Microsoft’s partnership with Dropbox came as a surprise to many, but this is the ‘new Microsoft’ we’re talking about, and things are more possible now than have ever been before, like the possibility of getting Office on an iPad. Still, it is certainly nice to see real change happening at Microsoft, and the changes are coming in fast.
As promised last November, Dropbox users with Microsoft Office documents stored in their cloud storage solution can now edit those documents directly in the browser thanks to Office Online integration. This completely eliminates the need to download documents, or even owning Office on the desktop.
All users need to do, is click a single button in Dropbox to launch their Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel files in Office Online and make the changes they need to, and then have the changes automatically save back to Dropbox. Microsoft and Dropbox take this integration to the next level by allowing Office Online users access to their Dropbox folders directly from Office Online as well.
Everyone from Dropbox for Business customers with an Office 365 license, or Dropbox Basic and Pro users can start taking advantage of this integration starting today. It certainly makes it a much more seamless experience for Dropbox and Office customers to work with their files, especially if all they want to do is something as basic as fixing a spelling error or inserting an image, as it should be.Further reading: Dropbox, Microsoft, Office Online