Microsoft on Tuesday announced new features in Office for iOS which should make the software even more valuable to end users.
First, Microsoft is announcing that third party cloud storage developers can now integrate directly into Office. Microsoft already announced Dropbox integration, but beginning Tuesday users will see the option to save and pull files from iCloud, and additional services as support is added (Box is available, too).
The move might begin to attract folks who use iCloud and have otherwise shied away from Office because they prefer Apple’s cloud storage solution. It’s also a continued shift away from Microsoft pushing folks to use its own products — like OneDrive — and allowing folks to use whatever storage they prefer.
Second, Microsoft also announced that its Office Online applications can now be integrated, through the Web browser, with cloud service portals. “We’re excited to announce that Box, Citrix, and Salesforce are already working with us on this as a part of our new Cloud Storage Partner Program, and we’re looking forward to working with other service providers in the future,” Microsoft said.
You should notice the changes to the Microsoft Office apps for iOS today, after an update, and Microsoft said that it’s working to add this sort of support to its full Windows 10 Office suite and to Android in the future, too.