BYOD sync 'n share

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  1. Chris Mellor 1

    BYOD sync 'n share

    Dropbox is popular for sync'ing and sharing files across smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktop PCs. I use it myself in my all-Apple computing universe of iMac, MBA, iPad and iPhone, and I use it in preference to Apple's iCloud. The killer aspect for me? Dropbox is a device icon that acts like a folder of files. God knows what iCloud is; it screws up calendar sync and iTunes music and film sync and that kills it stone dead for me. And I don't care if I'm doing something wrong; the damn thing should just sort it out. With Dropbox there is no wrong to do; file drag 'n drop being pretty basic.

    Dropbox doesn't do calendars or iTunes music/film sync but I don't care about that. Nice features but not mandatory. What about security?

    Dropbox says:

    Dropbox uses modern encryption methods to both transfer and store your data.

    - Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption

    - Dropbox website and client software have been hardened against attacks from hackers

    - Public files are only viewable by people who have a link to the file(s). Public folders are not browsable or searchable

    - Dropbox uses Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) for storage, which has a robust security policy of its own.

    That's good enough, surely?

    Longer term I reckon file sync 'n share will become an O/S feature and stop being a separate product category, much like deduplication became a universal feature. But the OS/s will have to become much slicker and reliable at file sharing.

    A I right or am I wrong?

    Chris.

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

      Re: BYOD sync 'n share

      As others have mentioned, Dropbox only encrypts the link to its servers, all of your data is available there naked and, if something goes wrong at their end, to world+dog. But that is no worse than most folk's PCs so its acceptable for most users I guess.

      What I would like is an option in Dropbox's client to use your own NAS for some data, as it would be faster & easier for a home setup to sync big files (videos, ISOs, etc) between multiple users without needing always-on networking & NAS. But I guess that would eat their financial lunch so not likely to happen.

      1. B33k34

        Re: BYOD sync 'n share

        Dropbox works remarkably well - I'm surprised how few problems I have with it between work PC, home Mac and iPad. I've not yet trusted my 'home' network to it but really only because I've not got round to it. The major barrier is working out sync of iTunes and iPhoto (as both have large libraries) and doing so at a reasonable cost.

        Suggestions? Is there a local mac-mac sync solution (without online storage) that's as simple to set up and manage and reliable as Dropbox?

        Pretty sure Dropbox does have a 'LAN sync' option to speed up syncing - https://www.dropbox.com/help/137 but of course the stuff must still end up on the Dropbox servers at some point (and you must still have to pay for the storage).

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: BYOD sync 'n share

      Dropbox would be a whole lot better and more secure if it offered a multi-user installer, currently it seems it can only be installed per user.

    3. Soruk
      Coat

      Re: BYOD sync 'n share

      I recently installed it on my Linux server, which also functions as a NAS for my local network over NFS and Samba, and the server now has a "Dropbox" directory at the top level - which is, as you've already guessed, is synced with Dropbox. So, I don't need to install their client on every box, but it's instantly available on all of my kit. I'm not an apple user - both my bog-standard Wildfire and HP Touchpad can also access Dropbox.

      Mine's the one with the blue cardboard box in the pocket.

  2. volsano

    trust no one

    Dropbox is convenient and easy to use. Much more so that

    n services like Wuala and Spideroak that offer similar services.

    But the fly in Dropbox's achilles heel ointment is the lack of encryption on the servers operated by Dropbox.

    I would need to trust a lot of foggy processes (fog is all you can see when you are in a cloud) before I could entrust data to all those third parties.

    The risk is not just that something I want kept private might be disclosed. I do not want to risk lower-level security stuff being subverted or corrupted.

    1. TheRealLifeboy

      Re: trust no one

      There is nothing preventing you from encrypting a file before you store it in dropbox. The process can be pretty much automated with something like Ubuntu's home directory automatic encryption feature. This will encrypt all files in your home directory and when transferred to dropbox, the contents will still be encrypted. If sure other OS's have similar features, but I don't use them so can't explain how to achieve the same effect.

      1. technomole

        Re: trust no one

        This what I do, I use various places to store files, dropbox,ubuntu one,minus,pogoplug and a couple of others (I think)

        For dropbox I encrypt anything I feel might be viewed as sensitive info, I use encfs on ubuntu to encrypt the folder the info is in, pretty simple really.

