Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:25

Dropbox and Zoom partner to expand remote collaboration

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox and online video collaboration platform Zoom have announced a strategic partnership expanding remote collaboration possibilities. 

The two companies will develop cross-platform features to facilitate real-time communication around shared Dropbox content.

Dropbox will also make a strategic investment in Zoom to support the development of deeply integrated product experiences across both companies.

Additionally, both companies will support customer discovery and adoption of the other vendor’s products.

Dropbox users will have the option to initiate or join a Zoom meeting, built into the existing Dropbox features to show who is accessing shared content.

Zoom users will be able to share content from within Dropbox and display them on-screen during a meeting.

The combined features allow seamless sharing and collaboration of content in real-time, with the company’s seeking to aid users in moving projects forward.

“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 chief executive 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 chief executive Eric 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.”

The integrations are currently scheduled to be delivered during the first half of 2019.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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