Things are taking a new shape at Dropbox—the cloud file storage company is transforming into an enterprise collaboration workplace—what I would call a task manager. It means you can now do more than just storing your file on the platform, and now collaborate with a colleague online.
A new version of Dropbox that allows you to launch apps with shortcuts for G Suite and many more was announced by the company on Tuesday. You will also be able to use built-in Slack message sending and Zoom video calls, search across all your files on your device, communicate, comment on a colleague’s work, and much more. You will also be able to add notes and tag your colleagues at work in to-do lists attached to files in what would virtually make the app a task manager.
The new Dropbox launches today for all of its 13 million business users across 400,000 teams plus its consumer tiers. Users can opt-in here for early access and businesses can turn on early access in their admin panel. “The way we work is broken,” CEO Drew Houston said to cue up the company’s mission statement: “to design a more enlightened way of working.”
The new Dropbox is available to all business users across 400,000 teams including its customer tiers. Dropbox in a statement said:
“Today, we’re unveiling the new Dropbox. It’s the Dropbox you know and love, but better. It’s a single workspace to organize 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.”
A new desktop app for all users is also being launched as part of the change—this is to ensure that it does not have to live inside your Windows file system or Mac. Now, when a file is clicked, a preview and presence data about who has viewed it, who is currently viewing it, and who has access can be seen.
The new Dropbox also comes with a deep integration with Slack. This will enable you to comment on files within Dropbox and Zoom, which will in turn allow you to video chat without leaving the workplace.
Everyone will be thrilled by the fact that Dropbox has now been transformed into a task manager with all the changes that have been made to the service. Every file now gives you the chance to type out descriptions, to-do lists and tag co-workers to assign them tasks. There is also an activity feed that displays comments and actions from co-workers, which eliminates the need to collaborate in separate Google Doc or Slack channel.