A new “plus” button will allow Dropbox iOS app users to quickly create Microsoft Office files in real time, making it easier for multiple people to collaborate on the same file.
The feature is included in a new update to the Dropbox app for iOS, announced by the cloud storage company today.
“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,” said Rob Howard, director of office marketing at Microsoft, in a Dropbox blog post.
The button also lets users upload photos and scan documents and upload them straight to their Dropbox accounts.
Other new features include commenting on specific parts of a file; the ability to see earlier versions of a file and recover changes made in the last 30 days; and sharing files straight from the desktop with a right click action, saving users from having to upload a through the internet or send a link via email.
In addition, starting July 22, users who automatically upload their photos to Dropbox will have to connect their accounts to a desktop computer or upgrade to Dropbox Pro. Dropbox did this to keep users of its Dropbox Basic service from filling up their storage with photos.