Office Online Users Can Now Edit Their Files in Dropbox
The companies take the next step in their technology partnership by linking Office's Web-based apps with Dropbox.Office Online, Microsoft's browser-based suite of Word, PowerPoint and Excel productivity apps, is following in the footsteps of its mobile counterparts. Microsoft announced that Office Online users can now link their Dropbox to their accounts, a capability available to the iOS, Android and Windows versions of the company's productivity apps. "Now, when working in Office Online you can add your Dropbox account to easily browse, open and edit Office files with Office Online," said Microsoft is a brief April 9 statement. "You can also create new files in Office Online, and save them directly to your Dropbox." Microsoft and Dropbox first revealed in November that the companies had partnered to enable collaboration across the Office software suite and the cloud storage provider's platform on smartphones, tablets and the Web. The fit was a natural one, they asserted, considering the massive overlap in users between them. Office boasts a user base of more than a 1.2 billion people. Dropbox said at the time that it was sitting on a trove of more than 35 billion Office files that its users stored on the cloud service.
"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, Microsoft's CEO, echoing his company's post-PC product strategy in a statement. "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."