Microsoft’s apps are pretty successful on the iPhone, and there are plenty of Apple customers out there using the Office productivity suite on their iOS device on a regular basis, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Dropbox has updated its client with better integration of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Starting with the, iPhone owners using this cloud-based storage solution can create Office documents right on their devices and without leaving the app. All they have to do is press the small + (“plus”) button in the main screen to instantly create a new document.
Clicking Word, Excel, and PowerPoint launches the app to let you edit the document (if the Office productivity suite isn’t installed on your iPhone, it’ll get you to the store to download them).
“The new plus button in the Dropbox iOS app adds a convenient way to create and save Office documents on the go, helping people work better together, wherever they are,” says Rob Howard, Director of Office Marketing at Microsoft.
More productivity tools for Dropbox users
The latest update brings a plethora of other updates, most of them aimed at boosting the productivity side of the device. For instance, you can now scan documents right in the app, and Dropbox Business users can even search inside the scans. Additionally, you can manage photos from your computer, but this obviously implies that you have already connected a PC or laptop to your Dropbox account.
There are also new features that let you share files and folders from the desktop, as well as to add comments to a specific part of a file. And last but not least, the Dropbox app now comes with a version history menu to see what’s been changed in the latest releases, as well as with a redesigned sharing hub to easily send files to one or multiple contacts.
As for the Office integration, there’s no doubt that it comes in handy to all users who want to work with Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents stored in the cloud, so make sure you update to the latest version of the Dropbox app if you’re interested in such features too.