Microsoft and cloud-storage service Dropbox inked a deal today to improve the integration between Microsoft Office and Dropbox. As part of the deal, Microsoft will allow users to access Dropbox directly from Office apps, and let them edit Office files from the Dropbox app, the companies announced at the Web Summit, Ireland. Also Read - Xbox Series X restock in India possible by early August, no news on Series S
Microsoft will allow Dropbox features to Office apps that run on smartphones, tablets and the Web. This will let users create and edit documents and share them with other users from within the Office apps via Dropbox. Also Read - Xbox Game Pass: List of games coming to consoles in July, big games releasing next month
The integration was one of the most requested features by Office for iPad users. “Access to Dropbox content popped as one of the very first (Office for iPad) requests that customers had,” explains Kirk Koenigsbauer, head of Microsoft’s Office Engineering team. “They want access to where their content is. We’re doing it to make sure customers have a great experience.” Dropbox said that its service is being used to store over 35 billion Microsoft Office files. Also Read - Top 5 Minecraft Mobile seeds to build a world and where to find them
As part of the collaboration, Dropbox will be making apps for Windows Phone and Windows tablet platforms, the company said. It will rollout the said features to all Dropbox users on Android and iOS in the next few weeks. The company will be adding integrations between the Dropbox website and Office Online next year.
“It’s really about creating a deep connection between Dropbox and Office,” says Ilya Fushman, head of product for Dropbox and Dropbox for Business. “We think this is a huge win for our users. We think this will result in the best possible experience for people trying to get work done, and trying to get work done on the go.”
With this integration users will be able to do the following:
Edit Office files from Dropbox mobile app. Changes made will be sync across devices.
Ability to create and edit a file on the go — all the changes will be saved to Dropbox.
Ability to access Dropbox files from the Office app and add new files to Dropbox. And, ability to share Dropbox links from Office.
It’s a rather surprising move from Microsoft to bolster the integration with rival Dropbox, as it already has a cloud storage service of its own. But it shows yet another instance of how Microsoft is changing under the watch of Satya Nadella.
Neither party discussed the financial terms of the deal, but said, “both sides are dedicating people and budget to make this project happen.”