It has been an eventful entry into March for Dropbox. The cloud storage company had announced only a few days ago that it's going public. But the business doesn't stop there as the company has now announced plans to partner with Google to bring native G Suite integration to Dropbox storage.
As part of the new partnership, users will be able to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files directly within Dropbox’s interface. Reportedly, more than 50% of Dropbox users also use G Suite, which includes Gmail, Google Drive, and other cloud-based Google productivity software. To this point, there hasn’t been a way to store Google files in Dropbox. Thanks to this new partnership, users can now not just store, but also open and edit these files within Dropbox. When it comes to saving of your work, it'll be saved in both your Google Drive and Dropbox accounts. Furthermore, if you're a Dropbox Business admin, you can manage these files like everything else that's in your online account. The company had formed similar alliance with Microsoft to integrate Dropbox into Office, back in 2014.
“We want to make it easy for our users to work across devices with the tools they love,” Tony Lee, Dropbox’s vice president of engineering, wrote in a blog post. “This partnership with Google Cloud is one more way we’re creating a unified home for content and the conversations around it. We’re excited to work with Google to break down silos and centralize the information teams rely on every day.”
The Dropbox-Google partnership doesn't end here. Dropbox is also adding a new tool for users of Gmail and Google's new Hangouts Chat. The company is working on new, native Dropbox integrations for Gmail and Google Hangouts Chat. The new tools will let users select files from Dropbox account and send links directly from Gmail and Hangouts Chat. The users will also be able to see creation, modification, and last-accessed info in Gmail.
Days ago, Dropbox had announced that it was finally going public, after 10 years as one of the leading cloud storage and file management companies in Silicon Valley. The company will trade on Nasdaq under the symbol “DBX” with actual IPO likely to begin by March end.
Now these new announcements mean the partnership has been in the works for some time. The two companies are in the process of working out the details of how the integration is going to work. The integration is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Stay tuned!