        But I guess the best way to stay secure is to not put it online in the first place.

      2. Andrew Dodd 1

        Re: trust no one

        The problem with this is that it'll only work if you only ever use one OS. TrueCrypt goes some way to alleviating the issue as it's cross-platform but it brings its own issues along with it, and isn't available for mobile devices.

      3. pabc

        Re: trust no one

        mines the one with an hourly cron job script;

        ccrypt -eRs ~/Dropbox/encrypted -K mysecretlongpassphrase1

        to encrypt one folder of my dropbox stuff - safe in the knowledge that if I forget to re-encrypt after working on it the system sorts it out for my next hour

  3. JDX Gold badge

    If I had genuine business secrets I'd use some more specialised service. For 'normal' confidential data like my accounting backups, it's fine IMO - anyone who cracks their servers will have far more interesting things to look at.

  4. SDBowler

    certainly works a dream - as good as MobileMe and a lot better than iCloud which seems limited to Apple applications.

  5. Dan 55 Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Well, the Catalan educational system has deemed it to be "good enough"

    The laptops they supply their students (well, the laptops the students' parents forced to buy) use Dropbox to store homework. I suspect their definition of "good enough" was "free", in the same way that every student gets a gmail account.

    Toshiba se adjudica 68.000 portátiles de la Escuela 2.0

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Good enough

    As you say though, it will become a feature of the OS in time. When Dropbox tried to sell to apple, Steve Jobs told them it was a feature not a product. Sorry I can't find a link.

    But, dropbox is great, works well and has saved me a lot of hard work and time

    1. jubtastic1

      Re: Good enough

      You've got that slightly wrong, Dropbox refused to sell to Apple, Steve told them that to try and get them to sell.

      Dropbox does its thing very well but it's only doing the most basic of syncing, to the point that I've seen files fork from nothing more than two users reading it at the same time, it's a long way from OS integration.

      True syncing, as end users expect it to work, which is to say magically, is really really bloody hard.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Thumb Up

        Re: Good enough

        Thanks for the correction

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    The classic line is:

    Don't put something on the internet if you don't want people to see it. That applies to photobucket, your email, anything. Even if you don't get hacked, your phone can easily get lost/stolen. There is no doubt any number of ways that your files could be accessed, if not intercepted.

    The moral: Don't put pictures of your balls AND face (in the same frame) on Dropbox.

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: The classic line is:

      "Don't put pictures of your balls AND face (in the same frame) on Dropbox."

      At least half the population have no worries then!

      1. Ian Ferguson

        Re: The classic line is:

        Maybe, but they still should be careful not to put pictures of their face and somebody else's balls in the same frame on Dropbox.

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      3. Jonegerton
        Facepalm

        Re: The classic line is:

        "

        "Don't put pictures of your balls AND face (in the same frame) on Dropbox."

        At least half the population have no worries then!

        "

        Not necessarily - remember Tulisa?

  8. Andrew Ducker
    WTF?

    An OS feature?

    How, then, would I sync from my phone to my desktop, which run two completely different operating systems?

    Are they going to all work together to provide me with space out of the goodness of their hearts?

    1. Ian Ferguson
      Paris Hilton

      Re: An OS feature?

      Not sure what your question is there. Dropbox already syncs between my Windows PC and iOS iPad. The cloud space is platform independent; the client syncs to local space on the device.

      1. RegisterThis

        Re: An OS feature?

        Ian Ferguson. Yeah, I think there are 2 different issues here. (i) synching between devices across the 'cloud' and (ii) storing information in the cloud (for synching, sharing or whatever). I think the Reg author is right that (i) may become an OS feature, BUT (ii) is a cloud service where I think that there will always be a service provider app involved. (ii) can do (i), but (i) cannot do (ii) if that makes sense ....

  9. Mike Bell
    Gimp

    Not good enough on its own by a long chalk

    [self-confessed fanboi alert]

    I've never had a problem with iCloud myself. It's a joy to tinker with a spreadsheet in the morning on my iPhone and update it in the evening on the iPad. Or if I'm out and about and add some contact info to the phone - bingo - there it is on the iPad when I get home. Emergency tooth repair requires a dentist appointment entry on the phone? Ta-Da, there it is on the iPad and my Outlook calendar as well. Take a snap with the phone at lunch-time: oh, there it is on my PC when I get back. Get a new Apple device? No problem, there's all my music on iCloud ready to be installed. No mucking about dragging and dropping stuff.

