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You can now create Microsoft Office files directly from Box

Popular cloud storage company Box has announced the integration of Microsoft’s Office Online platform.

The new partnership (via VentureBeat), which builds upon Box’s previous integration within Office 365, will allow users to create a Word document or PowerPoint spreadsheet directly from Box.

The new documents will open automatically in a self-contained Office Online interface, meaning users won’t have to install any additional software to take advantage of the partnership. All changes will be automatically saved and synced back to Box.

The partnership effectively turns Box into a handy productivity tool as well as a place for storing files and documents. Previously the company, which has both a business and consumer focus, had only offered a simple Box Notes app.

The alliance is the latest in a series of partnerships Microsoft has made with Box and its cloud storage rival Dropbox.

The deal with Box is slightly different to Microsoft’s accord with Dropbox. Office Online users are able to open their Dropbox documents and spreadsheets directly from the File menu in Word, PowerPoint, et al.

The company agnostic approach from Microsoft, which continues to play by a philosophy that enables as many people as possible to use its products, differs from Apple’s, which keeps iWork under wraps.

You can check out the fruits of the new Office and Box partnership in the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQTPsKZB0p0

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