Microsoft has recently introduced the expansion of their MS Office Online features to several third-party cloud vendors. These include Dropbox, Citrix ShareFile, Box, and Egnyte.
Enterprise users who sign up for these services now have access to the real-time co-authoring features built into Office Online. This allows users to edit files at the same time and check out the changes as they happen.
The real-time co-authoring feature was first released in 2013, but just for Office Online files kept in SharePoint and OneDrive. Today, users who store their documents on Dropbox, ShareFile, Box and Egnyte can work together on documents launched via Office Web apps. This is possible even if they don’t particularly use a Microsoft program to store their documents.
The esteemed company likewise provides its cloud partners the choice to integrate with Office Online for iOS. This is a follow-up for the same feature introduced in 2014. Using this integration, users can look through MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents kept in a partner’s cloud service straight from an Office app. The documents are updated in the cloud system as they’re launched, created, and edited using Office Online.
At present, the Office for iOS plug-in is only available for Box users. Microsoft guarantees an integration with its other partners soon. This integration with other mobile systems will follow in the latter part of 2016.
Also, Dropbox and Box are being bundled with the new version of Outlook.com to match its present assistance for OneDrive. Users must have the upgraded version of Outlook to use this feature. The upgrade will happen in the coming weeks.
The new Outlook version includes a more sophisticated inbox with the ability to sort messages, provide search suggestions, and collaborate via Skype and OneDrive. It features a new calendar with the latest management and search functions. It also features a brand new mobile web layout.