Video: DropBox vs Google Drive
Last updated: May 24, 2018
Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. There are both free and paid services, each with varying options. In comparison to similar services, Dropbox offers a relatively large number of user clients across a variety of desktop and mobile operating systems. DropBox alternatives for enterprise are: Box, Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365.
Online file storage and syncing service working as a file system for other Google's services. Allows to sync files between all your computers and mobile devices or collaborate on files with your team and partners. Version control, OCR, powerful online viewer. Provides 5 GB free disk space. Google Drive free alternatives are: OneDrive, Box, Dropbox
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2018 - Dropbox adds native G Suite integration to replace Google Drive
Dropbox announced plans to partner with Google and to bring native G Suite integration to Dropbox storage. The fact is that more than 50 percent of Dropbox users have a G Suite account — which includes GMail along with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides. To this point, there hasn’t been a way to store these files in Dropbox. That has required a Google Drive account, but customer requirements can sometimes make for strange bedfellows and Dropbox and Google have been working together to bring this integration to fruition because it’s something both companies’ customers have been asking for. The integration will be completed by the end of the year. When it’s done users should be able store, open and start G Suite documents in Dropbox.
2012 - Google launched Google Drive to catch up with DropBox
After (just) six years after the first rumors appeared Google has launched the legendary file storage service Google Drive. And the first question is: why they created Google Drive as a separate service, when Google Docs is de-facto Google's online storage that can store any files? There is a couple of reasons. First, such file storage and sharing services (Dropbox and clones) is a very hot topic either in consumer or enterprise space. And the attention that Google can attract with the new app in this space is not a bad thing for the search giant. Second, Google Drive will serve as a file system not only for Google Docs, but also for other Google's services that operate files (GMail, Google +, Google Sites, Picasa ...).
Like Dropbox or SkyDrive, Google Drive creates a folder on your computer and syncs files between this folder, online account and other devices where the client app is installed. Currently Google Drive provides client apps for Windows, Mac, Android. In a couple of weeks apps for iPhone and iPad will appear. You can manually set the files and folders that should be synced.
There are some drawbacks in the service. For example, documents from Google Docs are not copied to the computer and can not be edited and viewed locally. The local folder displays only links to these documents on Google Docs and you can open them only in browser. But the good news is that in browser you can open about 30 types of documents, including even Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop files. And most important, the service can operate as a private (or enterprise) Youtube - you can upload and view any video files.
Google Drive allows you to share files and folders with your colleagues and partners. You can give them access to view, comment or edit docs and files. Other benefits of Google Drive are - the version control system, which stores all file version for 30 days, OCR, powerful search.
In addition, developers can build apps on top of Google Drive. Currently, several applications are already available, such as AutoCad WS (for opening AutoCAD files), Aviary (for image editing), Balsamiq Mockups (for drawing interfaces), DocuSign (for digital signature), etc. Currently, several applications are available, such as AutoCad WS to work with AutoCAD files, Aviary image editing, Balsamiq Mockups - drawing interface, DocuSign for EDS, etc.
Google Drive offers free 5 GB space to each user (compare with DropBox 2 GB, SkyDrive 7 GB). If necessary, you can buy more disk space: from $ 2.49/mes for 25 GB. Google Drive will be immediately available to Google Apps users.