, despite having been ahead of Apple in offering cloud features (Skydrive). But to be fair, it’s not just Microsoft who had been out-maneuvered by this late entrant. I think Apple has caught Google and everyone else off-guard this time in providing cloud services that is not only feature-rich, but also in being able to seamlessly integrate into the users’ user experience.