Microsoft and Dropbox partner to enhance Office file sharing

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 05 November 2014
Microsoft and Dropbox partner to enhance Office file sharing

Dropbox and Microsoft have integrated their respective collaboration services to improve the way users access, manage and share files using their Dropbox and Microsoft Office accounts.

As part of the partnership, users will be able to leverage Office apps to edit, sync and share Office files directly from Dropbox. For example, when a user viewing a document in Dropbox selects ‘edit’, the relevant Office app will pop up to allow them to make changes. Any changes will automatically save back to Dropbox.

“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 centre for the way they live and work today.”

Available to all Office users with a Dropbox account, the sharing capabilities will be included in the Dropbox and Office apps on tablets and smartphones and will soon be accessible online.

The functionality will be offered in the updated Office apps for iOS and Android, which will be introduced over the next few weeks. Integration between the Dropbox website and Office Online will be available in the first half of 2015, while Dropbox will also make its application available on the Windows Phone and Windows tablet platforms in the coming months.

“People around the world have embraced Office and Dropbox to empower the way they live and work today,” said Drew Houston, CEO and co-founder of Dropbox. “Our partnership with Microsoft will make it easier than ever to collaborate seamlessly across these platforms, giving people the freedom to get more done.”

Dropbox for Business customers will need to purchase an Office 365 subscription to access the services.

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