Dropbox teams up with Google for G Suite integration


Hangouts Chat was recently transitioned out of its beta form, and is readily becoming an integral component of Google's in-progress G Suite.

The Google Hangouts Chat Messaging platform enables easier collaboration in enterprises, company says.

"Dropbox is increasingly building out its content collaboration functionality with the freedom to use whatever tools [customers] want to use on whatever platform that they want to use". This is a big deal for the storage company, as more than 50 percent of Dropbox users have a G Suite account. It's available to Windows and macOS users as well as those using Android and iOS. The move comes out of a recognition that people tend to use more than one cloud service, and it can be problematic having to deal with files and tools in different locations.

Like Slack and Microsoft Teams, Hangouts Chat supports chatbots.

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Hangouts Chat fully supports 28 of the world's most popular languages, with individual chat rooms hosting up to eight thousand participants.

With the new strategic partnership, G Suite users will be able to create, open, and edit their Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files directly from within Dropbox. Businesses who are already paying for G Suite will get Hangouts Chat for no additional cost, making it an attractive alternative to Slack. For example, a Google Drive bot alerts team members when someone shares a file with them or makes a comment on one of their files.

Google Google Hangouts Chat on the PC web browser.

With millennials projected to constitute 75 percent of the USA workforce by 2025, Google should benefit from the younger generation's familiarity with Gmail, Hangouts and its other cloud platforms, said Alaa Saayed, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan, based in San Antonio. A so-called Quick Access to Drive feature for instance suggests files or content that a user might need for a meeting based on activity in the users Google Drive and the information in their documents.