Does the Dropbox/Microsoft Office 365 announcement mean that Dropbox is no longer working on its own productivity application suite (word processor, spreadsheet, etc.)?

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Does the Dropbox/Microsoft Office 365 announcement mean that Dropbox is no longer working on its own productivity application suite (word processor, spreadsheet, etc.)?

Dropbox/Microsoft Office 365 announcement mean that Dropbox is no longer working on its own productivity application suite. Let me make one thing clear: the world does not need another productivity suite. I can’t comment for Dropbox (for the obvious reason that I don’t work there) but if Dropbox ever built one, it would be a terrible waste of their resources.

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Dropbox/Microsoft Office 365 announcement mean that Dropbox is no longer working on its own productivity application suite

Office 365 Tools:

  • Skype for Business
  • OneDrive
  • OneNote
  • Web/Mobile Apps
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Power BI
  • Sway
  • Planner
  • SharePoint
  • Support for Office 365 Users

DropBox Tools:

  • DropItToMe
  • BoxCryptor
  • DropTunes
  • IFTTT
  • Send to Dropbox

Who has Microsoft word? With clear incumbents like Google and Microsoft, there’s little room for a new player and honestly, there isn’t a need for it either. I don’t ever remember anyone in my network complaining that their word processor sucked but, however, it’s a good tool.

The market also clearly responded to Box’s attempt at productivity tools and apps like Quip. Sure, they have a little traction but they haven’t even made the slightest dent in Microsoft’s Office market share.

The Dropbox Microsoft partnership is a sensible move. It’s a collaboration between two market leaders (in their respective verticals). Dropbox would essentially be finding pre-existing use-cases for cloud storage and rebuilding them if they ever built a productivity suite. They know better than that so to answer your question – I sincerely hope they don’t.

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