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Office Online files in Dropbox now allow collaborative editing

Dropbox and Microsoft have announced the ability to co-edit Office Online files that are stored in Dropbox. With this, more than one person from a team can make edits and additions to documents without having to wait for the other person to finish what they are doing. Gone are the days of needing to send out multiple revisions because of edits that are requested, as co-workers can now just work alongside you on the document. Here's how it all works:

From dropbox.com, open any Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file in a shared folder with Office Online. You can then start working on the file with other members of the shared folder—right from your browser. You'll be able to see when collaborators are making changes and communicate through comments while editing the same file. Best of all, changes are saved automatically to Dropbox, and your teammates can keep working on the file even after you close it.

The two companies are also working together to make sharing Dropbox files easier on Outlook.com. Soon you'll be able to select Dropbox files without having to worry about attachment limits, and you'll be able to access the files you need whether at your desk or on the road. The co-editing is live now, and the Outlook.com changes will be coming in the next few weeks.

Source: Dropbox

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9 Comments
  • The lack of this feature was the only reason my school team used Google Docs instead, despite thinking google docs sucks. Good to see it's now available
  • You can already do this with OneDrive shared Word files, right?
  • Yes.
  • FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This makes up for some of the scaling back on One Drive. :D
  • New cumulative update is out on PC, most likely to update to .71 or .75. I'll know for sure in a few minutes. EDIT: It's .71.
  • Build 14521 is out for PC!
  • Awesome!
  • This an awesome feature. Will start using dropbox Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Is WM10 not supporting dropbox as Dropbox app in store shows it is not compatible for current version of OS. I have .63 version of WM10 on my L730.