Microsoft and Dropbox today announced a partnership to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the Web.
“In our mobile-first and cloud-first world, people need easier ways to create, share and collaborate regardless of their device or platform,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together, 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.”
With this partnership, you’ll be able to:
- Edit Office files directly from the Dropbox mobile app. Your changes will sync automatically across all your devices, so you can work anytime and anywhere.
- Access Dropbox files from the Office mobile and web apps, so you’ll always have your work right where you need it. You can save your new files to Dropbox right from Office apps, too.
- Share new or edited files from within Office apps using the Dropbox sharing functionality, so there are no extra steps between finishing a document and sending it off to colleagues.
The mobile integrations on iOS and Android will be included in the next updates to the Office apps for phones which will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and the web integrations between the Dropbox website and Office Online will be available in the first half of 2015. Microsoft also announced that Dropbox will be releasing a Dropbox app for Windows phone and tablet users in the coming months.
Dropbox for Business customers with Office 365 licenses will soon be able to take advantage of these new features.