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Dropbox Aims for More Enterprise Users With New Admin Features

dropbox-logo-money-featureThe competition between the cloud file-storage company Dropbox and the enterprise-focused cloud collaboration platform Box is about to heat up, just a little.

Today, DropBox announced some enhancements for its business-oriented Dropbox for Teams service. The big one is the creation of a new administrative console that gives managers the ability to keep track of all users signed in to a company’s Dropbox account, and to also control what they can and can’t do, how much space they’re using, and what devices they may be using.

If you’re a typical Dropbox user, you probably use it to share files between your home and office, or to quickly share with people you do business with outside your company or with lots of people on your team. In this way, Dropbox has sort of snuck in the back door of large companies where it is used, and has recently fully embraced that with Dropbox for Teams. The service is in use in some capacity by people at more than two million businesses around the world.

The company said the new features are part of a stronger strategic push to make Dropbox more enterprise-friendly this year. It has got a long way to go versus Box, which has been aimed at the enterprise since day one.

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