Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
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Working with Google Cloud to bring all your work together

Working with Google Cloud to bring all your work together

Dropbox has joined forces with Google Cloud to bring integration with G Suite.

The plan is that later in the year, G Suite customers will benefit from full integration with Dropbox, giving users the ability to create (as well as edit) Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files within Dropbox.

Google Cloud's partnership with Dropbox will lead to centralized content, secure collaboration, and better communication. The partnership will play out in the form of specific integrations between tools from the two providers. Similarly, a Meet bot uses Google Calendar to schedule meetings for the user. The move makes sense considering over 50 percent of Dropbox users have a G Suite account. Dropbox is all in favour because it needs to avoid becoming a silo that irritates users and admins alike.

The agreement works by delivering the concept of centralised content. "Dropbox users will be able to create, open, edit, save, and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly from Dropbox". You can also install bots that integrate with outside services, like Atlassian Jira or Salesforce CRM.

Dropbox has pledged to bring online even more integrations including add-ons for Gmail which will allow you to send file links from within Gmail, just as you do with G Drive now.

Google Hangouts, technically known as Hangouts Chat, is a text, audio, and video communication application that was first made available through Google's Gmail interface. To encourage more integrations, Google is giving developers access to resources for adding their software into Hangouts Chat.

Ritcha Ranjan, director of product management at Google Cloud, said that the objective of the partnership on Google's end is to make G Suite more accessible to users, regardless of the other platforms they're using.

According to Dropbox, it will begin launching support for the services later this year. Ultimately, there will be support for Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts Chat and Gmail, making it far easier to work with the cloud services from Dropbox and Google together. The firm now has 500 million registered users, but only 11 million are paying for its services.

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