In a short four-paragraph post, Feb. 17, 2015, on the Office blogs titled “New cloud storage integration for Office,” Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team at Microsoft, announced some huge new integrations to further substantiate their grip on and into the cloud. Namely, file picker integration for the iPad and iPhone as well as Office Online for viewing and editing. Aside from the features themselves, these enhancements are a huge rung on the ladder for Microsoft to accomplish, and a personal achievement for some of the team members involved in making this happen.
From a technology perspective, third-party cloud storage providers will now be able to integrate the “Locations” picker in iOS Office apps. These integrations, available now, will continue to be expanded across all platforms including Windows 10 and Android.
The Office integrations will allow for the open, view and edit features to be used across any Web Office browser, where previously this was known to be locked and unavailable. This is a great step toward a collaborative message that enhances online features across any browser and platform.
Overall, this was a big day for Microsoft as they continue to push the limits of the cloud. With each step, they move toward a harmonized message and the day where it will truly be irrelevant which browser or device you are using. That day is coming soon, and it’s an exciting time to be watching Microsoft’s every move.