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Dropbox unveils Spaces 2.0, its standalone workspace for collaboration

A year after the introduction of Spaces, Dropbox has revamped its team collaboration workspace with a stronger project management focus and the creation of a separate, dedicated area for colleagues to work together on shared projects.

The launch of “Spaces 2.0” follows the initial rollout of the “smart workspace” interface last year, which itself came after  an overhaul of Dropbox’s file-sharing app in June 2019.

The company’s aim has been to build on Dropbox’s original shared file and folder concept, adding workspaces that contain all relevant documents pertaining to a particular team project — even those hosted in G Suite or Office 365 — and the ability to @mention co-workers.

As a response to increased demand from remote teams in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dropbox developers worked to create a new interface that adds in-depth planning and project tracking capabilities to the virtual workspace. The resulting standalone feature within the main browser-based app is now available in a beta trial.

“Customers found the collaborative capabilities of [the first iteration of] Spaces to be useful, but wanted something more powerful, while other Dropbox customers preferred something focused on existing use cases,” said a Dropbox spokesperson. “By creating a separate Spaces product, we’re able to tailor the experience for each customer group —those looking to Spaces for a virtual workspace and those looking for file sync and share.” 

The feature allows users to access the various “spaces” they’re part of, view a rundown of recent actions by co-workers, update their personal to-do list, and see agendas for upcoming video meetings, thanks to integration with Google and Microsoft calendars.

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