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Microsoft Teams features native integration with an increasing number of third-party services, including cloud-based file storage like Box, Dropbox Citrix ShareFile, and Google Drive. Connect your existing storage to Teams to start sharing and collaborating with just a few clicks.

By default, Teams gives you access to cloud storage through Microsoft’s OneDrive service. To import all of your folders and files from Box, Dropbox, Citrix ShareFile, or Google Drive, start by opening the Teams desktop application and navigating to the “Files” tab on the left. Click “Add Cloud Storage” at the bottom of the window.

Teams Files Add Cloud Storage

Select the file storage service that you use and want to link. If you don’t currently have an account with one of these services, you can create a free personal account with Dropbox, Box, Citrix, or Google.

Teams Add Cloud Storage Menu

A new window will pop up. Enter your email address and password to log in. Follow the prompts to grant Teams the authorization to access your files.

Teams Box Integration

Once you’ve logged in, you can immediately begin accessing and interacting with the files stored in your third-party cloud storage. You can double-click any file or folder to open it or right-click it to further interact with the file or folder. Updates you make in Teams will be pushed automatically to your cloud storage service and vice versa.

Teams Box Access

You can always add more cloud storage from other services. Additional services and integrations are available under the “Apps” menu, which you can access by clicking the “Apps” icon in the bottom-left corner.

Teams Apps

Using Teams to collaborate on files stored by your third-party service can make life easier for businesses, especially those operating with freelancers or remote workers. It’s also the best way to make sure your business meets the needs of employees and clients, no matter what service they use to manage their files on the cloud.

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