    For the situations where I want to move my own multi-gig content around, I Air Share to a local network to get the move done.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Joke

      Re: Not good enough on its own by a long chalk

      It's a joy to tinker with a spreadsheet in the morning on my iPhone

      An utter joy, assuming the spreadsheet is no more than 2x2 cells.

      1. Mike Bell
        Boffin

        Re: Not good enough on its own by a long chalk

        "An utter joy, assuming the spreadsheet is no more than 2x2 cells."

        Indeed. The kind of nitwit who can't be bothered to design a form for data entry is likely to have a joyless existence.

    2. tommy060289
      Stop

      Re: Not good enough on its own by a long chalk

      im also a big apple fan but until Mountain Lion I have very little use for icloud.

      its so busy with iOS that they forgot about OS X! in short its pants.

      with iCloud the calender seems to sync wrong and the feature I use dropbox for, which is a numbers spreadsheet where I keep track of how much money I have left each month is pointless on iOS because if I edit it on a computer, I then need to manually upload it to icloud after! how stupid! why was it not integrated in Apples ilife suite in the same way it was integrated to iOS ilife suite. i.e it integrates automatically.

      What use have I found for iCloud. Well the book marks sync is good (when it randomly decides to update my others devices) I genuinely can not find a reason why sometimes its updated and other times it hasn't

      1. Chris Mellor 1

        Re: Not good enough on its own by a long chalk

        Oh Tommy,

        Your thoughts on iCloud echo mine - i-What-A-Mess:-(

        Chris

  10. Richard Fletcher

    Left Dropbox last week

    I stopped using dropbox last week, for syncing files between my machines. Though I'll still use it for sharing files there was one thing that I experienced last year that happened again this week.

    I needed to add a new computer, and it was downloading the 1.5GB in my dropbox at 7kbytes per second. Meaning it's two days to get back up and running like normal. I know I could get specific files from the web interface while waiting, but it's just not good enough.

    1. Bryan B

      Re: Left Dropbox last week

      I'd use Dropbox's Selective Sync feature to prioritise the folders I really need now on the new machine, then sync the rest later.

      I think Dropbox is great, especially the way it actually syncs to a local folder on a Mac or PC - and not just under Windows, too. Encryption is an issue though, and while I could encrypt the folders on my Ubuntu systems before syncing them, that would presumably prevent my reading my files on my phone or on in the browser on a borrowed PC, say.

  11. Ian Ferguson
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    Good enough for private, not sure about business, but it's inevitable

    Dropbox is good enough for me. It syncs files between my work PC, home Mac, work iPad, home iPhone, girlfriend's Windows laptop, etc. Does so very efficiently, quickly and without any fuss. In fact I prefer the experience on the iPad way more than using any of Apple's own file syncing features. I can't figure out exactly what iCloud is meant to do either.

    A lot of our staff use it for work. I've given it a dubious OK, as long as they don't use their accounts for ANY customer data; make sure their accounts are registered with work email addresses, not home; and make sure the computers they access them comply with our security specifications.

    I know Dropbox may be far from perfect but I prefer it to the alternatives:

    - USB keys, which have a common habit of walking off

    - Emailing documents to their private accounts

    - Printing absolutely everything off

    - Me being ultra paranoid and banning access to any data outside the network, which will just make it harder for people to do their jobs

    1. Aqua Marina
      Happy

      Wait 6 months,,,,,

      ......

      And then do a surprise audit. I guarantee that you will find that their accounts will be used for customer data, services will be registered to home email addresses, any old computer will have been used, including little Johnnys laptop while he was asleep. I also guarantee that multiple USB keys full of data will exist, emails will have been sent to personal accounts, and several briefcases and folders will be full of printouts of everything.

      If there's one thing I've learned in the last 20 years, it's that most users can't be educated, only physically restricted from doing something they shouldn't :)

      1. Chris Mellor 1

        Re: Wait 6 months,,,,,

        The voice of hard-won experience I think. Makes my original views look sloppy and unrealistic. It's hard to argue with it.

