As we all have know, Microsoft and Dropbox have been the tech industry rivals for quite some time now. Many reports see it as a partnership to collaborate and work jointly against their mutual enemy, Google. Supposedly Dropbox houses 35 billion Office files that are used by 80,000 companies worldwide. Wes Miller, the Directions on Microsoft analyst says, This partnership gives both something to walk away with and in the end, customers of both win out”.

After having announced the unlimited cloud storage for Office 365, only 8 days later Microsoft has entered into a strategic partnership with Dropbox, some call it is as an attack on Google. The companies will join together their services for phones, tablets and the Internet, thus allowing users to access their office files either from Dropbox or Microsoft Office. However, Dropbox has been widely criticized for its security problems and that might be an issue.

The company's biggest fault is that it relies completely on perimeter security – password authentication, which in today's day and time has become an object of ridicule.

However on the brighter side, Dropbox and Microsoft users can now access Dropbox from Office apps; edit Office files in Dropbox and sync them across devices and share new or edited files from the Office apps using Dropbox’s sharing feature. The sharing feature will be available in a couple of weeks to the Office apps for iOS and android. Dropbox is planning on releasing its application on the Windows Phone and Windows tablet platforms over the next few months.

Both companies plan on integrating the Dropbox website and Office Online before the end of first half of 2015. All Microsoft Office users with a Dropbox account will be able to use the new features. On the contrary, Dropbox had recently announced about Project Harmony, a set of editing and collaboration tools for Microsoft Office. It’s not clear what’s going to happen to it.

Microsoft is trying hard to be the inevitable€ by teaming up with Dropbox which apparently houses 35 billion Office files, and is used by 80,000 companies worldwide. Microsoft has finally come to the realization that it might be more desirable to cooperate with each other than to compete. Sources say, “Dropbox is very much a common enemy of Google and this partnership will give both the companies something to walk away with — and in the end, customers of both get to win.”

Last May, Intralinks found clickable URLs that lead to Dropbox users’ personal accounts where anyone could easily access users tax returns, mortgage applications and other personal documents. Dropbox has had troubles with security and privacy of secret links. Hackers have proudly claimed to have hacked almost 7 million Dropbox usernames and passwords in one month. Dropbox’s response to this accusation was that they had been stolen from unrelated services.

Also last month, it has been reported that a bug wiped many users’ files from the Dropbox cloud. Additionally, Dropbox has also declared its intention to build a Windows Phone version of its app which will be available in the coming months. Let's hope that this partnership works out for the best for both the companies and most importantly for all of us, the users.

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As we all have know, Microsoft and Dropbox have been the tech industry rivals for quite some time now. Many reports see it as a partnership to collaborate and work jointly against their mutual enemy, Google. Supposedly Dropbox houses 35 billion Office files that are used by 80,000 companies worldwide. Wes Miller, the Directions on Microsoft analyst says, This partnership gives both something to walk away with and in the end, customers of both win out”.

After having announced the unlimited cloud storage for Office 365, only 8 days later Microsoft has entered into a strategic partnership with Dropbox, some call it is as an attack on Google. The companies will join together their services for phones, tablets and the Internet, thus allowing users to access their office files either from Dropbox or Microsoft Office. However, Dropbox has been widely criticized for its security problems and that might be an issue.

The company's biggest fault is that it relies completely on perimeter security – password authentication, which in today's day and time has become an object of ridicule.

However on the brighter side, Dropbox and Microsoft users can now access Dropbox from Office apps; edit Office files in Dropbox and sync them across devices and share new or edited files from the Office apps using Dropbox’s sharing feature. The sharing feature will be available in a couple of weeks to the Office apps for iOS and android. Dropbox is planning on releasing its application on the Windows Phone and Windows tablet platforms over the next few months.

Both companies plan on integrating the Dropbox website and Office Online before the end of first half of 2015. All Microsoft Office users with a Dropbox account will be able to use the new features. On the contrary, Dropbox had recently announced about Project Harmony, a set of editing and collaboration tools for Microsoft Office. It’s not clear what’s going to happen to it.

Microsoft is trying hard to be the inevitable? by teaming up with Dropbox which apparently houses 35 billion Office files, and is used by 80,000 companies worldwide. Microsoft has finally come to the realization that it might be more desirable to cooperate with each other than to compete. Sources say, â??Dropbox is very much a common enemy of Google and this partnership will give both the companies something to walk away with — and in the end, customers of both get to win.”

Last May, Intralinks found clickable URLs that lead to Dropbox users’ personal accounts where anyone could easily access users tax returns, mortgage applications and other personal documents. Dropbox has had troubles with security and privacy of secret links. Hackers have proudly claimed to have hacked almost 7 million Dropbox usernames and passwords in one month. Dropbox’s response to this accusation was that they had been stolen from unrelated services.

Also last month, it has been reported that a bug wiped many users’ files from the Dropbox cloud. Additionally, Dropbox has also declared its intention to build a Windows Phone version of its app which will be available in the coming months. Let's hope that this partnership works out for the best for both the companies and most importantly for all of us, the users.

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