Dropbox Rolls Out New Business Features

Online storage and collaboration service Dropbox is moving its Dropbox for Business service from beta to general release. The company is also busily announcing new features as it tries to keep ahead of the features arms race among online services.

Dropbox for Business was launched as a beta in November, and on Wednesday it became generally available. Additionally, the service has been rebuilt so that a user can have a Dropbox for personal files and another for work, with access to both from any device. The company says it has more than 275 million users and over four million businesses.

The service also includes several capabilities that IT often wants, including remote wipe, the ability to transfer an account if someone leaves, and audit log sharing to keep track of how data is shared inside and outside of a company. Dropbox for Business requires at least five users, and the cost is $15 per user every month.

Project Harmony

A new initiative called Project Harmony allows collaboration for users employing Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Available later this year, Harmony permits a user to see who's editing a file, have a conversation with other editors or keep copies in sync within an app. The company said this can help avoid having to create multiple versions of a document for collaborators. The new features are being compared to those in Google Documents.

The company also unveiled on Thursday its Mailbox for Android app, as well as a new function called Autoswipe built into Mailbox that automates common actions by learning from what the user does. A private beta of Mailbox for Mac has also been launched.

Carousel is Dropbox's new gallery app for photos and videos that combines Dropbox-stored photos with those on your phone and automatically provides back-up for new photos.

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