Dropbox has expanded the reach of its add-on for Gmail, which will make it easier for users of both services to find and share files within the email client.
The new extension, which was initially available only for the Chrome browser, will make it easy to attach Dropbox files as links within an email, without switching between apps.
Because the Dropbox files are attached as links, there’s no need to worry about file sizes. On the flip size the app users will be able to save email attachments they read directly to their Dropbox account.
In a blog post, the company writes: “Accessing your Dropbox right in Gmail means no more jumping back and forth between apps. And shared links always point to the latest versions, so there’s no need to update email threads when files are updated.”
The ability to save attachments to Dropbox is available from today, while the link-sharing functionality will roll out soon. The add-on is now available for all browsers, as well as the Android Gmail app. Dropbox says it’s coming to the Gmail iOS app first.
Once installed the add-on appears as an accessible tab on the right hand side of the page, alongside the Calendar, Tasks and Keep icons. You’ll be able to download the add-on from the G Suite marketplace within Gmail. The company says the integration is about making things easier for its own users, 50% of whom use Gmail.
“It’s all about user choice, our customers want to use the tools they love and they want that choice,” Dropbox product manager Ketan Nayak said. “This is the common vision of platform openness that Dropbox and Google share, and that’s what brought us together.”
It comes as part of the Google Cloud partnership announced by Dropbox back in March. The cloud storage company offers similar integration with Microsoft Outlook.
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