Since September 2008, Dropbox has come a long way. Starting as a file synchronization tool, it then added a business support mechanism, collaboration tools, announced integration with Mircosoft Office and other products, and much more. Today, there are over 600+ million registered users across 180 countries with Dropbox.
As the coronavirus pandemic is still on the rise, the lines between home and work are blurred, pushing Dropbox in a million directions. They are now tackling the home tasks and work issues by blending them to enable users to stay organized and focussed. According to the data of the IDC survey, around 31% of the workforce is concerned about productivity to lose because of shifting to work from home. Although, the recent poll shows that 70% of enterprises will be investing in content collaboration and sharing over the next 12 months to provide adequate support for home-based work.
And now, Dropbox is adding new tools to deliver a better management method to get organized at home and work, so that users can stay productive.
Did you know earlier Dropbox didn’t have password storage, automatic folder backup from PC to the cloud, a family plan, and a secured vault to store critical documents?
Well, now it does. On 16th June 2020, Dropbox introduced a new set of features to compete with its competitors, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. Let’s take a look at those new features introduced by Dropbox:
This plan is for up to six members having individual accounts to view and login with unified billing. It will allow users to create a shared family space up to 2TB in which they can share family photos and important documents with each other. In addition to all Dropbox Plus features, every member will have its own private file space. According to sources, DropBox Family Plan will cost $17 per month for annual charges, or $20 for a month-to-month basis. The plan will be available to Dropbox Plus users in the next couple of weeks, and for everyone at the end of this year.
Dropbox finally integrated HelloSign eSignature as a native feature. The company acquired HelloSign for $230 million in early 2019. It was the big step taken by Dropbox to shift towards enterprise serving. In May 2020, the company said it had 450,000+ business teams on its platform, and now, because people are compelled to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers are gradually increasing.
By integrating HelloSign eSignature, users can easily send, safety store and securely sign their important documents without exiting from Dropbox. The feature will be rolled out as a private beta version next week and will be permanently available to all users next month.
Dropbox App Center
The Dropbox app center will be available for business customers. It will serve as a hub to find Dropbox partners tools like Google, Zoom, and Slack. The users will get a centralized place to connect and discount best-of-breed tools. Dropbox App Center is available starting today to a subset of users in beta with more than 40 integrated partners.
New Features in Dropbox Plus
Dropbox also introduced new features for Dropbox Plus users for better management of personal life essential. Following are features included in it:
With the acquisition of Valt last year, users can now store passwords and sync them across multiple devices with zero-knowledge encryption to seamlessly log in to apps and websites.
Computer Back Up
This feature will automatically backup the user’s PC or Mac folders to Dropbox. So even if your hardware fails or gets lost, you can easily retrieve them with secure access on-the-go. Right now, this feature is only available for Dropbox Basic and Professional users.
It will secure and organize your important documents. You can also grant emergency access to those documents to selected friends or family members. In addition to Dropbox’s existing security features, Vault applies an additional security layer, which includes 6-digit PIN.
The new Dropbox Plus features will be available in the beta version to new Plus users on mobile. They will become available to all Dropbox Plus users in the coming weeks. Right now, it is becoming difficult for people to stay organized at work and in their personal lives. With a unified platform like Dropbox, people will be able to stay organized in both areas and can control their time.