Box users can now edit and create Microsoft Office documents via Office Online, without leaving the cloud storage service. The new integration was announced this morning as part of the expanding Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner program.
There are already more than a billion Word, Excel and PowerPoint files in Box, according to Box’s David Still. Users can now use the cloud platform to edit and create new Office files all inside Box. Any changes made to an Office Online file within Box will be automatically saved to the cloud, so users don’t have to worry about re-uploading files or resaving them to Box.
“The new model for enterprise productivity depends on creating seamless, device agnostic connections between the core applications that people use to get work done,” said Box CEO Aaron Levie in a press release. “Over a billion people around the world use Office for creating content – this makes Microsoft a crucial partner for Box as we progress on our mission to transform the way people and businesses work.”
The new announcement combines Office’s position in productivity software and Box’s robust sharing and storage features. Box users could already use the cloud storage platform with Office for iPad and iPhone, and on the desktop.
The new feature set will be available today to all Box users with a personal account, and Box business users with an Office 365 license.