Like millions of others, I use Dropbox on all my machines as do friends and family. Since I also share Dropboxes with clients, I purchased a Pro account for $9.99 per month and have almost maxed out my 100GB sized service. As of today, that same $10/month will get me 1TB of storage!
Though Dropbox’ unique sync’ing capability and ease-of-use is what has made them explode with more than 300 million users and 80,000 paying businesses using the service, they had to compete with others in the storage space:
- Amazon launched cut-price Dropbox competitor called Zocalo
- Google’s GDrive offers 1TB for the same $9.99 per month, though Google Apps (for Business, Education, etc.) subscribers get unlimited storage as long as at least five team members are using the service
- Microsoft OneDrive (formerly named “SkyDrive”) offers several consumer plans and, instead of Dropbox’ free 2GB os storage, the free level on OneDrive is a whopping 15GBs!
- More enterprise-centric Box.com has yet to respond with their pricing but they’ll likely have no choice now, even though their initial public offering has been delayed and some think they’re not doing very well.
Besides just a lot more storage, there are some really useful day-to-day items which will add a lot of value. Dropbox is offering a surprising amount with this new release and will provide any of us with a Pro account more, so read on for some of the new goodness.