Dropbox has always been a popular option for cloud storage. Their free plans are robust and stable, and plenty of users pay for additional storage on their servers. Dropbox has always had good features, but one place they’d lagged behind competitors in the past was on price. Today, Dropbox has taken steps to catch up in that regard, while adding even more features and benefits for their pro users.
The biggest bang for your buck comes from the news that Dropbox Pro will now consist of a single plan – $9.99/month or $99/year for 1 terabyte of data. This aligns Dropbox with the price point set by Google and Microsoft for a terabyte of cloud storage, though without some of the additional perks (Office 365, Google Drive, etc.) provided by their competitors. It also seems odd that they wouldn’t have any other pricing tiers. I’d imagine that offering something similar to Google’s 100gb for $1.99/month would be incredibly appealing to more than a few Dropbox users.
Dropbox also announced several new features for their Pro users. From their blog post:
New sharing controls
Simple collaboration is one of the reasons people choose Dropbox Pro, but we’ve heard you ask for more ways to protect the stuff you share. That’s why we’re bringing new sharing controls to Dropbox Pro.
- Passwords for shared links create an additional layer of security so only people with the password can access your link.
- Expirations for shared links safeguard your sensitive files by letting you set how long your links stay up.
- View-only permissions for shared folders let you pick whether recipients can edit or just view files within your shared folder.
New safeguards for lost devices
Remote wipe lets you delete your Dropbox files from a lost or stolen device while keeping them safely backed up in Dropbox. For example, if you’ve ever left your laptop on a plane, you’re not just worried about the laptop — you’re worried about the stuff that’s on it.
All in all, today’s announcements are a good step for Dropbox. While they have always offered plenty of great features for their Pro users, their pricing lagged behind Google and Microsoft. Are these new features enough to keep you on Dropbox Pro, or make you switch from Google or Microsoft? Let us know in the comments or on your favorite social network.Source: Dropbox Blog
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