Wednesday, 17 June 2020 12:26

Dropbox introduces Family Plan, new features in Plus Plan and more


Cloud storage service, Dropbox, today announced a new Dropbox Family plan, new features to its Plus plan, native integration with HelloSign, and an App Centre to help users keep their life organised and work moving.

Dropbox has come a long way from its initial life as a file synchronisation facility, adding business support, integrations with Microsoft Office and other products, collaboration tools and more along its journey.

Dropbox says it is now tackling the issue of work and home tasks blending together like never before, helping its users be able to organise and focus on what matters.

“The lines between work and home are blurred, and we’re all being pulled in a million directions right now. It can feel chaotic and overwhelming,” said Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox. “We’re working quickly to provide new features to help people stay better organised in all aspects of their lives so they can focus on what really matters—like health and family.” 

“According to IDC survey data, 31% of workers are concerned about lost productivity due to shifting to work from home,” said IDC analyst, Holly Muscolino, Research VP, Content Strategies and the Future of Work. “However, a recent poll shows that 70% of organisations would be investing in content sharing and collaboration over the next 12 months to support at-home workers. With today’s announcement, Dropbox has created a single place to help users get better organised at work and at home, to help them stay productive.”

Specifically, Dropbox has introduced Dropbox Family, a new plan for up to six members with individual account views and logins with unified billing to keep things simple. The plan allows users to create a shared Family space to make family photos and important family documents available to all members. Each individual member will also have private file space in addition to all Dropbox Plus features. Dropbox Family will become available to Dropbox Plus users in the next few weeks, and to everyone later this year.

Dropbox Plus is receiving these new features:

  1. Dropbox Passwords - The result of Dropbox’s acquisition of Valt last year, Dropbox Passwords allows users to seamlessly log in to websites and apps by storing passwords and syncing them across devices with zero-knowledge encryption.
  2. Dropbox Vault - Secures and organises users’ most important documents and allows them to grant emergency access to select friends or family, so only their loved ones can access the files when needed. Vault offers an additional layer of security, including a 6-digit PIN, on top of Dropbox’s existing best-of-breed security features.
  3. Computer backup - Automatically backs up users’ Mac or PC folders to Dropbox for secure access on-the-go and retrieval even when hardware fails or is lost.

The features are available in beta to new Dropbox Plus users on mobile as of today and will become available to all existing Dropbox Plus users in the coming weeks. Computer backup is also available to Dropbox Basic and Professional users now.

Other new features are:

  1. HelloSign eSignature embedded as a native feature within Dropbox. The integrated user experience is the first of its kind and makes HelloSign the default eSignature solution within Dropbox. This new workflow enables users to easily send, securely sign, and safely store their most important agreements without leaving Dropbox. This functionality will begin rolling out to users in private beta in the coming weeks and will become generally available to all users in the next month.
  2. Dropbox App Center gives users a centralised place to discover and connect best-of-breed tools from Dropbox partners including Zoom, Slack, and Google. The App Center is available to a subset of users in beta with 40+ integrated partners starting today, and more partners coming soon.

Today Dropbox has over 600 million registered users across 180 countries.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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