Microsoft Office Lets You Save Files To Apple’s iCloud Drive
Microsoft is trying really hard to rebuild its image as software and services company. The company started making its best software, like Office, interoperable — allowing non-Windows users to use Office apps. Now, it has added a new feature in Microsoft Office app for iPhones and iPads that lets users save files to Apple’s iCloud Drive. In addition to iCloud Drive, users can save files to Box, Google Drive as well.
Microsoft is ready to add any other service that decides to enable integration with Microsoft Office.
To open, edit, and save files to a service of choice such as iCould Drive, iPhone and iPad users can go to locations menu and select the preferred service. There is a little bug though — certain text files stored in iCloud will be read-only. Before this update, only files stored in Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox (added later) were displayed in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps’ file picker.
Moreover, Microsoft also announced that Office can now be integrated into other companies’ enterprise applications, such as Box, Salesforce, and Citrix.
Microsoft’s strategy is somewhat tricky, which is new in tech domain. Until this move, all companies tried to create their own services, and features that depended on the services that were also developed by the same company. For example, Apple would create iPhone and use its own iOS to run on it. It would try to own as many related services (iCloud, iTunes, etc) as it can.
But Microsoft has adopted a very different, in fact, first-of-its-kind move. The Redmond-based company is trying to convince consumers to use its software and services, while giving them the flexibility of choosing other related services that may be required.
It also puts companies like Google and Box into an odd arrangement where they are both competing with Microsoft’s products and collaborating with the company as well. For instance, Microsoft has its own OneDrive which is a competitor for Google Drive.
The update to support iCloud and other cloud providers is now available on iTunes App Store. Microsoft has said that the same update would be made available for Office apps for Windows and Android soon.