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Dropbox rejigs business version so users can see personal & corporate accounts

by Doug Drinkwater

November 14 2013

Dropbox will roll out its revamped business product early next year
Dropbox will roll out its revamped business product early next year

Mention the name ‘Dropbox’ in business and you’re likely to be met with ‘blacklist’ or other more, colourful words from IT administrators. But that could all change now that the cloud storage firm has introduced a revamped version of Dropbox for Business.

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston announced the news at a plush press conference at the company's San Francisco headquarters on Wednesday, where he talked boldly on the group's new direction.  

“We didn’t just re-do Dropbox for Business,” he said. “We re-did the [whole] foundation of Dropbox.”

The Dropbox CEO went onto demonstrate how the new and improved Dropbox for Business allows users to switch between personal and corporate accounts in the drop-down menu, as well as turn notifications on or off for both accounts.

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The change has seen Dropbox redesign the service across desktop, mobile and the web, and while these changes are likely to be welcomed by end users tired to signing in and out of different accounts, they are also likely to be embraced by IT managers and chief information officers.

For example, as a result of the new changes, businesses will soon be able to manage and block sharing to outside users, prevent sensitive corporate documents from entering personal accounts, and even remotely wipe files from the devices of former employees.

Dropbox has typically been popular with consumers but has sometimes been criticized in enterprise for failing to adhere to businesses’ security needs. However, that didn't stop the firm from launching its business product earlier in the year, and it now says that this latest version will ship to customers early next year (companies can however get early beta access by signing up online, should they wish to test it out earlier).

The Silicon Valley firm hasn’t announced if the pricing will change. As it is, pricing is quoted at $795 for five users each year, and another $125 per year for every additional user.

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