Dropbox and Microsoft on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership, the two have teamed up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the Web. This will enable people at work, home and school to easily collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Microsoft said the functionality will be included in the next updates to the office mobile apps, coming in the next few weeks and online accessibility would be available in the first half of 2015. Dropbox will also make its application available on the Windows Phone and Windows tablet platforms soon.
“Together, Microsoft and Dropbox will provide our shared customers with flexible tools that put them at the center for the way they live and work today,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
Dublin-based Dropbox was launched in 2007 by Founder & CTO Arash Ferdowsi and CEO Drew Houston. It operates a free file hosting service that allows users to share and access photos, documents and videos over cloud.
In July 2013, the company had opened Dropbox platform to help build apps across devices and platforms.
Microsoft already has a file sharing service, OneDrive and recently increased its file size limit from 2GB to an unspecified maximum. Yet it seems OneDrive still didn’t have many takers, the competition in cloud storage technology is rising. Especially with Google’s integrated Drive with Gmail and further its constant improvements on its cloud service over both web and mobile, Microsoft seemed to be lagging behind. However this move with Dropbox can help it step up its game.