Microsoft’s Next Surprise. Major shift in mobile strategy from Microsoft as they release free office apps for mobile devices. You’ll still need a subscription to enjoy the full functionality and benefits. The new versions include integration with DropBox.

I’ve had the chance to try these and the press is true. I’ve connected them simultaneously to Dropbox, Dropbox for Business, Onedrive and Onedrive for business. You’re able to save documents in any one of these locations which greatly increases the flexibility and functionality.

Now, you’re not likely to do a lot of production typing or spreadsheet management on your phone and possibly not on your tablet unless you have a keyboard. And quite frankly, the ease of saving is not yet what it could be unless you do it regularly. If you’re using SharePoint or Office 365 with check in/check out and versions – the number of options can quickly reach a toxic level.

I feel we’re early on in the integration of overall design of Office mobile apps but what I like is that Microsoft’s strategy appears to be more closely aligning with what is required in the current age – a platform where there’s a lot of interoperability between where I want to save and store information in the cloud.