Microsoft has rolled out a new update to its Microsoft Office mobile and online applications which brings with it a number of new features for users to enjoy. Back in February of last year Microsoft announced the Cloud Storage Partner Program (CSPP) and enabled cloud storage providers to connect their services to Office Online and Office for iOS.
Today Microsoft is taking that initiative even further by adding real-time real-time co-authoring with Office Online for documents stored in partner cloud services such as Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox and Egnyte.
Microsoft explains more :
Starting today, in addition to Dropbox, we’re offering all CSPP partners the opportunity to tightly integrate with Office for iOS. This integration lets users designate these partner cloud services as “places” in Office, just as they can with Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox. Users can now browse for PowerPoint, Word and Excel files on their favorite cloud service right from within an Office app. They can open, edit or create in these apps with confidence that their files will be updated right in the cloud. Users can also open Office files from their cloud storage app in Office, then save any changes directly back to the cloud. We’ll follow with other mobile platforms later this year.
The Outlook apps on iOS and Android have long provided support for Dropbox, Box and OneDrive for sharing and accessing your digital content. The Dropbox and Box integrations are now coming to Outlook.com to complement our existing OneDrive support. In the coming weeks, users of the new Outlook.com can attach files from Dropbox, Box and OneDrive right from their inboxes and they have the option to send these files either as traditional attachments or as cloud-based links.
For more details on how to set up the new integration with cloud storage providers jump over to the Office Online Blog for full details and instructions.