  12. Avatar of They
    Thumb Up

    Drop box does what it says on the tin

    It just works. I have used it on Ubuntu, Android ICS (tablet and phone), Windows XP and Windows 7 machines all just working together in effortless sharing. That kind of cooperation will never enter the heads of MS or Apple, why would they even dare talk to eachother and THEN talk to Linux. Unless people pay for it.

    I don't use it for company secrets, it is simply stuff I don't want to lose or can't be bothered copying via usb stick to the various machines I use in my house or with family and friends.

  13. Craig McGill 1
    WTF?

    Great idea but...

    I was a 100% fan until I edited a document on my iPad and then discovered that it doesn't automatically sync up with the version in DropBox - it's locally saved only, which makes it a bit of a pain when working on stuff out of the office...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Great idea but...

      Yes, there's no question that DropBox has some significant syncing issues. But if you take your time with it and check carefully before moving on, you can usually catch them before they explode on you.

      On the security side, it's definitely the case that you don't want to be putting anything genuinely valuable in there. But I'm not sure I've found anywhere to put anything genuinely valuable that I actually trust yet. Everything's either hackable or eminently failable.

  14. JC_
    Thumb Up

    SkyDrive

    Yes, it's from MS, but it works well in my experience. 25GB of online storage for free and it only requires a hotmail account.

    1. TeeCee Gold badge
      FAIL

      Re: SkyDrive

      ....and it lacks an XP client so you're stuck with the browser interface and manual up/downloading.

      EPIC FAIL.

      1. B4PJS
        Happy

        Re: SkyDrive

        You can actually just map a network drive to skydrive...

        Anyway, I use live mesh to sync my documents between my computers, any files that dont fit in the 5GB cap for the cloud can sync directly to each other (just remember not to put DB backups in your synced directory, can consume lots of bandwith :-p)

        I think MS are merging Mesh and Skydrive, which will be awesome :)

  15. Tom Richardson

    SpiderOak is better.

  16. regorama

    Wuala is the future, but..

    Wuala wins on encryption alone. But it fails on their Android app (at least until they support syncing from Android to Wuala).

  17. frank ly

    Belt and Braces

    I dragged my Dropbox folder into my Sugarsync folder so now I get my files stored in two clouds. So if Dropbox goes dead then I can still access files from Sugarsync on a different device, and vice versa. There is the consequence that I have twice the data traffic on data synching... meh. (I wonder if they use different cloud storage service providers?)

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    On your recomendation

    I just tried to register for skydrive. It says:

    'There's a temporary problem with the service. Please try again. If you continue to get this message, try again later.'

  19. Pete 2 Silver badge

    Am I right or am I wrong?

    > it [iCloud] screws up calendar sync and iTunes music and film sync and that kills it stone dead for me.

    > Dropbox doesn't do calendars or iTunes music/film sync but I don't care about that

    It seems you care enough to dismiss iCloud for screwing them up. it's inconsistent to damn one service for messing up a feature, then saying later that it's not a feature you use or care about.

    So to answer your question: you're wrong.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Am I right or am I wrong?

      Unless he means that he has no need for his synchronisation software to perform those tasks, yet Icloud tries to and messes things up for him. I'm not sure if that is what was meant, but it's a possibility.

    2. Chris Mellor 1

      Re: Am I right or am I wrong?

      Pete 2,

      NIce bit of pedantry there - admirable clarification of my clumsy thinking. Great stuff!

      Cheers,

      Chris.

  20. What? Me worry?

    Re: Dropbox

    I used Dropbox privately. About a year ago I migrated to Sugarsync. Functionally they're both about the same but: While Dropbox has support for N900/Meamo, Sugarsync has a neat Outlook plugin which takes over for file attachments. I also prefer the Sugarsync interface, the Magic Briefcase and that I can chose to assign which directories/folders to sync.

    For work, when we reviewed the options for cloudbased storege/sync, none of the offerings such as Sugarsync or Dropbox meet requirements that were set. A stumbling block is where is the cloud located? Some countries - and their revenue/tax agencies - have an issue with that.

    Finally, for general files the new batch of sync/cloud storage services are ok. But for specific trades, such as AEC, there are other options that better suited for specific processes and tasks. Such as Autodesk Buzzsaw & Vault, Bentley Systems ProjectWise and Graphisoft's BIM Server (okay, so these are not all true cloud solutions. Does it count if it's over WAN? ;)

  21. Irongut

    That's good enough, surely?

