At Google Cloud Next ’19, Google’s annual cloud-focused conference, Dropbox officially unveiled a new feature that lets it’s business users work with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides without leaving Dropbox.
The feature, currently in open beta, brings the best of the two services together, with Dropbox handling the file management and Google providing the editor. The files are able to be edited using the familiar Google UI directly from Dropbox, managed using any Dropbox client, and shared using Dropbox’s own sharing controls. Dropbox will also send notifications whenever somebody makes a comment within a Docs, Sheets, or Slides project.
The integration will allow sharing Google file saved in Dropbox. By clicking the share button, it’ll let you create two different shared links: one that grants edit access, and one that is read-only. Files can also be protected so that they’re only viewable within your organization, as well.
Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides can be created from either the Dropbox website, its Windows and Mac apps or its system tray icon. Meanwhile, Dropbox’s mobile apps for Android and iOS can be used to manage, download and preview the files.
As of now, the new functionality is exclusive to Dropbox Business and G-Suite accounts. You’ll be required to sign in to both your Google and Dropbox accounts. Dropbox says that the integration will be available to all non-Business users is planned for later this year.