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Microsoft offers external cloud storage integration with Office Online

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Microsoft has announced some changes have been made to Office Online to make it easier for cloud services to integrate with the suite. This move will enable users who actively use these platforms to view, open and edit documents in a web browser.

Box, Citrix, and Salesforce have already partnered with Redmond with the new program and the company is looking to add more names to the list. It's clear to see Microsoft is attempting to offer support to users who may be using external services to help eliminate any frustration and improve efficiency.

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Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Wow, for better or worse, Microsoft is becoming really platform-agnostic even in fields they are strong at.
  • How it can be worse
  • Which makes them the more attractive solution.
  • Allows easier access to Microsoft products, regardless of whatever other cloud service people use. Introduces Microsoft ecosystem as an open platform; not closed, restricted, or proprietary. Hopefully leads to up-sell e.g.: Office 365.
  • It will be awesome,at lest we can save our files which are opening in online office
  • Umm, google drive? Rofl
  • Dropbox has been integrated yet??icloud can also be an option...and worse of them all add Google drive just to please the masses...
  • iCloud was announced today.
  • Dropbox should be there already.
  • Too bad Google would rather crumble to pieces than allow drive to integrate with Microsoft. OneDrive is my main storage and I prefer Microsoft products over Google but still I have to use it because many, majority actually of my business contacts use Gmail and drive and me not using them would be way too counterproductive. Damn you google
  • How so?
  • Google has a long history of not cooperating with Microsoft. They won't create apps to run on Windows Phone. They wouldn't even let Microsoft create apps for Google Services to run on Windows Phone.
  • iCloud uses Azzure anyway :)
  • I only use OneDrive and I love it.
  • Me too!
  • What happens if I totally lose internet connection for some practical reason. Will I still be able to access my cloud documents? Will there be a onedrive backup option on  my computer?
  • Isn't this for office online? No connection no office online I would think. If you are using office 365 local client it would be interesting to see how it work with something like google drive for offline access.
  • I am refereing to the windows 10 office apps. Not the office desktop programs or office 365. The office apps seem to update and save to onedrive. I did see in winodws 10 that a seperate ondrive folder is avaialble in the windows explorer windows. If this is so, I could in theory still save a backup to my computer and once reconnected, onedrive online could update what is on my local onedrive folder on my pc. (at least I'm hoping that. That would be nice. Global connections are still not good. I still need local storage options).
  • I hate these slanted screenshots they have started doing. It's just annoying and harder to see.
  • The more interesting piece in the blog post is the ability for apps like to access office online through APIs. This is the kind of push that makes office online more viable for businesses. Keep going and maybe one day my company will realize the blunder of going google apps.