Today Dropbox (NASDAQ: DBX) and Zoom Video Communications announced a strategic partnership to expand remote collaboration for teams and users. The two companies will develop a series of cross-platform features that facilitate real-time communication around shared Dropbox content, making teamwork more effective. Additionally, Dropbox will make a strategic investment in Zoom to support both companies' development of deeply integrated product experiences that help customers stay in sync.
The partnership also supports customer discovery and adoption of each others’ products. Both companies will initially deliver two unique integrations available for all users on Dropbox and Zoom surfaces. These capabilities will make the right content more accessible, save time, and help meetings become more effective:
- Within Dropbox, users will have the option to initiate or join a Zoom Meeting while viewing and working on shared content. This new integration will be built into the existing Dropbox viewer info feature, which shows who’s accessing shared files or folders, enabling users to stay in sync with teammates and collaborators. With Zoom features integrated into Dropbox, users can seamlessly communicate, discuss content in real-time, and move projects forward.
- During a Zoom Meeting, users will be able to share content such as documents, slides, and images from Dropbox and display them on-screen. Accessed content can be saved back to Dropbox from the on-screen display. For example, while a conversation occurs within a video call, Zoom users can reference shared content saved in Dropbox and easily communicate real-time changes that need to be made as it’s being presented.
“Whether you’re working with someone across the hall or across the country, the right products should make it seamless to collaborate and stay in sync," said Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. "We're thrilled to join forces with Zoom — together, we're making it easier for customers to do their best work. Partnerships with best-of-breed companies like Zoom help us deliver on our mission of designing a more enlightened way of working.”
“It is important to Zoom that we work with high-quality solutions across the communication and collaboration spaces to build the best experiences and deliver happiness to our customers," said Zoom Founder and CEO, Eric S. Yuan. "At our customers’ request, we’ve partnered with Dropbox to do just that. I look forward to growing this partnership for the benefit of our mutual customers.”
These integrations are expected to be available starting in the first half of 2019.
Dropbox is a leading global collaboration platform that's transforming the way people and teams work together. With more than 500 million registered users across 180 countries, we’re on a mission to unleash the world’s creative energy by designing a more enlightened way of working. Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has 12 offices around the world. For more information on our mission and products, visit dropbox.com.
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