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For some odd reason, Google and Dropbox have never entered into partnerships despite how similar their services are, particularly Dropbox and Google Drive's storage solutions. The partnership will play out in the form of specific integrations between tools from the two providers. Hangouts Chat should help the search giant better compete with Microsoft for a larger share of the enterprise market.
Beyond Google Docs and files, Dropbox will also develop additional native G Suite integrations with Gmail and Hangouts Chat, the firm said, to help teams keep project content connected to the conversations around it.
Dropbox said that as part of the partnership, it plans to develop a series of cross-platform integrations that connect G Suite cloud productivity tools and content over Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts, with its global collaboration platform. It offers integrations with Salesforce, Freshdesk, Trello, Wrike, JIRA and more. According to the release, Dropbox Business admins will be able to manage G Suite content from apps like Docs and Sheets in the same way that they manage other content in Dropbox. Nor has Dropbox said when this will happen, other than to say the integrations "will begin launching later this year". In addition, users can choose to see metadata on Dropbox content in Gmail including date created, last saved and last accessed.
Google Hangouts, technically known as Hangouts Chat, is a text, audio, and video communication application that was first made available through Google's Gmail interface. The firm now has 500 million registered users, but only 11 million are paying for its services.