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Dropbox Acquires Workplace Chat Zulip that is Still in Private Beta

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Dropbox has just acquired Zulip, the workplace chat solution provider for mobile and desktop. It has not yet been publicly launched and was in private beta during the acquisition. However, Zulip already has a suite of applications available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Linux and Android. These applications allow users to share both private and public messages with their colleagues. Public posts would appear according to topic such as Design, Support, Sales and so much more.

Messaging Solution for Businesses

The startup remains stealthy to date, but competes in the broader business messaging arena with other chat solution providers like Yammer, Slack, Tomfoolery, Convo, Butterfield and more. The technology of email is also another perfect example, since it is where most workplace conversations take place, regardless if a messaging solution is available.

More on Basic Chatting

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Zulip focuses more on the basic chats that include threaded replies and subject lines. Every section has a series of sub ? sections, as well. The company gave users an idea by posting a screenshot on its website where an Engineer stream had sub ? streams like New Hire, Documentation, WebKit Bug and more.

According to Zulip, this feature would allow users to search for conversations that matters to them. The program would also have fast and robust search, several geeky features like keyboard shortcuts, highlighting, code syntax, API, as well as off ? the ? shelf integrations like GitHub, Trac, Nagios, Jenkins and others.

The company has a standard messaging app feature set, too. This includes things such as image pasting, drag ? and ? drop file uploads, group private messages, missed ? message emails, audible notifications and even emoji.

Future Dropbox Integrations

A letter was sent to existing customers, hinting them that a future Dropbox integration will come soon. This could mean that the cloud storage company intends to compete with other online file ? sharing solutions such as Google Drive. The feature would let co ? workers collaborate on files in real ? time. Users can drag a file into the compose box, which would be uploaded for a better discussion with co ? workers.

Zulip did not disclose the amount of its seed investment, but AngelList noted funding from Meraki co ? founders Hans Robertson and Sanjit Biswas, as well as CEO of Blade in Boston Paul English. There were no further details released on the signed deal, including future integrations and financial terms. Dropbox responded by saying that they have nothing more to share at this time.

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