When Dropbox announced that it was integrating the GSuite storage product in March, it was more of a hovud that the two companies worked together. Today on Google Next, Dropbox announced a new add-on to manage Gmail attachments in Dropbox.
Ketan Nayak, a product manager at Dropbox, says this is the first concrete piece that comes from the previous announcement. "In March, we announced a broader partnership with Google to create integration and product initiatives across a variety of different Google Cloud products. What we wanted to share with you today was that we bring one of the first [pieces] in this product partnership, the Dropbox add-in for Gmail, to GA, "he said.
The partnership makes sense The two companies share the many overlapping users with more than 50 percent of Dropbox users, and also use the G Suite. Having access to Dropbox without leaving Gmail or another G Suite tool can potentially save users time and effort using copied and paste and swap applications.
Instead, it's a direct integration now that shows the attachments in a sidebar, after which you can save them if you select it directly in Dropbox, and the experience is the same in your mobile app or online, explained Nayak.
"We created this cross-platform platform that does not exist today, especially on mobile, where many of our users live and work across these different tools. It has been very difficult for users to navigate in and out of different applications, and we really think of this add-on as a first step that enables users on all two platforms to start working more seamlessly, explained Nayek.
In fact, other integrations between products are already in work, including one which allows users to insert a link to a file stored in Dropbox in an email without leaving the program. "Users can share and generate links to Dropbox content while writing an email," he said. This special functionality is not yet ready, the company demonstrated it on stage at Google Next today, and it should be available soon.
Kayak says that these announcements really only e is a starting point for what they hope will be a much more comprehensive set of integrations between the two company's products in the future.