MICROSOFT AND DROPBOX ANNOUNCE OFFICE PRODUCT INTEGRATION

06 Nov MICROSOFT AND DROPBOX ANNOUNCE OFFICE PRODUCT INTEGRATION

Many are trying to unsettle Microsoft’s Office dominance, and the intense competition in cloud storage/collaboration space makes the Dropbox and Microsoft partnership very interesting.

There are Currently 35 billion Office documents stored on Dropbox, by creating simple synergy between devices and apps, Dropbox and Microsoft look to be focusing on growing their enterprise businesses and locking people into a collaboration ecosystem before rivals like Google have a chance to make serious waves.

Microsoft was slow to party in both the mobile and cloud storage space and failed to recognize early on, the impact the two would have, in the consumer and enterprise markets, CEO Satya Nadella has already made some swift moves to rectify the mistake. In a ‘post PC world’ the move is an exciting one and highlights Microsoft’s strategy of taking a platform-agnostic approach, while Dropbox now has an edge over rivals Box who have been stronger with their enterprise offering.

What the partnership means for Dropbox and Office users: 

Previously, users were required to request to access Dropbox content. With the new update, which will be released soon, Dropbox users will be able to link their account directly to their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps. This allows users to natively browse, open, and edit Office documents stored on Dropbox directly within the apps.

Dropbox will add options to its own mobile app that allows users to to edit Office documents. If your mobile device doesn’t have Office installed, you will be prompted to download the apps to edit, and these changes will sync back to Dropbox seamlessly.
What the partnership means for Dropbox and Office users:  Previously, users were required to request to access Dropbox content. With the new update, which will be released soon, Dropbox users will be able to link their account directly to their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps. This allows users to natively browse, open, and edit Office documents stored on Dropbox directly within the apps. Dropbox will add options to its own mobile app that allows users to to edit Office documents. If your mobile device doesn’t have Office installed, you will be prompted to download the apps to edit, and these changes will sync back to Dropbox seamlessly.