The recent announcements reveal that Dropbox and Microsoft Office are pairing up to integrate Microsoft Office with the cloud-storage platform more closely than any other save Microsoft’s own OneDrive service. This partnering allows the users to access Dropbox directly from Office apps and edit Office files from the Dropbox app.
Dropbox and OneDrive has been the competing for the position in the cloud storage services. But Microsoft picking Dropbox for the cloud storage platform instead of its own OneDrive gives the must needed credibility to Dropbox.
The joint venture of the giants will result in the launch of new versions of Office for iOS and Android in the next few weeks. Dropbox announced out the terms of the collaboration in a November 4 post on the company’s blog, noting that “Dropbox is home to over 35 billion Office documents, spread sheets and presentation”.
A post in the Dropbox blog said that Dropbox for Business customers with Office 365 licenses will soon be able to take advantage of these new features. Next year, Dropbox will be adding integration between the Dropbox website and Office Online. Also in the near future there would be a new Dropbox app for Windows Phone and Windows tablet users.
The integration of these companies, in early 2015, will also extend to the two services web apps, and to the newly-announced Dropbox for Windows Phone app.
Dropbox in September has partnered with Google aiming to make security tech easier to use. Simply Secure was the product of this venture. This has the mandate to improve adoption rates of security tools such as two-factor authentication in the wake of the Snowden revelations.