When Microsoft and Dropbox sat down across from each other in 2014 it set in motion events and changes that have made storing, sharing and working with our files and work so much easier. Odds are you probably had no clue whatsoever what had happened.
Thanks to the integrations and diligent work of both Dropbox and Microsoft’s Office 365 teams users are able to freely edit their MS Office files stored within their Dropbox accounts directly from the web or the mobile app. And now there’s more!
Users of both Dropbox and Office 365 now have the ability to “co-edit” files in Microsoft Office while offline. You can work and share Office documents in your Dropbox with others in real-time. That’s right, no more waiting, no more sending documents by email or asking a user to stay out of a shared document whilst you edit it. Collaborate as if you’re in the same room using the web app or take things on the road with the mobile app. This decreases headaches, eases deadlines and eliminates exhaustive counter-productive email trails and the constant bounce back and forth of documents between teammates. This takes teamwork to a whole new level.
To make thing easy, when you share a file with your teammates you will be able to see who is making changes on the file and what changes are being made to it as it happens. There is a comments section where ideas and dialogue can be exchanged and it happens right on your browser. No special window, no special program. It all happens from your browser window. And of course, changes are automatically saved to Dropbox. Done with your work? Just close the browser window. The work has already been saved and your colleagues can keep working on the file without interruption.
Outlook just got better with the new update as well. Attachment limits, no need to worry about them any longer. Now you can pick and choose which files to send and can you do it through Dropbox. Simply create an email through Outlook and share files using Dropbox. No longer will you need to wait until you reach home or your work desktop for the right file. Problem solved. Problem staying solved.
So what can Dropbox release next? Well, the soon-to-be-released and long awaited Project Infinite is to be launched that will enable users to seamlessly and securely access all of their Dropbox files from the desktop, regardless of how much space they have available on their hard drives. Everything in the company’s Dropbox whether it’s stored locally or in the cloud, will show up in Dropbox on your desktop. If it’s synced locally, the familiar green tick will appear, while everything else will have a new cloud icon showing it’s availability in the non-local Dropbox cloud storage. Pretty amazing right?! So we cannot wait to see this feature released shortly.