Last week brought the happy news about Microsoft and Dropbox partnering together over office integration. Ilya Fushman, head of product, business and mobile at Dropbox, revealed the news in his blog that he posted on Dropbox’s official blog on November 6, 2014. Shortly after, Microsoft also confirmed the same in its blog. And we think that this partnership is a win-win for everybody.
What gets us excited is the fact that how much business houses will gain from this partnership. We ourselves use Dropbox for Business for our day to day operations. And we haven’t heard of anybody who doesn’t use Microsoft Office. So, this partnership means a lot to businesses like ours and many others as well. To us, combining these two powerful services means access to an even more seamless experience.
The functionality will be rolled out to iOS and Android users pretty soon. Dropbox will also be releasing a Dropbox app for Windows phone and tablet users in subsequent months. When that happens, you can be sure of one thing – boundless productivity! It is not merely about bringing together the magic of Dropbox and your Office desktop experiences to the mobile and the web. There is more. With Dropbox and Microsoft storage integration you will be able to edit all your Office files directly from your Dropbox mobile app. The changes you make in the file will sync automatically across all your devices, therefore giving you the freedom to work anytime from anywhere.
Similarly, you can access your Dropbox files from your Office mobile and web apps. Therefore, you will always have access to your work whenever and wherever you need it. Saving new files to Dropbox directly from your Office app is another plus point.
What’s more, you ask? The updated Office app will come with a Dropbox sharing functionality that will allow you to share any of your newly added or edited files. So, as soon as you are finished with your document you can send you to the people who need it, saving you precious time.
Dropbox for Business customers with Office 365 licenses will be the first ones to take advantage of these new developments. We hear that the mobile integrations on iOS and Android will be included in the next updates to the Office apps for phones. Those waiting for the web integrations will have to wait till the first half of 2015.
We can’t wait to download the new Dropbox and Office apps!