​Dropbox arrives on Windows Phone, London office opens

Windows Phone users can finally ditch third-party Dropbox apps for the real thing as of today.

Complementing Microsoft's Windows 10 launch yesterday, Dropbox has at long last released its app for Windows Phones handsets.

Windows Phone users need no longer rely on third-party apps to use Dropbox on their smartphone, thanks to this week's release of Dropbox for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, which joins Dropbox's existing Microsoft-friendly apps for Windows RT and Windows 8.1.

A unique feature in the Windows Phone app is that users can 'pin' Dropbox folders to the Windows Phone Start screen for quick access. The Windows Phone app will also feature more standard Dropbox functionality, such as backing up photos, marking files as favourites, and simultaneous access to work and personal accounts.

The new Dropbox app for Windows Phone is the latest fruit of the partnership between Microsoft and Dropbox, announced in November. It allows Office users to access Dropbox directly from Office apps on Android and iOS, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app. The feature is set to arrive for Dropbox for Business customers with Office 365 licences in future.

Dropbox also recently released Dropbox Badge to bring new functionality to the collaboration tools available in Office.

The cloud storage company also this week announced a new office in London, joining its existing international offices in Dublin, Herzliya, Sydney, and Tokyo. In December, it also opened a new office in Microsoft's and Amazon's home town, Seattle.

Dropbox's 'lean' London office is being headed up by Mark Van der Linden, formerly Google's Enterprise UK and Ireland country manager.

The new office comes on the heels of the company's acquisition of Israel-based startup CloudOn, whose service let users edit, create, and share Microsoft Office files online.

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