Microsoft and Dropbox Strike Up Partnership

Late last month we brought you the news that the folks over at OneDrive are doing away with storage limits for higher tier customers, effectively giving them unlimited space in the cloud. Bitcasa tried this and it didn’t work out for them, so Microsoft stepped in and ran with the idea. Now they’ve went and struck a deal with Dropbox, because Microsoft just can’t get enough of the cloud.

According to Dropbox, over 35 billion Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations are stored across the hundreds of millions of accounts that they host. Ignoring how creepy it is that they know that, parterning with Microsoft only makes sense. Dropbox users will now be able to access their Dropbox accounts from their Office apps, and edit Office files from their Dropbox apps. Users can also share Dropbox links via Office. The two services are basically being combined, which should make life easier for those who use both. The new features will be rolling out to iOS and Android in the new few weeks.

While it may seem weird that Microsoft is getting into bed with a direct competitor to their OneDrive service, Dropbox is such a big name in cloud storage that they can’t really be ignored. Besides, this move isn’t about OneDrive, it’s about Office 365 and Microsoft wanting to get it firmly established as the go-to cloud-based productivity suite.

via Dropbox Blog

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