Microsoft has been very nice to Office 365 subscribers, only recently giving Office users access to a whole lot of OneDrive space as part of their subscription but, while the company is pushing their own cloud-based service in a big way, they haven’t forgotten about users who might prefer to use other cloud storage. That’s likely why Microsoft has teamed up with Dropbox, perhaps the most recognisable consumer cloud storage service available, to offer more to users of both Office and Dropbox.
Users will soon be able to, on their Android or iOS mobile devices, edit Office files direct from Dropbox, access their Dropbox content from within mobile versions of Office and share links without having to swap apps.
Dropbox said on their official blog “We know that much of the world relies on a combination of Dropbox and Microsoft Office to get work done. In fact, Dropbox is home to over 35 billion Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.”
“That’s why we’re partnering with Microsoft to help you do more on your phones, tablets, and the web. Soon you’ll be able to access your Dropbox directly from Office apps, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app.”
This functionality will also be rolling out to the web and desktop based world by early next year, with a Windows Phone and Windows-based tablet app also being in the works.