Dropbox was one of the first of the major cloud file storage and sharing services that still exist today. But since its inception, there has been increasing competition from other companies. One way that these companies have competed is on their features for creation and collaboration. Microsoft offers Office, and Google offers Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Another area of competition has been with pricing and storage. All these services offer their user a certain amount of free storage, with options to pay a monthly or annual fee to upgrade to a larger amount. For quite some time now there has been a disparity between the price per gigabyte of storage on Dropbox and the price on Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. Microsoft offers 1TB (defined as 1024GB) of storage plus a Microsoft Office subscription for a fee of $6.99 per month for a single user, or $9.99 per month for a family of up to five people to share plus 5 Microsoft Office installs. Google Drive also offers 1TB (defined as 1000GB) for $9.99 per month. Until today Dropbox Pro offered only 100GB to subscribers paying $9.99 per month, but with this update Dropbox is bringing their pricing in line with the competition and giving Dropbox Pro users 1TB (defined as 1000GB) of storage. This 1TB tier is now the only plan for Dropbox Pro, and I personally think some users would have appreciated a less expensive plan that maintained the old 100GB of space.

The enhancements to Dropbox Pro also include new features on top of the greatly increased storage. Dropbox Pro users now have access to new sharing controls like passwords on shared links, shared links that expire after a certain amount of time, and view-only permissions on shared folders. A new remote wipe feature has also been created to be used in the event that a device is lost or stolen.

It looks like competition in the cloud storage space is really paying off for users. With Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive all adopting essentially the same pricing it's now up to Apple to deliver their new iCloud pricing and replace their current price of $100 per year for a measly 50GB of storage.

Source: Dropbox Blog

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  • darwinosx - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    Dropbox has a war criminal, Condoleeza Rice, on their board and has been known to eagerly cooperate with the NSA.
    This should be mentioned in every article about Dropbox anywhere.
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  • hammer256 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    Don't expect any level of privacy for your data in the cloud, if you need to store important data, then secure the data with good encryption. Or don't store that stuff in the cloud. Doesn't matter what cloud service you choose. Reply
  • Nuno Simões - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    Please don't turn this comment section into YouTube. Reply
  • Artuk - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    Drop box has the best record of defending user's privacy and providing transparency.

    https://www.eff.org/who-has-your-back-2014

    But hey, don't let facts get in the way of your rant.
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  • Samus - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    I honestly don't know why anybody would use Dropbox over Onedrive... Reply
  • andrebrait - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    Linux compatibility, better algorithm to deal with mutiple copies of the same data, which many users end up doing, streaming sync, actually works pretty well? Hmm... I can't see any reasons... oh, yeah, and integration with many, many websites, etc. Reply
  • krutou - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Dropbox via browser leaves much to be desired though. Dropbox sharing costs storage for the recipient.

    Plus, MS Office.
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  • Impulses - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Doesn't Onedrive have the smallest file size limit of the big three too? I think I read it's 2GB, whereas it's something like 5 & 15GB for Dropbox & Drive.

    Probably not a big deal for free accounts but if I'm paying for a TB you better believe I'll wanna be able to dump some big video files on there.

    Personally I use all three since I have 22-25GB for free on each (grandfathered on One from the Mesh days, referral bonuses on Dropbox, and Quickoffice promo on Drive).

    Dropbox's my most used because they have sync down pat, just works more reliably under certain scenarios. Drive's nice for photos tho... Using Onedrive for backups myself.
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  • Notmyusualid - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    Dam, beat me to it.

    I also wanted to comment on Dropbox as handing over your data too....

    I actually read the small print, and closed my account.
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  • Marthisdil - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - link

    And if you think that other people at the other providers don't, or haven't, provided info...you're an idiot Reply

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