Gmail users can now interact directly with Microsoft’s SkyDrive, thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft and Attachments.me.

Users who have installed Attachments.me’s Chrome or Firefox plugin can have attachments received in Gmail automatically saved to a folder in SkyDrive. They can also access or share files in Microsoft’s cloud-based storage from Gmail. The Attachments.me functionalities utilize a newly revised SkyDrive API.

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Attachments.me CEO Jesse Miller said in a statement that “many of our users are professionals in offices that use a lot of Microsoft products.” He added that when Microsoft announced SkyDrive would be integrated with their new suite of Office Web Apps, “it became obvious we need to integrate with them.”

Attachments.me has also been busily providing integrations with other cloud storage services, including Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. The company’s focus is on improving the experience of using files via email, such as allowing users to share files in the cloud from within their email.

It also enables users to setup file type and sender rules that will route email attachments sent to the cloud -- which it calls “automatic filing.” The company gives the example of having all ticket email attachments automatically sent to a tickets folder. A link to the folder can be readily emailed, so that others can access the files there -- if you were buying a ticket for someone else, for instance.

Like the Wheel

The Attachments.me app is an extension to Google Chrome or Firefox, and is also available as an iPhone app.

Attachments.me indexes all the attachments coming into a Gmail account, so they can be searched. From the mobile app, the attachments can be sent without downloading, or files from supported cloud services can be sent as attachments directly from the cloud.

Founded in Toronto in 2011, Attachments.me subsequently moved to San Francisco after receiving seed funding. The company is setting its goals high. In a video on its website, Attachments.me said that, with these functionalities as a start, it “wants to do for the cloud what the wheel did for transportation -- make the whole experience much less bumpy.”