Microsoft and Dropbox teaming up maybe a good new but it is an awesome news for its customers. The companies have joined to allows its consumers to edit Office documents online. This will allow its users to edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents in Dropbox, using Office Online on the web.
Previously, the companies had announced a strategic partnership that allowed Dropbox users to edit Office files from the Dropbox mobile application, the ability to access Dropbox-stores documents from within Office applications and a general improvement in the level of integration between both the tools.
The new announcement has taken it one step higher and offers a first class experience for those using Office and Dropbox. Until before there has been a bit of disconnect in that user had been able to access and edit those Office docs on mobile but not through the browser, Something that’s been done away with now in Dropbox’s ongoing quest to support as many services as possible so users can access their files no matter what platform or tool they are using.
This new integration makes up for the matter that Dropbox does not actually have its own document creation or editing tools – a major disadvantage of the company. This offering will at least feel like a smooth platform experience. Clearly the joining helps it more closely compete with file sharing solutions with editing tools built-in – in particular Google Drive.
Dropbox’s Ilya Fushman said, “Our philosophy is to give people the ability to work with the tools they want and office is clearly the world’s biggest productivity suite.” It is obvious works along with Microsoft has its own perks, he added. Last year’s announcement made more than 35 billion Office documents to be stores in Dropbox. He also stated that Dropbox integration was the number one request from users of Microsoft’s mobile and web apps when they introduced, making this collaboration a pretty natural one.
As a matter of fact this is not an exclusive deal for Microsoft – it has alike third-party integration with iCloud and Box, for instance. However, this move would help Dropbox to increase its market and gain more customers.
Though this may not be a groundbreaking change, for the millions of people who uses Dropbox, they need not have to decide whether the Office files have to be stored in Dropbox or One Drive. For one can store everything in DropBox and Office will see it, whether on mobile or web. It is just a logical extension of the companies that would be mutually benefitted through each other. Millions of users are storing Office documents in Dropbox, so it’s good these companies have joined hands to simplify the task of its users.