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Dropbox and Microsoft join forces

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Partnering with Microsoft will increase the capabilities on Dropbox across all plaDropbox

Yesterday, Microsoft and Dropbox announced a new partnership, which is good news for Dropbox users. The parternship means there will be more features offered on the file-sharing site.

Soon, Dropbox users will be able to do more than just preview documents, as they can do now. The partnership means Microsoft Office will be available to use, so they can edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents shared via Dropbox as needed, therefore updating the files for other people they are sharing the documents with. This service will be available across all platforms: desktop, tablet and phone.

Both brands are prepping for a big mobile and tablet push. Users with the Dropbox app will benefit greatly because they'll be able to edit documents using Microsoft office programs without having Microsoft Office installed on their phone or tablet.

"We think this is a huge win for our users," Ilya Fushman, head of product for Dropbox and Dropbox for Business told The Verge. "We think this will result in the best possible experience for people trying to get work done, and trying to get work done on the go."

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Microsoft currently has its own Dropbox-esque service, OneDrive, which will continued to be offered.

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