Microsoft welcomes Dropbox documents into Office Online

Microsoft and Dropbox are offering mutual document editing

Microsoft’s Office Online users can now access and open Dropbox documents through the web software. Windows already offers access to Dropbox, and it is included as part of the Windows 8 installation process.

This move follows the same setup on iOS and Android, and Windows phone and tablets, and signifies an extension of the relationship between the two firms after they recently teamed up for Office cloud integration.

“The next milestone in our partnership is available: integration between Dropbox on the web and Office Online,” said Microsoft in a blog post announcing the Office Online and Dropbox web integration.

“Now, when working in Office Online you can add your Dropbox account to easily browse, open and edit Office files with Office Online. You can also create new files in Office Online, and save them directly to your Dropbox.”

The adoption removes the barrier which meant that users were able to edit on their mobile software but could not do the same on the web.

“We’re willing to bet that your Dropbox is home to quite a few Microsoft Office files and starting today working with those files is even easier,” added Dropbox’s Nikhil Bhargava in a blog post.

“We’ve released a new integration with Microsoft Office Online so you can edit any Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel files in your Dropbox directly from your web browser.

“You don’t need the desktop versions of Microsoft Office or even your own computer to update any Office files stored in your Dropbox.

“You’ll also be able to access your Dropbox directly from Office Online, so you can open any of your Dropbox files and save new files to Dropbox without leaving Office Online.”

The move comes as numerous online collaboration and storage firms looks to enhance their offerings by expanding their capabiltiies. Workshare told V3 this week of its intention to create new software aimed at specific needs of various industries, to try and set itself apart from the competition.

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10 April 2015 | 11:31 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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