Office and Dropbox to work together on phones, tablets and web

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Editor’s note 11/6/2014
The latest Office apps for iPad and iPhone are now available with Dropbox support. To see how Office and Dropbox apps work together, watch this video:

Or just download the new Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps now to get started.
In the coming weeks we’ll also update Office Mobile for Android phone to enable the same connection to Dropbox.


Today we announced a partnership with Dropbox to provide more choice in how you work together and collaborate. You can do more with your Office documents when they are stored online. You can easily share your documents with others, and you can access those files from anywhere, on all your devices. If you use OneDrive and Office together, you already know how easy it is to work online with Office.

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.

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Access Dropbox files from Office apps

When you select “edit” while you are viewing your document in Dropbox, the appropriate Office app is offered up for editing. Continue editing, and the apps work together to automatically save your changes back to Dropbox.

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Edit Office files from the Dropbox mobile app

We’ve also made it easy to share your files on Dropbox with others. Right from Word, PowerPoint or Excel, you can invite others to work with you by sharing a link to your file on Dropbox.

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Share Dropbox links from Office apps

If you are an Office user that also uses Dropbox, it’ll be easier than ever to use them together. The updates for iPad, iPhone and Android Phones will be available from your device’s app store over the next few weeks. Next year, we’ll also add connections between Dropbox and Office Online web experiences.

  1. I sure hope you include a way to turn this off for enterprises…the last thing we need is to make it easier to have corporate documents slide out of our controlled environment.

    • Brentless, if the employees in your organization want to put documents where you don’t want them, they will. There is no reason to ask Microsoft to be your baby sitter. I recognize that many IT people ask Microsoft for all these features, going so far as to locking down user’s admin rights on a desktop and controlling every little detail of what they can and cannot do with the computer. It’s insane, really. There’s nothing like a geek on a power trip, I’ll tell you. You’re like the police officer who thinks he is God when he puts on his badge and gun in the holster.

      You really have to put more trust in your colleagues. So what if they did put a document on Dropbox? The world will not end, that’s what. For that matter, it will not make any difference to your company, either. And let’s face it: about 95% of the documents in your company are utterly useless to the competition.

      What is the real threat to your organization? It is those few important documents that leave the organization and are either posted to the public or are given to the competition without your knowledge. And how does this happen? Well, there are trojans and other spyware as one method. So, yeah, keep the malware protection going. The biggest problem, though, in almost every instance is the deliberate transfer of documents from an employee to somebody who should not have them. Dropbox isn’t the real problem, though. They could just as easily put them on flash memory the side of a fingernail these days.

      What makes more sense is if you identify the types of documents that you definitely don’t want to be in the public view or received by hackers and instruct your employees not to put those types of documents on Dropbox. This would include, as examples, documents with social security number or other confidential information about people, documents that are considered highly confidential (e.g., business plans,corporate strategies, acquisition plans), etc. But, most documents simply are not of that type. Most are just not that valuable to the competition and public exposure is inconsequential.

      So give employees flexibility. Establish guidelines about use of cloud storage. But don’t me the draconian overlord who is nothing but a geek on a power trip.

    • Dropbox has already made a desktop sync client available, which makes it easy to work on Dropbox files from the Office applications.

  2. MSFT wants to put everyone first now, it seems they are now putting Apple and Android users ahead of Windows by giving them Dropbox.

    I wonder how long till Win Phone’s built in Office Hub will be updated with Dropbox integration…

  3. Does this work in OneNote? Can I put a OneNote notebook in Dropbox?

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