SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today Zoom Video Communications, Inc. announced that it has formed a strategic, multi-phase partnership with leading collaboration platform Dropbox. The first stage of this partnership involves the development of integrated workflows between the two solutions as well as a strategic financial investment by Dropbox in Zoom. The workflows will allow joint customers to seamlessly collaborate with the combined power of these solutions, extend Zoom’s functionality, and expose the video communications leader to hundreds of millions of Dropbox users. Subsequent phases of the partnership will involve deeper embedding of Zoom into the core Dropbox product and UI, as well as go-to-market programs.
The partnership will be discussed by Zoom’s head of product management, Oded Gal, and Dropbox’s SVP Engineering, Product, and Design, Quentin Clark, during the product keynote at the Zoomtopia 2018 user conference.
In the Zoom and Dropbox integrated workflow, a user of both services will be able to enjoy the following capabilities:
- Next to Zoom, click Connect to Zoom, and follow the prompts. Note: If you’re part of a Dropbox Business team and you don’t see Zoom, your admin may have disabled Zoom for your team. You’ll need to get help from your team admin to connect to Zoom.
- Login to Dropbox. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep your files safe.
- Within Dropbox, users 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. 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 Zoom display. For example, while a conversation occurs within a video call, Zoom users can retrieve shared content saved in Dropbox and easily communicate real-time changes that need to be made while it is being presented.
Move your cursor over a file in Dropbox, click the arrow next to share, then click Present in Zoom. Input your Zoom Meeting ID and click Present. You will be joined into the Zoom meeting and a screen sharing window will appear. The internet browser with Dropbox open will be selected by default as the window to present. Start a Zoom instant meeting from a file preview in the Dropbox desktop app Open the Dropbox desktop app. Click the name of the file you’d like to preview. To the right of the file preview, click the Zoom icon. I am working with an organization that uses Dropbox basic to share files, and we use Zoom for staff meetings once a week. We record the staff meetings and upload them to Dropbox so that those who cannot attend can download them and watch them, however after uploading them into Dropbox they disappear a few days later.
The Zoom and Dropbox integrated experience provides instant, real-time video communications within content storage and sharing. This allows users to get more done faster, with streamlined content organization and better communications.
“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.”
“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.”
Zoom and Dropbox integrated workflow experiences will be available in the first half of 2019.
Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Zoom Rooms, the leading software-based conference room solution, features video and audio conferencing, wireless content sharing, and integrated calendaring running on off-the-shelf hardware. Zoom Rooms suit any meeting or collaboration space, from small huddle rooms to world-class training centers. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organizations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done. Zoom is a private company headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit zoom.us and follow @zoom_us.
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Constantly switching from app to app makes putting all the pieces together tough. You might have meeting notes over here, strategy docs over there, leading to a lot of jumping around—and a lot of lost focus.
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This is one of the problems we set out to solve in building Dropbox into the world’s first smart workspace. By bringing everything together in one place, we’re helping you recapture your focus. Today, we’re taking that one step further with enhancements to our Zoom integration that let you do even more without leaving Dropbox.
When we first integrated Zoom with our smart workspace, we made it easier to bring your work in Dropbox into Zoom. The ability to present Dropbox content in Zoom Meetings, and add or join Zoom Meetings right from Dropbox, not only simplified common workflows, but also helped teams get in sync.
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Now, we’re helping you bring your Zoom Meetings into Dropbox. Record a Zoom Meeting and you’ll be able to save it—along with a transcript—to Dropbox. From there, you can securely share the transcript and recording with team members—and keep them in the loop when they can’t make it to the meeting. And since transcript files are indexed using our full text search feature, they’ll show up when you search for any phrase mentioned during your meeting.
We’ve also added the ability to instantly start a new Zoom Meeting from within Dropbox. Just select team members you’re collaborating with, start a meeting, make decisions, and move forward.
All of this means you’ll spend less time switching apps—and more time getting important work done. We’re excited to make it easier to securely use Zoom from our smart workspace so you and your team can stay focused. Get started today by connecting your Zoom and Dropbox accounts.