Office Mobile for Android Gets Dropbox Support

Sharing files and collaborating virtually just got easier for Android device owners who use Microsoft's Office Mobile app. Redmond on Thursday announced several Office updates -- including support for Dropbox -- for Android.

Microsoft and Dropbox announced their partnership just a few weeks ago, noting at the time that they would be rolling out several new features for both iOS and Android users. According to the November 4 announcement, some updates would be forthcoming in weeks while others -- including integration between Office Online and Dropbox's Web site -- would be launched sometime in 2015.

This week's update to Office Mobile for Android also adds new capabilities for Microsoft's own OneDrive and OneDrive for Business document sharing tool. Smartphone users can now share open Office documents to OneDrive by going to the context menu, tapping "Share" and then selecting "Email as link."

35 Billion Office Documents

The collaboration with Dropbox has marked something of a shift for Microsoft, which previously chose to direct customers to its own services over those of its rivals. Before the partnership, Dropbox's service was viewed as Microsoft's OneDrive competitor. However, Dropbox users are typically also Office users, so the new collaboration makes sense from the customer's point of view.

Dropbox said it already hosts more than 35 billion Office documents on its cloud-based storage service. It also claimed it serves more than 80,000 Dropbox for Business users, many of whom use Microsoft's Office suite. By partnering with Microsoft, Dropbox said its users would be able to increase productivity. It added that the first updates the two companies would deliver would focus on mobile integrations. Web-based integration between Dropbox and Office Online would become available in the first half of 2015.

In addition to the new features for Android users announced this week, the two companies also plan...

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Office Mobile for Android Gets Dropbox Support

Sharing files and collaborating virtually just got easier for Android device owners who use Microsoft's Office Mobile app. Redmond on Thursday announced several Office updates -- including support for Dropbox -- for Android.

Microsoft and Dropbox announced their partnership just a few weeks ago, noting at the time that they would be rolling out several new features for both iOS and Android users. According to the November 4 announcement, some updates would be forthcoming in weeks while others -- including integration between Office Online and Dropbox's Web site -- would be launched sometime in 2015.

This week's update to Office Mobile for Android also adds new capabilities for Microsoft's own OneDrive and OneDrive for Business document sharing tool. Smartphone users can now share open Office documents to OneDrive by going to the context menu, tapping "Share" and then selecting "Email as link."

35 Billion Office Documents

The collaboration with Dropbox has marked something of a shift for Microsoft, which previously chose to direct customers to its own services over those of its rivals. Before the partnership, Dropbox's service was viewed as Microsoft's OneDrive competitor. However, Dropbox users are typically also Office users, so the new collaboration makes sense from the customer's point of view.

Dropbox said it already hosts more than 35 billion Office documents on its cloud-based storage service. It also claimed it serves more than 80,000 Dropbox for Business users, many of whom use Microsoft's Office suite. By partnering with Microsoft, Dropbox said its users would be able to increase productivity. It added that the first updates the two companies would deliver would focus on mobile integrations. Web-based integration between Dropbox and Office Online would become available in the first half of 2015.

In addition to the new features for Android users announced this week, the two companies also plan...

Comments are closed.