Many users around the globe use Dropbox for their file sharing and collaboration project, including myself. It’s used by the hundreds of millions, and having it integrate with Microsoft’s products has always been an issue. On Tuesday, Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership for all.
With Dropbox being home for over 35 billion Office documents, it finally makes sense that these two large companies would team up to make things easier on the user. The partnership will allow users to do more with their phones, tablets, the web, and anywhere they can access Office and Dropbox files.
Editing Files From Dropbox Mobile App
The first announcement from this partnership is the ability to edit Office docs directly from the Dropbox mobile app. This will be huge for mobile users, as they will be able to access their Dropbox Office files and edit them without having to move to a third party application or another way.
The ability to edit Office files and sync changes across devices makes it perfect for the two companies. Users can create a file at home, edit it on the go, and finish it at the office, and have it available at all places. All the edits get saved to Dropbox, and the Office and Dropbox sync works perfectly.
Accessing and Sharing Files
Secondly, users will be able to access Dropbox files from within the Office App, and save new files directly to Drobox. This will allow users to sync docs and keep them safe, all without having to leave the Office iPad or Android app. This will be huge for mobile and tablet users, as they can save the files on the cloud.
Lastly, users will be able to share links from Office. One the user finishes making changes to the final document, they can share it by sending a dropbox link to anyone they choose. This will make it easier to copy the link, send it via email, and let the other party view the file when needed. Mobile iOS and Android users should see these changes take effect in the next few weeks, and Dropbox for Business users will see it soon. Windows Phone users will get a new app as well.
This is a perfect collaboration with the two big companies. I can’t wait to try it out and start using it.