Office Online users can work in real time on documents shared inside Dropbox, Box

Office Online users can work in real time on documents shared inside Dropbox, Bo

In a Wednesday announcement, software giant Microsoft said that cloud service providers like Dropbox and Box will be able to integrate their services with Microsoft's Office Online productivity software "in the coming weeks."

The announcement of the forthcoming integration of Dropbox and Box - along with other cloud providers like Citrix ShareFile, Edmodo and Egnyte - with Microsoft's productivity suite is part of the Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program.

As a result of the integrations announced by Microsoft on Wednesday, Office Online users will gain real-time co-authoring capabilities on documents, spreadsheets and presentations shared inside Dropbox, Box, Citrix ShareFile, Edmodo and Egnyte.

In other words, the real-time co-authoring capabilities which Microsoft has made available to Office Online users for documents stored with third-party cloud-storage partners will be the same as the capabilities already available to Office Online users for documents stored in Microsoft's own OneDrive and SharePoint Online services.

Moreover, Microsoft is also giving third-party cloud-storage partners the ability to integrate directly with Office for iOS. The software biggie has already enabled iOS and Android Office integration with OneDrive and Dropbox; thereby facilitating the users in accessing, editing and sharing Dropbox files from its Office apps.

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