Cloud accounting software vendor Xero has announced that it will connect with Office 365 mail, contacts, calendar and files.
This is due to Microsoft's announcement at its developer conference in Barcelona this week about new Office 365 APIs, as part of a plethora of new features.
Xero is one of the 'demo companies' and has been working with Microsoft to integrate both packages.
Other demo companies include DocuSign, K2 and project management tool SmartSheet.
In the coming months, new features including the ability to enable Xero users to sign in straight from their online Office 365 suites via the Office App Launcher.
Xero is currently working on a new feature for Practice Studio users, which will mean they can link emails and documents from within 365 to their clients across desktop, web and mobile apps.
It added in a blog post that there are "so many further opportunities to collaborate" over financial data and documents.
There currently isn't an integration with any other Microsoft products, i.e. Microsoft CRM at the moment, but its integration with 365 could hold the possibility of building "future cool things".
Well done, Xero
This sounds like an excellent move from Xero. If O365 can be integrated into the Xero practice management suite, then one starts to get a truly integrated best-of-breed solution. For my money, Outlook is far and away the best email software and, in O365, you get the option to use Outlook both locally and via the cloud. Integrating that with Xero should allow seamless communication so that, for example, an email to a client about a transaction in Xero can be tracked from within Xero or Outlook.
I hope that the other cloud bookkeeping solutions follow Xero's lead!
Any developments on this please?