Dropbox announced a partnership with Google today that is designed to help G Suite users make better use of the cloud collaboration company’s toolset by letting users open and edit G Suite files directly from Dropbox folders on the hard drive and on the web. The news comes just as Dropbox announced plans for an initial public offering after 10 years as one of the leading cloud storage and file management companies in Silicon Valley.
As part of the new Google partnership, which mirrors one Dropbox formed with Microsoft a few years back, users will be able to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files directly within Dropbox’s interface. That should be helpful for the more than 50 percent of Dropbox customers who also work for a company that uses G Suite at work, which includes Gmail, Google Drive, and other cloud-based Google productivity software.
“We want to make it easy for our users to work across devices with the tools they love,” Tony Lee, Dropbox’s vice president of engineering, wrote in a blog post. “This partnership with Google Cloud is one more way we’re creating a unified home for content and the conversations around it. We’re excited to work with Google to break down silos and centralize the information teams rely on every day.”