Earlier this month, Microsoft and Dropbox announced a new partnership in which the two companies worked to add Dropbox support into Microsoft’s Office apps. As of today, the latest iOS and Android versions of Microsoft Office now support the added functionality.
The new feature allows you to store Office files, such as PowerPoint, Excel or Word documents, in Dropbox and then edit them in the appropriate Office application. “It will also include the ability to send links to files from Office using Dropbox, open documents from Dropbox in Office, and more,” Dropbox manager Michael Jaffe said Tuesday. Jaffe says that anyone can get started now – remember, Office for iOS and Android no longer requires an Office 365 subscription – and you only need to open the document and then tap “edit in Office” to start the process.
Yes, Microsoft also allows you to keep all of your Office files in sync with its own storage option, OneDrive, too, but this allows it to make its products available to the Dropbox consumer base, which already hosts 35 billion Office documents. Seems like a pretty wise move.