Dropbox launched a new Mac app and updated its web and iOS applications to unify the user experience across all platforms. Additionally, the update brought new integrations with third-party software like Slack and improved a number of collaboration features.
Dropbox called its new Mac and Windows app and the updated workspace across its iOS and web experience “the biggest user-facing change in the company’s history”:
“With updates to the Dropbox desktop experience, dropbox.com, and the mobile app, users get a single workspace designed to bring files, fragmented work tools, and teams together. The update includes early access to a new desktop app designed to provide a convenient new access point to the workspace.”
According to Dropbox CEO, Drew Houston, “The new Dropbox helps you quiet the noise and find focus at work.”
New Dropbox Features:
Bring content together
The new Dropbox app brings cloud-based content into the Dropbox file system to provide one central location for all content, featuring:
- Cloud-based content like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which users can now create, access, and share within Dropbox. Users can also open Microsoft Office files in Office Online or Google Docs.
- Shortcuts to web content with links to productivity tools like Trello boards, wiki pages, and news articles. Users can now create and store web shortcuts alongside traditional content in Dropbox.
Bring tools together
The new Dropbox brings together the tools people want to use the most so they can spend less time switching between apps and more time getting work done. In 2018, the company presented Dropbox Extensions, a series of integrations which allows users to start and finish workflows, such as signing contracts and annotating videos, in the Dropbox platform. From today on, users can also:
- Start Slack conversations and send files to Slack channels directly from Dropbox, and easily share Dropbox files within Slack conversations.
- Join or add Zoom Meetings directly from Dropbox, and present files directly from Dropbox in Zoom.
- See Slack and Zoom sharing activities right next to your files in Dropbox.
Additionally, the company has build a new partnership with Atlassian. Together, the two companies will build deep integrations across Dropbox and Atlassian’s platforms to create a better way for teams to organize, coordinate and run projects.
Bring teams together
Available via early access with the new desktop application, folders now have improved capabilities across desktop, mobile, and web, providing a rich workspace for teams. Now users can:
- Pin files to the top of a folder to give anyone with access to the folder quick access to important content.
- Add folder descriptions to give everyone context on the files they see.
- Create to-dos at the top of a folder.
- @mention teammates to draw attention to folder descriptions or to-dos.
- Get updates on file activity, including content shared in Slack and Zoom from any device.
- See who’s viewed files with the viewer info feature now available on desktop.
- Comment on shared content across desktop, mobile, and web.
Dropbox points out that the new Mac app is opt-in via the early access program link for all users and admins can do the same for their teams in the admin console. The other features will be available across the platform with some rolling out “over the next few weeks.”
Together with its Mac app, Dropbox also updated its iOS app with new features.