Productivity app maker Dropbox has partnered with Microsoft to enable users of Office mobile apps to access the online storage service, and to develop a Windows Phone version of the Dropbox app.
The cloud storage company said that “much of the world relies on a combination of Dropbox and Microsoft Office to get work done”, with it already holding more than 35 billion Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Users will be able to edit Office documents from the Dropbox app and sync these changes across devices. As a result, files can be created at home or work and then edited on the move.
From the Office apps, users will be able to access and save new files on Dropbox. Documents can therefore be safely synced while users remain in the Office app.
The final integration feature is the ability to share Dropbox links from Office apps. Once a document has been edited, the changes can be shared by sending a Dropbox link.
The new features will be rolled out to the iOS and Android versions of Dropbox in the next few weeks. A Dropbox app for Windows Phone and Windows tablet users is also in the pipeline and due to be released in the next month.
Dropbox for Business customers, of which there are 80,000 organisations, will be able to use the features soon. Integration of the Dropbox website and Office Online will be available in the first half of 2015.
Back in April, Dropbox made a host of app announcements designed to show its evolution from online storage and sharing to become what the company describes as “a home for life.”
The most notable announcement was the new Carousel app, which the company said “combines the photos in your Dropbox with the photos on your phone, and automatically backs-up new ones as you take them”.