Microsoft Adding Dropbox Integration to Mobile and Web Office Suites

Microsoft and Dropbox today announced a partnership that will bring Dropbox support to Microsoft's suite of Office mobile apps. Microsoft will add this new Dropbox feature in upcoming versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the iPhone and iPad.

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The new Dropbox integration would allow Office users to open, edit and share files that are stored in Dropbox. After adding a Dropbox account to an Office app, users will be able browse their Dropbox contents, which appear alongside OneDrive and locally stored files. All mobile edits will be synced to Dropbox automatically with a sharing option available within the Office app.

Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your Dropbox files right from your Office apps. Once you’ve added your Dropbox account to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can navigate folders and files on Dropbox for viewing and editing in the native Office apps. And accessing Word, PowerPoint and Excel from your Dropbox app is just as easy. Navigate to the file you want, and the Dropbox app will open the Office app you need.

This collaborative effort is only in the beginning stages, with plans to expand Dropbox integration to other Microsoft products over time. After updating its mobile apps in the coming weeks, Microsoft is planning to add Dropbox support to its Office online web apps early next year.

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Top Rated Comments

springsup Avatar
127 months ago
Dropbox is now big enough that even a product as big as Office can't afford to ignore them.

This is a big day for Dropbox.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sandstorm Avatar
127 months ago
I wish Apple would buy Dropbox and use it. I love its versatility.

Absolutey NOT! I don't want a great service ruined or made :apple: devices exclusive or simply shut down.

Thankfully Dropbox has firmly resisted buyout proposals (including from Apple, if I remember correctly).
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hurda Avatar
127 months ago
I'm confused. Will Microsoft be discontinuing OneDrive? What exactly does having integration with Dropbox do for users that integration with OneDrive didn't?
The benefit is that they can use Dropbox. :eek:
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brianvictor7 Avatar
127 months ago
I wish Apple would buy Dropbox and use it. I love its versatility.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
danthe93 Avatar
127 months ago
Finally! Some choice!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
numlock Avatar
127 months ago
Finally! Some choice!

exactly. give the user the choice and work on your product in the meantime and make us want to use it.

back in the day microsoft would be the last company one would expect to see a move like this from but now it would probably be apple.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)