Dropbox, Microsoft team up to offer tight integration into each other’s products
Storage giant Dropbox and software biggie Microsoft have revealed in a recent announcement that they have signed a new partnership, for offering tight integration into each others' mobile apps.
The new partnership between Dropbox and Microsoft is noteworthy, particularly in the light of the fact that the two companies are rivals in the cloud storage market - with Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service directly challenging Dropbox - and compete with each other for users.
Under the terms of the new partnership, users of the Dropbox service and the Microsoft Office productivity suite will be able to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations on handsets, tablets and the web.
With Microsoft Office software currently used by over 1.2 billion people, and with Dropbox claiming that it is now home to over 35 billion Office files, the Microsoft-Dropbox partnership will facilitate companies in allowing a Dropbox user to edit Office files simply by tapping a button on an iPhone or create a PowerPoint presentation in Office on an iPad and save it to Dropbox instead of Microsoft's own service OneDrive.
In reference to the Microsoft-Dropbox partnership and tight integration, Ilya Fushman - Dropbox's head of product - said: "I think this is going to be a huge win-win for knowledge and productivity workers around the world."
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