Dropbox partners with Microsoft for closer integration with its cloud Office apps

dropbox partners with microsoft for closer integration its cloud office apps
Microsoft has inked a partnership deal with Dropbox that will bring improved integration between the two services.

The move means Dropbox users will soon be able to access their Dropbox files directly from Office apps, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app.

The deal, announced by Dropbox’s Ilya Fushman in a blog post on Tuesday, means users will also be able to easily share Dropbox links from Office, so once you’re done editing a particular document, you’ll be able to quickly share it with friends or colleagues by firing off a link.

“Dropbox is home to over 35 billion Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations,” Fushman said in the post. “That’s why we’re partnering with Microsoft to help you do more on your phones, tablets, and the Web.”

Speaking to The Verge about the partnership, Kirk Koenigsbauer, head of Microsoft’s Office Engineering team, said that access to Dropbox content “popped as one of the very first [Office for iPad] requests that customers had.”

Koenigsbauer added, “They want access to where their content is. We’re doing it to make sure customers have a great experience.”

Dropbox is set to appear together with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage option in the Office for iPad app, allowing Dropbox users to work on Office documents from within the app.

The new feature is free for all of Dropbox’s basic and pro users, though its business customers will require an Office 365 subscription. Hop over to Dropbox’s business blog here to find out more. The changes will land for Dropbox users on iOS and Android in the coming weeks.

At some point next year the features will also come to the Web “by adding integrations between the Dropbox website and Office Online,” Fushman said, adding as a side note that the startup will also be launching a Dropbox app for Windows Phone and Windows tablet users in the coming months.

Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…

Convert your PDFs into convenient Word documents with Adobe or a free option

PDF files are great, but few document types are as malleable as those specific to Microsoft Word. Here's how to convert a PDF file into a Word document, whether you prefer to use Adobe's software suite or a freemium alternative.

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.

Need to combine a PDF? Here's how to get it done on both Windows and Mac

Sometimes juggling multiple files at once is more of a hassle than a convenience, especially when a single file would do. This quick guide will teach you how to combine PDF files on Windows, MacOS, or with online tools.

Changing a PDF into an EPUB file is easier than you might think

If you like to read on a tablet or ebook reader, you'll find that ePUB files offer a number of advantages over PDFs. With this guide, we'll show you how to convert a PDF to EPUB in a few quick steps.

Hackers are scoring with ransomware that attacks its previous victims

Computer viruses are always evolving. In a new one, dubbed "Ryuk," hackers are targeting PCs with ransomware that scours an infected network in order to pinpoint and attack and enterprises with big money.

An update to Microsoft To-Do will help you keep up with your resolutions

If you're looking to stay productive in 2019, you might want to check out the freshly updated Microsoft To-Do app, now with additional integration with the Windows 10 Start Menu and more.

Want to save a webpage as a PDF? Just follow these steps

Need to quickly save and share a webpage? The best way is to learn how to save a webpage as a PDF file, as they're fully featured and can handle images and text with ease. Here's how.

Could the next Microsoft HoloLens be announced at MWC 2019?

After not having a presence at Mobile World Congress for three years, Microsoft is now sending out media invites for a press conference on February 24 during the annual event in Barcelona. Could a next-generation HoloLens be on the way?

Microsoft to separate Cortana from search with the next version of Windows 10

Changes are on the way for two key features in Windows 10. A separation of Windows 10 search and Cortana will allow Microsoft to more often innovate on each of the features independently.

Delete tracking cookies from your system by following these quick steps

Cookies are useful when it comes to saving your login credentials and other data, but they can also be used by advertisers to track your browsing habits across multiple sites. Here's how to clear cookies in the major browsers.

Nvidia’s next midrange card might be a GTX 1660 Ti, rumors suggest

Nvidia may be working on a non-RTX Turing graphics card called the 1660 Ti. Rumors suggest it will have around 20 percent fewer CUDA cores than the RTX 2060 and will lack ray tracing support.

From Samsung to HP, here are the best cheap Chromebook deals right now

Whether you want a compact laptop to enjoy some entertainment on the go, or you need a no-nonsense machine for school or work, we've smoked out the best cheap Chromebook deals -- from full-sized laptops to 2-in-1 convertibles -- with most…

Chromebook 13 vs. Google Pixelbook: Acer model takes on the king

Acer's Chromebook 13 is throwing tons of speed at the Chrome OS market, to go with a midrange build and traditional clamshell design. Is that enough to challenge the Google Pixelbook?