Whereas it’s simple to have a look at Dropbox and G Suite as opponents, many have needed to see the 2 companies align. At Google Cloud Next ’19, Dropbox has introduced that that is occurring, with enterprise prospects getting access to deep integration with Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
The combination, at present in open beta, brings one of the best of the 2 companies collectively, with Dropbox dealing with the file administration and Google offering the editor. For instance, it’s now doable to create Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides instantly inside your Dropbox folders.
These recordsdata are capable of be edited utilizing the acquainted Google UI instantly from Dropbox, managed utilizing any Dropbox consumer, and shared utilizing Dropbox’s personal sharing controls.
Equally, when opening a standard workplace file (resembling a .docx) from the Dropbox net consumer, Google’s editor will open inside Dropbox.com. If you’re performed modifying your doc, it can save you it proper again to the identical file, with out dropping the format. This brings the simplicity and energy of the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides editors to the portability of actual recordsdata in Dropbox.
The finer particulars have additionally been taken care of, resembling tying the Google Docs feedback system to Dropbox’s personal file feedback, and making the total textual content of Docs, Sheets, and Slides searchable instantly from Dropbox.
For now, the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides integrations are solely obtainable to Dropbox Enterprise groups. It’s not recognized whether or not Dropbox ever intends to open this to non-Enterprise prospects on the Free and even Premium tiers. Dropbox Enterprise prospects who want to enroll in the open beta can achieve this on the Dropbox website.
As somebody who has lengthy used Google Docs for paperwork, however Dropbox for cloud storage, this is sort of a dream come true. Right here’s hoping it will definitely turns into obtainable for free-tier customers.