It’s no secret that cloud storage and communications is a huge part of Microsoft’s future, and their getting users to collaborate on it is important. On Wednesday, Office Online announced new cloud storage options for the product.
In a blog post updated early Wednesday, Kirk Koenigbauer of Microsoft’s Corporate VP of the Office Team went into details on the Office Online upgrades. With more options and real-time authoring in the cloud, Office Online got very impressive.
Realtime Co-Authoring With Cloud Services
The first thing that was announced, was the update to the real-time co-authoring service on Office Online. Now, users of Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox, and Egnyte can enjoy real-time tools with Office Online.
This is a big time upgrade for Office Online and its set of cloud partners. If more users are storing documents in the cloud, now integration can be made easier than ever before. This can only help the cloud grow.
iOS Updates and Outlook.com Integrations
Starting today, CSPP partners will be able to upgrade services to allow for integration with Office for iOS. This means the Office app for iOS can work with more partners, and edit, create, or edit docs from anywhere.
Lastly, Outlook.com got big updates that will allow users to attach files from Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive directly in the web page. It will be live in the next few weeks, and be a huge upgrade for Outlook.com users.
Microsoft is showing their ability to work with cloud services in a rapidly changing market. With the updates to Outlook.com, it gives Yahoo Mail and Gmail a lot of competition.