Microsoft integrates Office with Apple iCloud

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Microsoft integrates Office with Apple iCloud

Microsoft has unveiled the integration of its Office apps with Apple's cloud platform, iCloud, signalling the company's push to accept various cloud platforms for its services.

The Redmond-based company said Microsoft Office app users with iOS 8 will be able to edit and back up their files to iCloud, for services such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft has been steadily pushing its services into the cloud, a move encapsulated through its Cloud Storage Partner program, which integrates cloud storage vendors with Office apps.

In November, Microsoft unveiled a similar partnership with Dropbox, allowing mobile users on the iPad, iPhone and Android-based smartphones and tablets to access Dropbox from Office mobile apps and edit Office filed directly from Dropbox.

"Living in a cloud-first, mobile-first world is all about having the flexibility to get things done from anywhere and on any device," Kirk Koenigbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team, wrote in a blog post. "And these exciting, new features will make it easier than ever to use Office with virtually any combination of apps, platforms and cloud storage services."

The partner program also allows third-party services to integrate their browser-based apps with Office Online, the online versions of Excel, PowerPoint, Word and OneNote.

According to Koenigbauer, Microsoft will continue to expand its app integration onto various cloud platforms through Windows 10 and Office for Android apps at an unspecified future date.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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