It’s pretty amazing how much technology helps us accomplish at work. Things that used to take days now take hours, and many small tasks—like updating a spreadsheet cell—are as easy as they should be. Still, these advances in technology have created a new set of problems.
The content you need is often scattered across multiple apps. Getting work done requires constant switching between different tools, and coordinating work with your team usually means a mountain of email and meetings.
It all adds up to a lot of time and energy spent on work that isn't the actual work itself. But we’ve got a plan, and we’re excited to share how we're going to help you get a handle on all this "work about work.”
Today, we’re unveiling the new Dropbox. It’s the Dropbox you know and love, but better. It’s a single workspace to organise your content, connect your tools, and bring everyone together, wherever you are. The first thing you’ll notice is an all-new Dropbox desktop app that we’re introducing today through our early access program. It’s more than an app, though—it’s a completely new experience.
Bring your content together
Building on our history of helping organise your content, the new Dropbox brings cloud-based files together with traditional files so you can keep it all in one place. Now you can:
- Create, access, and share cloud-based files like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides and Microsoft Office files within Dropbox. You can also choose to open Microsoft Office files in Office Online or the Google web editor.
- Create and store shortcuts to any website alongside your content in Dropbox. Shortcuts make it easy to keep content from online project management and productivity tools—even news articles and wiki pages—together with the rest of your work in Dropbox.
- Use one search box, not 10, to search across all of your content. You’ll see traditional files, cloud-based files, shortcuts, and files you’ve chosen not to download through our selective sync feature—all in one place.
And don’t worry—you can still organise all your work from the Dropbox folder in Windows File Explorer and macOS Finder.
Bring your tools together
Bringing all of your content together is just the start. We’re also making sure the apps you use throughout the day are an integral part of this new workspace. Building on our existing integrations with tools from companies like Salesforce, Adobe, and Autodesk, we’re introducing three new integrations. They’ll work seamlessly with Dropbox to help bring your content into context:
- Collaborate with Slack. The new Dropbox and Slack integration helps bridge the gap between content and communication, letting you collaborate seamlessly on shared content. You’ll be able to start Slack conversations and share content to Slack channels directly from Dropbox.
- Video conference with Zoom. By connecting Zoom and your calendar to Dropbox, you can now bring your work into video conferences. From Dropbox, you’ll be able to add and join Zoom Meetings. And during Zoom Meetings, you’ll be able to share files from your Dropbox.
- Manage projects with Atlassian. Coming soon, enhanced integrations that we’re building with Atlassian will help teams more effectively manage their projects and content.
Bring everyone together
It isn’t just about content and tools. The heart of all that work is the people making it happen, so we’ve also built new features to help your team stay in sync. We’ve transformed shared folders into rich workspaces where teams can:
- Get coordinated by adding descriptions to folders to help the team understand more about the work they’re doing. Key content can be highlighted by pinning it to the top of a workspace, and you can even @mention people and assign to-dos so everyone knows what happens next.
- Gain visibility into the latest progress on shared work. The new Dropbox lets you see file activity—including viewer info and team collaboration on Dropbox content in Slack and Zoom—and keep tabs with a new team activity feed.
- Share feedback by creating comments right alongside your content, across desktop, web, and mobile.
Take it out for a spin
Ready to try out the new Dropbox experience for yourself? All Dropbox users can opt in to the new desktop app through our early access program, and we’re rolling out the other features over the next few weeks. We can’t wait to hear how you’re using the new Dropbox, what you like, and what you want more of—look for the “Send feedback” button in the lower-right corner of the new desktop app. And this is just the first step. Be on the lookout for more announcements about how Dropbox will help you bring together your content, your tools, and your team.