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Dropbox getting Google Docs, Gmail and Hangouts integration

The partnership will allow users to create and edit Google documents directly from Dropbox.

Published onMarch 2, 2018

  • Dropbox has partnered with Google to integrate its productivity tools with Dropbox’s cloud storage service.
  • According to Dropbox, it will begin launching support for the services later this year.
  • Dropbox has already announced integrations with Microsoft Outlook and Adobe Creative Cloud in 2018.

Dropbox has announced a partnership with Google that aims to reduce the number of steps users need to take to get work done. According to a blog post on the Dropbox website, the service will add integration for Google’s productivity tools later this year.

This would add the ability for users to create, edit, open, save, and share Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets directly from Dropbox.

While no further details were given about how this will work, Dropbox already has a partnership with Microsoft that lets users open Office files stored in Dropbox, make changes to them in the Office apps, and then save them to Dropbox. Given the similarities between Google Docs and Office, it isn’t a stretch to assume that the new partnership will work in a similar way.

Other features coming through the partnership include secure collaboration that will see Dropbox Business admins able to manage Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets in the same way as other Dropbox Content, as well as Dropbox integrations with Gmail and Google Hangouts. This will allow users to select and send links to files and preview linked files directly from the two Google communication services.

The partnership with Google is not the first Dropbox has recently announced as it tries to “bring Dropbox to more of the tools you use every day.”

Earlier this month, the company released an add-in for Microsoft Outlook that aimed to make it easier for users to share Dropbox files. Meanwhile, in January, Dropbox expanded its partnership with Adobe Creative Cloud to make it easier to find Adobe XD documents on Dropbox.

These partnerships have been part of an all-around busy start to 2018 for the company as it is also preparing for an IPO that is expected to take place in the first half of 2018.