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Apple, Microsoft clashing over SkyDrive, says report

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Apple and Microsoft are reportedly at odds over the revenue share of the latter's SkyDrive iOS app.

The Windows firm is said to be against the prospect of sharing revenue with Apple, forcing the iPhone-maker to block the rollout of the latest update to the service.

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Microsoft recently introduced the option for SkyDrive users to purchase additional store space in-app, but the App Store's terms and conditions dictate that 30% of any revenue this generates must go to Apple.

The Next Web's sources claim that both parties have held talks to find a compromise, but these have been fruitless so far.

Microsoft is said to have threatened to remove all subscription options from the app, removing its ability to generate revenue, if Apple does not approve the latest bug-fixing update.

However, a recent statement from the company confirmed only that the approval process had run into delays.

"Similar to the experiences of some other companies, we are experiencing a delay in approval of our updated SkyDrive for iOS," a Microsoft spokesperson said. "We are in contact with Apple regarding the matter and hope to come to a resolution."

The alleged royalties dispute could take on a new level of significance in 2013 when Microsoft releases the iOS version Office onto the App Store.

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