Dropbox’s new desktop app is a radical overhaul

Dropbox gets a makeover with updated desktop app, new Slack and Zoom integration

Dropbox gets a makeover with updated desktop app, new Slack and Zoom integration

After releasing a number of ancillary apps like Dropbox Paper and API integrations with popular online tools like Microsoft Office, Google's suite of cloud apps as well as Zoom and Trello, the company has embarked on a redesign that aims to make Dropbox the place where you do all your work.

Dropbox unveiled a major overhaul Tuesday created to transform its file-sync service into a central collaboration hub connecting other tools like G Suite, Slack, Zoom and Microsoft Office. You can even view AutoCAD files inside a Dropbox file viewer, even if you don't have AutoCAD installed. The new Dropbox is attempting to simplify that.

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston introduced the new app at a media event in San Francisco, and it will be initially available as part of an early access program.

Starting today, you'll be able to create, save, and share your Google Docs and Microsoft Office files from within Dropbox.

The Dropbox interface on web, mobile, and desktop is also getting an overhaul; it promises to better organize all the content you have on Dropbox.

The changes are a bigger deal for the company's paid customers, who tend to be businesses and rely on Dropbox to store and share files for employees.

"Let's bring this experience into the 21st century", Houston said.

The "new Dropbox", is a platform, the company says, you don't need to leave. We can now see where this is going with the updated Dropbox service taking things a step further.

Dropbox has offered a useful file-sync service for years, but it's got competition - Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Apple iCloud, all from tech giants that can build their services into the platforms they control. For instance, users can start conversations and send files to Slack channels directly from Dropbox, and also share Dropbox files within Slack conversations. But the company is working on closer integration with others, he said, and what we're seeing now is just version one of the new Dropbox.