When Microsoft launched Office for iPad, one of complaints users had about it was that their files couldn’t be stored in Dropbox, a rival to Microsoft’s own OneDrive online storage service.
That’s changing now, with the announcement Tuesday that Microsoft and Dropbox are partnering to integrate Dropbox and Office services on phones, tablets and the web.
The integration will allow uses to access Dropbox from Office apps, edit Office files directly from Dropbox and sync them across devices, and share new or edited files from the Office apps using Dropbox sharing.
These capabilities will be included in the next updates for Office apps for iOS and Android, coming in the next few weeks, according to a Microsoft news release.
The web integrations between the Dropbox website and Office Online will be available in the first half of 2015.
Dropbox will also release an app for Windows Phone and Windows tablets in the coming months, according to a Dropbox blog post.
The Office team outlined how the integration will work in a blog post:
Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your Dropbox files right from your Office apps. Once you’ve added your Dropbox account to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can navigate folders and files on Dropbox for viewing and editing in the native Office apps. And accessing Word, PowerPoint and Excel from your Dropbox app is just as easy. Navigate to the file you want, and the Dropbox app will open the Office app you need.