Early last year, Microsoft announced Cloud Storage Partner Program (CSPP) which enabled cloud storage providers to connect their services to Office Online and Office for iOS. Microsoft today announced that they are adding real-time co-authoring with Office Online for documents stored in partner cloud services like Dropbox and Box.
Real-time co-authoring with Office Online is now available for users whose documents are stored in Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox and Egnyte. Also starting today, any other partner in the CSPP program can enable real-time co-authoring using standard interfaces.
Microsoft now allows partner cloud services to tightly integrate with Office for iOS.
Users can now browse for PowerPoint, Word and Excel files on their favorite cloud service right from within an Office app. They can open, edit or create in these apps with confidence that their files will be updated right in the cloud. Users can also open Office files from their cloud storage app in Office, then save any changes directly back to the cloud.
Another good news from Microsoft today is that the Dropbox and Box integrations are now coming to Outlook.com in addition to the existing OneDrive support. In the coming weeks, users of the new Outlook.com can attach files from Dropbox, Box and OneDrive right from their inboxes and they have the option to send these files either as traditional attachments or as cloud-based links.