Microsoft Announces Strategic Partnership with Dropbox
Article by George Norman
On 07 Nov 2014
Microsoft and Dropbox have recently announced that they entered a strategic partnership. The goal of this Microsoft + Dropbox partnership is to help Office users work more efficiently.

As part of this strategic partnership, the functionality offered by the Office apps for iOS and Android will blend with the functionality offered by the Dropbox apps for iOS and Android.


“In our mobile-first and cloud-first world, people need easier ways to create, share and collaborate regardless of their device or platform,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together, Microsoft and Dropbox will provide our shared customers with flexible tools that put them at the center for the way they live and work today.”

“People around the world have embraced Office and Dropbox to empower the way they live and work today,” said Drew Houston, CEO and co-founder of Dropbox. “Our partnership with Microsoft will make it easier than ever to collaborate seamlessly across these platforms, giving people the freedom to get more done.”

Microsoft + Dropbox Partnership – The Features You’ll Get
  • Office App – from the Office app you can access all your Dropbox files.
  • Dropbox App – from your Dropbox app you can edit Office files. After they’ve been edited, the files will be synced across all your devices.
  • Share – from your Office app you can share new or edited files via Dropbox (send a Dropbox link to anyone you want to access your Office file).

The functionality presented above applies to the Dropbox apps for iOS and Android and the Office apps for iOS and Android. All Office users who have a Dropbox account will be able to access their Dropbox files from Office, edit Office files from Dropbox, and share Office files via Dropbox (please note that Dropbox for Business customers will need an Office 365 subscription).

Microsoft said that all the features presented above will arrive in the next few weeks. Dropbox also said that all the features presented above will arrive in the next few weeks. You need to have the latest Dropbox and Office apps to get access to all the features presented above. If you don’t see the features just yet, have patience. They’re being rolled out gradually. You’ll get them soon!

In related news, you may want to know that Microsoft rolled out updated Office apps for iPad, new Office apps for iPhone, and preview Office apps for Android tablets.

Tags: Microsoft, Dropbox, Android, iOS, app, partnership
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