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Microsoft Cranks Out Two More iPhone Apps: Kinectimals and SkyDrive

Microsoft is turning out to be quite the iOS developer.

Earlier this month, the company released an Xbox Live app for the iPhone. On Monday, the company announced OneNote for the iPad and Lync for the iPhone. Today, Redmond announced iPhone versions of both Kinectimals and its SkyDrive online storage service.

That’s on top of an existing stable of apps that includes Bing, Photosynth and Windows Live Messenger.

While most of Microsoft’s iOS apps are free connections to existing services, the company is charging $2.99 for Kinectimals.

As I noted earlier this week, Microsoft has long faced the challenge of wanting to support its own mobile operating system, while also acknowledging that it is not the epicenter of the phone universe. The company still reserves some of its most extensive work for Windows Phone, which offers mobile versions of the full Office suite as well as a deeper Xbox Live connection than is possible on the iPhone.

Google has taken a similar approach, doing significant work for iOS alongside its Android efforts.

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