Dropbox has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to let MS Office users access its service from within the Office apps, and allowing its users to edit Office files from their Dropbox mobile app. Users will be able to sync changes across devices and any edit they make will automatically be saved to their Dropbox account. The files created using this integration of Office and Dropbox could be stored and shared via Dropbox links like any other Dropbox files. As of now, this integration is only applicable to MS Office for Desktop, though according to the official announcement, Dropbox for Business customers with Office 365 licenses will soon be able to take advantage of these new features.
The announcement, made in the form of a blog post over here, does not mention anything about the financials related to this partnership, or which one of the companies approached the other.
Much like Apple, Amazon is known for its ecosystem via which the company tries to contain the users within its universe. Everything they build is connected to their existing products and can easily be linked to any of the future products company plans. Whether it is the retail store, Amazon Prime, or their cloud platform, Amazon has ensured that it acts as a one-stop shop to teh netizens. While being a one-stop shop for entertainment related services as well as a plethora of other products ensures longer retention of users, which is directly proportional to the dough an Internet-based company generates, it also provides necessary ‘user trends’ to Amazon based on which the company launches new services and integrates them.
In a yet another move to integrate its services, Amazon has now made Cloud Drive available on its Instant Video app for PlayStation, LG and Samsung products.
Microsoft has started removing the file-size limit it earlier placed on user files for its OneDrive account holders. What? You still can’t save individual files more than 2 GB in size? That’s okay, there’s nothing wrong with your computer or Internet. It’s just that the geniuses at Microsoft haven’t yet removed the file-size limit for every OneDrive account. Maybe they’re just testing how their hardware would react once they globally remove the size barrier. Nevertheless, it’s pretty cool that they are finally taking an ‘initiative’ like this, albeit a number of cloud storage and file hosting providers already provide their users with ‘file-size limit free’ service.
As mentioned before, there used to (for some people, still is) be a limit of 2GB on the size of individual files that could be uploaded/saved on Microsoft’s cloud storage service OneDrive.