Microsoft opens up to Apple, allows iCloud Drive in Office for iOS
Microsoft has opened up its Office productivity suite for integration with outside cloud storage providers. In a blog post, the company announced that Office for iOS — which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint — now has support for third-party document providers including Box, iCloud Drive, Citrix and Salesforce and others. This is an addition to Dropbox, the integration which the company had announced last year.
Until recently, the only way to sync files across multiple devices in Office for iOS apps was to have them stored in Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service. Late last year, the Redmond-based company had partnered with cloud storage provider Dropbox to give the service many of OneDrive’s features.
With the latest update, Office now also supports iCloud Drive. As a result of the integration, a user would be able to sign into iCloud on their iPad or iPhone and view, open as well as edit through iCloud Drive file picker. It will allow users to access and work on their files stored in other cloud providers without having to download it on their computer or mobile device.
The company’s decision to add support for increasing number of other cloud storage providers make its productivity suite more appealing to people.