New Dropbox Professional service unveiled

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New Dropbox Professional service unveiled

Dropbox has included some of its business features and added new capabilities for its new service for independent professionals.

Dropbox started as a personal service, aimed at synchronising files across an individual devices and as a side effect backing up smartphone photos. Then the company's attention shifted to the business market with a focus on collaboration.

But the latest Dropbox product has individual users firmly in its sights – and this time it's the self-employed and other “independent workers”.

Dropbox Professional costs $279 a year for 1TB of storage. For comparison, Dropbox Plus costs $139 for the same amount of storage.

What you get for the extra money includes:

  • Dropbox Showcase allows content stored in Dropbox to be organised into customised pages that can be shared with clients. Showcase tracks views, downloads and comments so users can see what's happening with the content.
  • Smart Sync lets you see everything in your Dropbox without necessarily having to download it to the computer or other device. This feature is not available in Dropbox Plus, but is also a part of other paid plans.
  • Advanced sharing features include password-protected access, expiring links and detailed viewer histories. Some of these capabilities are part of Dropbox's other paid plans, including Plus.
  • Data protection and security features include 120-day version history, mobile offline folders (to keep entire folders on mobile devices) remote wipe, and two-factor authentication, all as provided by Dropbox Business plans.
  • Priority live chat support is available between 8pm and noon AEDT. If those hours seem strange, it's because they are 9am to 1am UTC, which covers most of business hours in western Europe and the US.

“Work is becoming more fluid as the scope of projects that individuals can take on expands,” said Dropbox head of product Todd Jackson.

“In this new world, it's critical to deliver a phenomenal first impression, every time. Dropbox Professional gives independent workers new ways to organise their workflow and stand out from the crowd by helping them share their work in a customised way that's richer than email.”

In related news, Dropbox Storage is being made available to customers on Business Advanced and higher plans, initially via the early access program.

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