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When Microsoft finally released Office for iOS and Android, it came with a bunch of asterisks. One of them was that if you really wanted to get any use out of it, you would have to use OneDrive, Microsoft’s okay-but-not-as-good-as-Dropbox cloud file storage and sync service.

No more. Dropbox and Microsoft just partnered up so that you will be able to access Office documents stored in Dropbox, right from the Office apps.

These new features will be rolling out to all Dropbox users on iOS and Android in the next few weeks.

Next year we’ll be extending these features to the web by adding integrations between the Dropbox website and Office Online.

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  • I wonder if this partnership will eventually blossom into an acquisition. Dropbox has been putting off an IPO for a long time, and Microsoft’s new mantra is “Mobile First, Cloud First,” and Dropbox would be a very quick way to achieve that goal in storage.

    Microsoft has also shown a much bigger commitment to competing platforms, which is essential to Dropbox’s value.

    Either way, this partnership is a smart move.

    • Acquisition was my first thought as well. But in January Dropbox raised money at a $10 billion valuation, which is pretty expensive for what amounts to one feature. I think that probably makes Dropbox a pretty unlikely acquisition, but it certainly makes sense for Dropbox to do as many integrations as possible and cement its position as the cross-platform backbone of the cloud.

  • moedogs

    Holy cr*p. There goes every legal trainer and IT specialist’s efforts at data security.