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Microsoft targets Box, Dropbox and Google customers with OneDrive offer

Microsoft targets Box, Dropbox and Google customers with OneDrive offer

The Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive customers can switch to OneDrive for free, and not pay anything until their existing contract is valid, up to a 3-year maximum.

The fine print: Your company needs to have more than 500 users, and you can't already be a customer of OneDrive or the Office 365 cloud productivity suite. To facilitate the move, Microsoft says that new customers can take advantage of FastTrack for a "smooth transition to OneDrive and Office 365".

OneDrive is now in use by more than 350,000 organisations, Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft, wrote in a blog post.

The offer will also help the customers who wanted to try out OneDrive for Business, but were locked into contract of other cloud storage solutions. Meanwhile, monthly active usage rates doubled during 2017, and the volume of OneDrive for Business storage more than tripled.

These new preview capabilities are rolling out in the coming weeks.

Users can also convert Microsoft Office files into Docs, Sheets, or Slides, by clicking File Download, and selecting the file type needed. And OneDrive integrates with other Microsoft apps like the team portal SharePoint, so files stay in sync across the suite.

The Redmond Giant is trying to push its file storage service to make it easy for both businesses and personal users. Back in 2015, Google launched a plugin that allows you to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents stored in Google Drive, though Office does have to be installed on the machine in question.

Today, Google said it has added the ability to comment on Microsoft files, as well as PDFs and images, without leaving its Drive storage tool or converting documents.

The cloud is a highly competitive place, which makes flawless sense when you consider that so much of our daily lives exists online. Your collaborators don't even need to have Drive installed.

Google said the ability to add comments in Drive previews is one of several features created to boost interoperability between G Suite and Microsoft's Office products.

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