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US file hosting service Dropbox has finally touched down down under, announcing its first Australian office, to open in Sydney.

The company today announced plans for a Sydney office, the first office for Dropbox in the Asia Pacific region.

The company, which is battling giants like Google and Microsoft to win cloud customers from the business community, also has offices in San Francisco, Dublin, Austin and New York.

“Today we’re delighted to establish our new home in Australia,” said Dennis Woodside, chief operating officer at Dropbox.

“By opening our first APAC office in Sydney we gain access to Australia’s great pool of talent, and can serve more local users and businesses as we continue to grow.”

The initial goal of Dropbox’s Sydney office is to hire for a variety of positions particularly in customer-facing roles like sales and user operations, the company said.

The Sydney team will provide targeted support to the millions of Dropbox users in APAC and allow Dropbox to be even more accessible to the Australian businesses who have widely adopted the service, like Macquarie Group, Mirvac, and Atlassian.

“Sydney is quickly building a reputation as the hub for many of the world’s most advanced and innovative companies, illustrated by the arrival of another top US company like Dropbox,” said Andrew Stoner, deputy premier and minister for trade and investment, New South Wales.

“Sydney is a natural home for Dropbox and our talented workforce will play a major part in the expanding Dropbox story as the company continues to build its international presence.”

“Given Atlassian’s fast-paced environment, and with our team distributed across three continents, it’s important that we can move quickly while staying on the same page. Dropbox for Business lets our designers have real-time access to files so we can work together more efficiently and get business done faster,” said Jurgen Spangl, head of design at Atlassian.

“In terms of workflow, the team just knows that the most up-to-date files live in Dropbox. We’re pleased to have Dropbox as neighbours here in Sydney!”

The company has already begun listing job advertisements, including roles in IT admin, recruiting, sales and solutions architecture.

Earlier this month Dropbox unveiled an updated version of Dropbox for Business, which includes the ability for adminsitrators to remotely delete files in a user's Dropbox Business acccount and remove the account from a device.

Google Drive recently dropped a bombshell on cloud storage - announcing huge price cuts that undercut Dropbox big time. Let's see how it responds. 

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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