The Microsoft and Dropbox partnership continues to expand. And today, Microsoft added Dropbox integration to Office Online, the web-based versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. And you can use these Office web apps from Dropbox on the web as well.
Microsoft and Dropbox first announced their partnership in early November 2014, (not) coincidentally just days after Microsoft revealed that all Office 365 subscribers would get unlimited OneDrive storage. (A move that made Dropbox almost immediately obsolete.) Since then, Microsoft has integrated Dropbox into various Office clients, including the Office mobile apps for iPad and iPhone, Android, and Windows (Modern) and Windows Phone. Still MIA: desktop Office for Windows and Mac.
But today, the two companies took another step: Dropbox is now integrated with the Office Online web apps—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—for both consumers and Office 365 business users. In both cases, when you access one of the compatible web apps, you’ll be prompted to add your Dropbox account.
If you do so, you can now switch between your OneDrive or OneDrive for Business storage and Dropbox.
You can also access the Office Online web apps from Dropbox on the web. When you open a document on Dropbox, you’ll be prompted to use the appropriate web app instead of the Dropbox viewer. Just click the Open button to edit with Office Online.