Microsoft and Dropbox join forces to integrate Office with the storage service data
Microsoft and Dropbox are rivals in the field of cloud data storage systems. Service OneDrive from Microsoft is one of the main opponents of the solution from Dropbox, but it seems that both companies have found reasons to cooperate instead of continuing to compete.
A strategic agreement between Dropbox and Microsoft provides the integration of Dropbox and Office. According to both companies, users of Dropbox are stored in its profiles of more than 35 billion Office files, and both tools are frequently used in combination, so that the cooperation is understandable.
The deal, which affects Office apps and Dropbox for phones and tablets and their corresponding web version, is intended to facilitate combined use of the two services. As a result of their partnership, users will be able to do the following:
- to access Dropbox from Office apps, and save documents directly to the storage service;
- edit Office documents directly from Dropbox and sync them across devices;
- to share files from Office apps using Dropbox functions provided specifically for this purpose.
According to the plan, these new features will first appear in the Dropbox and Office apps for smartphones and tablets, and will later be expanded to the Internet. Thus, in the near future are expected to be updated versions of the office apps for iOS and Android. Integration in the web will occur in the first half of next year.
The agreement was marked and the good news for users of mobile operating system from Microsoft – Yes, official app for Windows Phone!