    Not according to articles on a site called The Register, apparently it has some serious security issues and their employees can read all your files. That would stop me using it.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/16/dropbox_ftc_not_good_enough/

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/26/dropbox_moves_to_squash_open_source_dropship_project/

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/12/dropbox_security/

    1. Chris Mellor 1

      Re: That's good enough, surely?

      Irongut,

      !!!

      :-(

      Great comment,

      Chris.

  22. PyLETS
    Boffin

    OK for sharing, no good for secure backups

    Look at what happened to MegaUpload and users who depended upon that cloud service for backups. And the difference between that and Dropbox is that the US Justice Dept. haven't shut Dropbox down yet ?

    Maybe DB are squeaky clean from a copyright POV, in which case the other risk for any legal service which you don't pay for is it going bankrupt. Look what happened to GeoCities. Valued at billions when sold in financially frenzied times, switched off as worthless 10 years later.

    Prefer to keep my data on a virtual hosted server I pay for, where I get to choose the programs which run on that, whose hosting company is financially viable and where my and my users legitimate privacy rights aren't for sale to highest bidder.

    1. Andy The Hat Silver badge

      Re: PyLETS

      Interesting but demonstrating a level of rose-tinted-spectacleness I feel. MegaUpload was shut down as a result of alledged 'criminal activity' by some of its users when individual accounts could have been closed or investigated but they were not. The entire organisation was pulled and legitimate account holders are now fighting to get their data. Why shouldn't any virtual host provider be subject to the same incompetent, iron fist approach?

      1. PyLETS
        Boffin

        @Andy The Hat

        "Why shouldn't any virtual host provider be subject to the same incompetent, iron fist approach?"

        The difference, I guess is that cloud data storage services are managed and deduped by the hosting provider, whereas a virtual host is typically managed by the customer, with storage guaranteed to be provisioned and allocated exclusively per customer. There's also a problem with deduping in that the organisation which manages a very large collection of data for many users should know that the same large files are shared by and between multiple users, and could arguably be claimed to know what these files are.

        I fully agree with you about the "incompetent, iron fist approach" used to shutdown MegaUpload, but the fact this can happen makes any similar cloud storage service subject to another potential failure mode from the POV of an analyst or consultant looking at the reliability of a cloud data storage service for legitimate organisational data backup purposes.

      2. Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)

        Andy the Hat:

        " legitimate account holders are now fighting to get their data "

        Too bad. It is conceivable some legitimate users were hurt. Just about. The clues that this was a huge, honking criminal enterprise was not hard to spot. Even for a freetard. Megaupload warned people not to use it for backups.

        "Why shouldn't any virtual host provider be subject to the same incompetent, iron fist approach?"

        One you don't need me (or anyone else) to answer.

    2. Andrew Orlowski (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: OK for sharing, no good for secure backups

      "And the difference between that and Dropbox is that the US Justice Dept. haven't shut Dropbox down yet ?"

      It must be Talk Like An Idiot Day.

      Megaupload deleted files which weren't accessed, and told uploaders *not* to rely on the service as a backup. Dropbox doesn't.

      Megaupload was a criminal enterprise designed and used for copyright infringement. Dropbox isn't.

      If you're finding any of this difficult to understand: just stay clear of the fat kid with the STONED, GUILTY and HACKER number plates.

  23. John Whitehead

    Maybe everyone knew this already but...

    Dropbox acts as a perfectly competent web server as well. I successfully moved my stuff from Apple's (nearly dead) MobileMe (and can even continue to use iWeb if I want to). All you have to do is copy your site to the Public folder and then retrieve the url for an outsider to use. I doubt if it would do for high volume applications, but for personal stuff it appears to work fine.

  24. masterofobvious

    I don't mind so much if the Dropbox service is unavailable for a day

    There are copies of every file on my 2 laptops, my NAS and Android phone anyway. All you really use is the automatic sync which just an inconvenience really.

    I'm sure other users have more requirements than me, but I'm happy.

