Users of Microsoft’s Office Online service can now co-author files in real time even if those files are stored in third-party cloud storage services like Box, Dropbox and Egnyte.
Microsoft has been steadily increasing the ways that third-party service providers integrate with Office Online since it launched its Cloud Storage Partner Program (CSPP) early last year.
Ease of use
For users of Box this is particularly good news. The move means multiple users will be able to edit standard Office Suite files in the Box app. All changes will automatically be saved as users work. Users of the Office for iOS suite will also enjoy much more integration with files able to be saved directly to Box from the productivity apps. Closer integration between Box and Outlook.com has also been enabled, allowing users to directly attach files to emails.
When it comes to Dropbox, the ability to share Dropbox files directly with Outlook has been introduced while Egnyte users get co-authoring services for both its cloud and on-premise solutions.
“This integration lets users designate these partner cloud services as ‘places’ in Office, just as they can with Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox,” said Microsoft Office corporate VP Kirk Koenigsbauer. “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.”
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