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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

February 17, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Microsoft, Apple, broaden access to their productivity apps

Cooperation is the word of the day in office applications.

Apple recently opened up its iWork word processing and spreadsheet applications to consumers who don’t own an iPhone or Mac. On Tuesday, Microsoft continued its own effort to broaden the reach of Office, announcing that users of the productivity suite on Apple devices will be able to store their documents with a variety of cloud storage providers.

“We want Office to be the preferred way to work with documents no matter where they’re stored,” Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer said in a blog post.

Koenigsbauer also announced a program allowing users of cloud services like Citrix, Salesforce.com and Box to edit and save Office files stored on those platforms.

The moves are the latest in Microsoft’s recent habit of striking deals with competitors in an effort to broaden the use of its products.

Microsoft in November announced that Office users could save their data with popular cloud provider Dropbox, a competitor of Microsoft’s own OneDrive. The company also released free versions of Office for Apple and Google smartphones and tablets.

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