  25. bjr

    I run it in a VM

    It does a great job of syncing files between by desktop systems and my Galaxy Nexus, that's all I need it for. GMAIL provides me with contact and calender syncing, Dropbox provides a trivial way to move files to and from the phone. I don't put anything in the Dropbox that I consider sensitive, I think it's a bad idea to trust a third party with sensitive data. I also don't know if I can trust the Dropbox client however I get around that by running Dropbox in a Scientific Linux 6.2 VM. I setup a basic SL6.2 VM and installed Dropbox (it's in the repositories for RHEL/SL6/CentOS6). I exported a Dropbox directory from one of my servers using NFS and mounted it in the VM. The VM has no access to the file systems on any of my systems, only to the NFS mounted directory, therefore even if Dropbox is compromised in someway there is no way for the Dropbox client to access anything important.

  26. peter_dtm
    Go

    try it inside Ubuntu1

    I now have my Dropbox folder inside Ubuntu1

    and my Portable edition tool inside dropbox (using PE synch tool to keep the PE folder synched from the work (NO DB or U1 allowed) laptop to the work Engineering station (DB installed...)

    Ubuntu1 seems to be faster getting large files synched - and of course; has lots more free capacity then DB

  27. Loki23
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    Dropbox and encryption

    As mentioned by many others - don't put things on there that could destroy your life (in the same way that it's rather silly to send emails about secret things too - SMTP can be easily intercepted and often goes through ISP proxies (especially from mobile connections) but no one complains about that) - however it works very well between my multiple work PC's and Ubuntu boxes. I was interested in Ubuntu1 (mainly since it has double the space) although I have read other peoples comments that it sometimes syncs in an irregular fashion with not syncing some files for a day or two. Haven't seen that yet though.

    I was interested in encryption - and the best/easiest way seems to be to use ENCFS and create a folder inside your dropbox/ubuntu1/whatever. It's a bit of a pain to get going multi-platform though - the Windows "Boxcryptor" client needs to be the one to create it - and then the unix command line version can open it. It works by encrypting each individual file so you still get the benefit of only having to sync a file at a time rather than a whole Truecrypt container. So it's obviously not as secure but at least it's something. The convenience is worth it.

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Dropbox is good enough that I've never bothered to look at SpiderOak. Probably should but... meh.

  29. clanger9

    Anybody tried TeamDrive?

    We're looking at it now as a DropBox replacement for corporate use.

    http://www.teamdrive.com/

    Initial thought are that it's very rough around the edges, but seems to have a nice approach to security (encrypted storage, you get the encryption key not them).

    Not sure if it's ready for prime time yet, though.

  30. SYNTAX__ERROR
    Go

    It's been said before and I'll say it again

    Number one thing to remember for Dropbox:

    T R U E C R Y P T

    T R U E C R Y P T

    T R U E C R Y P T

  31. Banyan
    Thumb Down

    Dropbox for Teams is BETA at best

    Have been using Dropbox for teams at a cost of nearly $2000 for my 12 users for over 6 months now and terribly disappointed in how it works across multiple machines and users particularly on a LAN ( LAN sync is hopeless and slow) and results inassive duplication of whole folder trees and files

    I get Files. AND Files (2). All the time. Not smart at all and for the money well just ridiculous not to say the wasted support I house support time and bandwidth used

    Their Votebox user forum says they are taking the best and most requested functions and implementing them, progress on this appears glacial, and minor

    What's going on with that. Supposed to be an cutting age cloud product and so it might be for one machine and a smartphone but dare to try the expensive Teams product and you will feel slapped around and ignored

    As a google apps user I can say Dropbox has been sitting on its hands with little innovation for teams and enterprise (SMb) and I WILL be leaving them.

    For the record I also tried several other services and DB was better IMHO. It where is the innovation and Lesley they haven't done much real world testing in the teams product it should be clearly marked BETA !

  32. Chris Mellor 1

    Google Drive

    So now we have Google Drive and a starting 5GB. PLus there is SkyDrive from Microsoft. It's game on and, if I were Google or Microsoft, I'd buy Dropbox and takeover their base. If I were Dropbox I'd up the free offer to 5GB and make the service's interface as slick as possible and its performance as fast as possible. I don't want it integrated with Google Docs or MS office other than as a file/folder device like any other file/folder device.

    Is Google so late to the party though, that G-Drive doesn't matter? Does it need to offer significantly more free capacity than Dropbox to get Dropbox users to switch? Say 10GB?

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