Collaborating for free is always a plus, and now Dropbox is making that easier.
The company is launching a new feature called Dropbox Teams, which makes it easier for people to use their personal accounts at work. The feature will be available to Basic and Pro users over the next week.
Here’s how it works: Users can create a team folder to keep files in one place. Group members added to the team folder will have access to all the files within that folder. Anyone added to that team will have immediate access to everything, even if they’re added later on.
There’s also an option to link your personal and work Dropbox accounts so that you can switch from one to the other without signing out.
Dropbox for Business, a service Dropbox says is being used by more than 100,000 companies, already has similar tools. However, Dropbox Teams will be available to all users — those using the service for free with a Basic account or paying $10 a month for a Pro account.
The new feature is aimed at smaller companies that may already use Dropbox but don’t pay for Dropbox for Business, which offers more advanced features like more administrative and security controls such as two-factor authentication. More than 400 million people use Dropbox, and 60% of the Basic and Pro users are using it primarily for work, according to the company.
“We do expect that a lot of these small teams who start using the team functionality will, over a period of time, graduate to having those kinds of needs and start using Dropbox for Business,” Dropbox’s Pranav Piyush, a product manager, told Mashable. “That’s going to be a very natural progression.”
Meanwhile, other file-sharing and storage services are competing for users. On Monday, Google also claimed Google Drive has one million paying organizations, according to Fortune. Cloud storage company Box also announced growth in its service. Revenue rose 43% in the second quarter, according to the company, and it also has 39 million registered users and 50,000 paying customers worldwide.
It looks like Dropbox has a new app up its sleeve.The company appears to be beta testing a new note-taking app called “Project Composer,” which combines notes, to-do lists, Dropbox files and calendar information.
First spotted by Product Hunt, the service currently appears to be in a private beta, as not everyone with a Dropbox account is able to access it. Project Composer syncs with your calendar and combines collaborative notes, to-do lists and Dropbox files, which can all be added to individual notes, according to Maggie Bignell, a Product Hunt user, who was able to sign into the productivity-focused app. “Really nice so far — some beautiful (beginnings of, it’s a bit of a mashup at the moment) typography and very clean interface (reminiscent of Evernote’s web experience),” Bignell wrote. “It allows multiple people to work on a note. You can add tasks, images, dropbox files, tables all in line with your notes. It also prompts you to create a note for a meeting based on what’s on your calendar.”
— Maggie Bignell (@maggled) April 3, 2015
Project Composer also integrates with notes taken in previous Hackpad accounts, a startup acquired by Dropbox last year. It seems the former Hackpad team may be behind Project Composer, as some of those who have early access to the new app (including Bignell) were previously Hackpad users.
When I tried to sign in with my Dropbox credentials, I was redirected to a page that said the app was “not quite ready for prime time yet,” although there is an email to request an invitation to the service.
Project Composer lets users sign in using an existing Google or Dropbox account, but it isn’t yet available to every Dropbox user.
However, a look at my Dropbox account confirms that Project Composer is, in fact, an “official Dropbox app.” Indeed, it’s listed alongside Mailbox and Carousel as “also from Dropbox” apps in my main Dropbox account. However, it’s unclear when we’ll see Project Composer’s official debut, but the fact that some users are able to access the service suggests Dropbox may be getting close to launch.
A Dropbox spokesperson declined to comment on the record.