The company also announced deals with other partners including Slack Technologies Inc., Zoom Technologies Inc. and Atlassian Corp. that will help Dropbox expand into popular areas of workplace functions and capture more of employees' time as they build, share and work with software files.
For videoconferencing, users have the ability to initiate or join a Zoom Meeting while viewing and working on shared content in Dropbox.
Assuming you're using a suite of apps that integrate with Dropbox already, you can centralise your workflows and not need to jump between apps when you want kick off a quick video conference or work collaboratively on a document. In the future, Dropbox hopes to incorporate even more apps and tools.
In a statement, Dropbox Chief Executive Drew Houston said the new software was meant to let users work together on files without having to bounce between multiple windows.
If you got into Dropbox as a consumer who wanted to share files, take note of Dropbox's more corporate priorities today.
Dropbox long has offered free accounts with a 2GB cap, but in March, it imposed a new limit: you could sync your Dropbox data on three devices maximum.
"Let's bring this experience into the 21st century", Houston said. "We're focused on productivity and collaboration", though regular folks can benefit from the new Dropbox for tasks like organizing Little League teams or planning weddings, he said. That's fine if you have one laptop, one phone and one tablet, but as soon as you go beyond that, you'll need to pay for Dropbox or pick a different service. With this release, Dropbox has changed the underlying structure of its desktop application to operate just like any other desktop application, rather than its previous incarnation, which was tied very closely to desktop file systems like Windows File Explorer or Apple's Finder. For instance, users can start conversations and send files to Slack channels directly from Dropbox, and also share Dropbox files within Slack conversations. Powerpoint documents can be edited right inside a Google editor and all changes will be saved on Dropbox.