Dropbox relaunches with new user experience, apps and integrations


In a nutshell, the file storage company updated the Dropbox desktop experience, dropbox.com, and the mobile app, and rolled out native integrations with Slack, Zoom and Atlassian. However, that is not widely available just yet, and is now only rolling out to early access users. Compared to the existing sync client that integrates with Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder, the new desktop app will act like a file manager that can manage both local files and cloud files.

G Suite synergy has also gotten an upgrade. Front and center are shared files, but other panes show other contacts in the project, an activity feed with changes to each file, and a table of contents you can use to navigate to other projects.

The redesign also focuses heavily on user experience on all of Dropbox's platforms, with the company saying the goal was to create an integrated workspace.

Dropbox users can link up their account to Slack and Zoom so that people handling files can stay on the same window to talk with colleagues about what they're working on - #channels and @mentions have been incorporated into sharing modes of the app to great effect. Starting today, you'll also be able send files to Slack from Dropbox and vice-versa.

You no longer need to log into different cloud services to access different files; Dropbox lets you connect to competing services from the likes of Google and Microsoft to bring it all together. Dropbox Team admins can go a step further with the new link-up with Atlassian for work management.

If you got into Dropbox as a consumer who wanted to share files, take note of Dropbox's more corporate priorities today.

Backing up your phone data is "largely a solved problem", Houston said in an interview.

Over the last couple of years, Dropbox has been developing and releasing new API integrations. For example, comments on Google Docs in Dropbox aren't visible within Google Docs' mechanism for conversing about a document.