Dropbox relaunches with new user experience, apps and integrations

  • Dropbox relaunches with new user experience, apps and integrations

Dropbox relaunches with new user experience, apps and integrations

The new Dropbox is attempting to simplify that.

Dropbox's new app presents files as a project-based package.

For videoconferencing, users have the ability to initiate or join a Zoom Meeting while viewing and working on shared content in Dropbox.

The company's new "workspace", announced at an event held in San Francisco, will let users create and share documents from Microsoft Corp's Office suite and Alphabet Inc's Google Docs from the main Dropbox window, as well as start conversations in services like Slack Technologies Inc or Zoom Video Communications Inc. In the future, Dropbox hopes to incorporate even more apps and tools.

The firm has also upgraded its search experience so a search run through Dropbox searches through all your content. The company also offers a range of business plans that give businesses more control of who can share which files. It's aiming more for businesses who'll pay for a service that helps employees work better, not so much for consumers who need to make sure their phone data isn't lost.

"We're focused on removing the friction from that experience, pulling everything together in a way that nobody has done before", Houston said in the statement.

The "new Dropbox", is a platform, the company says, you don't need to leave. Dropbox Team admins can go a step further with the new link-up with Atlassian for work management.

Of course, you can just ignore all these changes and use Dropbox like iCloud and OneDrive on Windows. Starting today, you'll also be able send files to Slack from Dropbox and vice-versa.

But other parts of the new Dropbox take over activity that could happen elsewhere. Powerpoint documents can be edited right inside a Google editor and all changes will be saved on Dropbox.

Houston acknowledged there could be a problem where people get new fragmentation, not new unification. Other features will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, the company said.