Microsoft and Dropbox announce partnership for Office integration
Microsoft and Dropbox announced yesterday "a strategic partnership to help people work more effectively." The two companies will integrate their services for multiplatform collaboration, offering support for phones, tablets, and the Web.
According to Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, "Microsoft and Dropbox will provide our shared customers with flexible tools that put them at the center for the way they live and work today." The official press release reveals that over 1.2 billion people use Office and Dropbox hosts more than 35 billion Office files, so bringing these two worlds together is a natural move.
Users of Microsoft Office and Dropbox are now able to access Dropbox from within Office apps, edit Office files from Dropbox and sync them between multiple devices and platforms, as well as share files from Office apps using Dropbox's sharing capabilities.
These features will be implemented in the next updates to the Office apps for Android and iOS. These updates should launch "in the next few weeks," while Web integration between the Dropbox website and Office Online will go live "in the first half of 2015." At last, a Dropbox app will hit Windows Phone and Windows tablets "in the coming months."