Microsoft Office for Mac has new cloud storage features

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Microsoft Office already works well with any cloud storage service you have installed, as documents can be saved to any folder on your computer. However, there is still room for improvement and new cloud storage features for Office on Mac are being rolled out.

Microsoft Office on Mac has an “Add a place” button on the Open screen, which lets you add a OneDrive or SharePoint account to access documents. That way, you don’t need to install the required cloud sync clients on your computer, since Office will download a given file and upload the changes back to a cloud account.

Microsoft Office places screen on Mac
Current “Add a place” menu in PowerPoint for Mac

Microsoft has now released an update for Office Insiders, replacing “Add a place” in the Open menu with “Connected accounts.” The core functionality is the same – you can add or remove cloud storage accounts – but the name and interface now more closely resemble the Office mobile apps.

Microsoft also added support for Box cloud storage, and the company “continues to add new support for more third-party services.” Dropbox used to be a supported option on some platforms. Google Drive would certainly come in handy, even if most documents shared collaboratively in Drive use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Connected accounts screen in Office
The new Connected Accounts panel Microsoft

Connected accounts is available in Office Current Channel Preview version 16.64 (22082100) or later. Once all the bugs are ironed out, it should roll out to everyone who has Office on Mac. It’s not known when, or if, Office for Windows will receive a similar overhaul.

Source: Microsoft