Dropbox relaunches with new user experience, apps and integrations

Dropbox relaunches with new user experience, apps and integrations”

Along with the new Dropbox experience, there'll also be a new Dropbox desktop app.

The "new Dropbox", is a platform, the company says, you don't need to leave. With the launch of a new desktop app, Dropbox wants to reposition itself as the centre of your workplace. I tried out the Windows desktop app to get a taste of it, and I enjoyed being able to do more than just stash and retrieve files from there. 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. Users can also take advantage of integrations with Microsoft Office 365 and (more recently) Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to create and edit projects in those native interfaces. Other apps, like Slack, now work better and Dropbox even lets you share files directly to your Slack channels from within the app. "Be on the lookout for more announcements about how Dropbox will help you bring together your content, your tools, and your team". You can even view AutoCAD files inside a Dropbox file viewer, even if you don't have AutoCAD installed.

Dropbox is revealing a brand new look for its service.

"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.

Over the last couple of years, Dropbox has been developing and releasing new API integrations.

And you no longer need to wonder what everyone has been up to.

The new client is now in public preview, and the company made it clear that it will still possible to use Dropbox the "old way", with the easy-to-understand Dropbox folder in Windows File Explorer. For example, comments on Google Docs in Dropbox aren't visible within Google Docs' mechanism for conversing about a document. Now, the company has decided that far from its service being just a box in the sky, it has created new macOS and Windows apps to act as a hub for communications, file sharing, and crafting with a clean and adaptive design.

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