Files Stored in Dropbox Can be Accessed via Office Web App

The first fruits of that partnership allowed those using Office apps on iOS or Android to link their Dropbox accounts up for easier access to any Office files stored there.

Now, Microsoft is ready to announce further integration with Dropbox: as of today, you'll be able to view your Dropbox documents when using Microsoft's free Office Online apps.

"Our philosphy is to give people the ability to work with the tools they want," says Dropbox's Ilya Fushman, "And Office is clearly the world's biggest productivity suite." Indeed, there's good incentive for Dropbox to work closely with Microsoft - Fushman said that more than 35 billion Office documents were stored in Dropbox when the partnership was announced last fall.

Now that Office Online and Dropbox are all linked up, users will be able to either find files through the Office Online interface, or simply find them through Dropbox's web site - either way, they'll open up in Microsoft's web apps.

Of course, Office files saved in your Dropbox locally on your computer will open in Microsoft's Office apps, just as they always have.

This isn't a groundbreaking change, but if you're one of the millions of people out there who uses Dropbox, you no longer have to decide whether you should store your Office files in Dropbox or OneDrive - you can keep everything in Dropbox and Office will see it, whether you're on mobile or on the web.