Dropbox vs Sugarsync
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.
SugarSync makes it easy to backup, share and access your files, anytime, anywhere. With SugarSync you get online cloud storage for all your files — documents, music, photos, and video. When you make a change or add files on any of your PC or Mac computers, SugarSync automatically syncs your files to the cloud, where you can access them from any Internet-connected device — including your smartphone or iPad.
Latest news about Dropbox and Sugarsync:
22.06.16. Dropbox launched a new way to scan documents with your phone. Dropbox released a slew of new enterprise features. The most interesting new feature is a tool in its mobile application that allows business users to scan documents and upload them directly into Dropbox. The idea is that there is still a lot of activity and business development that happens in the real world, and Dropbox hopes to seamlessly extend that into its services. Here’s one of the more unique aspects: the company uses optical character recognition (or OCR, for short) to recognize text on the document that it’s scanning. That makes content within those documents — if it works — actually searchable inside the app. Given that Dropbox’s strength has generally been its core technology, and its quick synchronization tools, the company is clearly leaning on that in order to build a differentiated product.
03.05.16. Dropbox will allow users to access cloud-only folders from Windows and Mac. Dropbox announced Project Infinite that is going to make managing your local computer storage and cloud storage quite a bit easier. The idea is to allow you to access your files on Dropbox right in Finder or Explorer instead of needing to navigate Dropbox's online interface. In other words, the files look like they're in your computer but actually aren't, allowing you to easily find and manage Dropbox-only files. There is no information about when this update will be coming to Dropbox or whether it will only be available to paid pro users or business users.
25.11.15. Dropbox allows to edit PDF files on the go. Dropbox users are now able to edit, annotate or comment their PDF files stored in Dropbox, or even electronically sign a PDF using the Acrobat Reader app, while using iOS applications. Support for Android is set to arrive in the near future. This improved support for working with the popular file format comes on the heels of Dropbox’s partnership with Adobe, announced last month, which included Dropbox’s integration into Adobe’s Document Cloud, among other things. Before today, Adobe and Dropbox had already rolled out support for working with PDFs from the Adobe app on the desktop. That is, in addition to opening and viewing files, any edits you made to your files would automatically be saved to your Dropbox when complete.
22.09.15. Dropbox to offer collaboration features to free users. Dropbox 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. 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.
23.07.15. Dropbox acquired enterprise communication service Clementine. Dropbox has acquired Clementine, an enterprise communication service. Clementine focuses on internal communication, such as conference calls and chat services that aren’t connected to a personal phone number. It’s an important area for the workplace, given that more and more people are connecting their work software to personal devices. Dropbox is now beefing up its enterprise services to launch a suite of products that help businesses collaborate on files like documents. Recently it launched a tool that lets Dropbox users request files from people who aren’t using Dropbox. Clementine’s services will be shutting down as part of the acquisition, according to the company.
23.01.15. Dropbox for Windows Phone is now available. Right after Microsoft previewed Windows 10 for computers, tablets and phones, Dropbox launches an app for Windows Phone. The free app offers 2GB of Dropbox storage for new users and can automatically back up all of files on your device, just as it can for Apple iOS and Google Android. You can mark files or folders as favorites while offline and later view them when back online. You can share files or folders with a link, backup photos automatically right after snapping them, and favorite files for offline access. And if you have Dropbox accounts for both personal and business use, you can manage them separately within the app.
21.01.15. Dropbox buys mobile office app CloudOn. Dropbox acquired Israel-based mobile productivity startup CloudOn. CloudOn claims to have nine million registered users of its service, which allows users to edit, create and share files from Microsoft Office and others online. CloudOn has ceased allowing new user sign-ups today, and it confirmed that its products will shut for good on March 2015 as its 30-person team transitions to working for Dropbox. “We’re thrilled to continue building things that help people work better — and we’re proud and excited to join the Dropbox team to help people be more productive every day,” CloudOn’s executive team wrote.
05.11.14. Microsoft Office integrates with Dropbox. Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership that will see Dropbox better support Microsoft’s Office suite. The deal has four main parts: Quickly editing Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app; accessing Dropbox docs from Office apps; sharing Dropbox links of Office apps; and the creation of first-party Dropbox apps for Microsoft’s mobile offerings. No you can add your Dropbox account to Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint mobile apps, navigate folders and files on Dropbox to view and edit in the native Office apps. In return, Dropbox will encourage its users to turn to Microsoft Office applications to edit and create their documents in the first place. Microsoft has another alliance with Box to ease co-existence of Office 365 and Box cloud storage and file sync software.
28.08.14. Dropbox gives paid subscribers 1TB of cloud storage. At last Dropbox joins the cloud-storage Price War that's already almost over (Google Drive and Box already offer unlimited storage). From now Dropbox provides 1 terabyte of storage for $9.99 a month. Besides the new storage qoutes, the service added new features enabling users to add passwords for shared links and set expiration dates that will take shared files down after a certain amount of time. Users will also be able to set view-only permissions to shared folders to ensure that their files aren’t messed with by people they’re shared with. Another feature that is now available to Pro users is the ability to remotely wipe files from your Dropbox folder if your laptop happens to get lost or stolen. With new pricing and updates to its Pro offering, Dropbox is hoping to show that it can compete on price while also providing greater value to paying users through a number of new features they probably won’t find on other services.
11.04.14. Dropbox fulfilled all CIOs' wishes. Dropbox has been offering the business version of its file storage and sharing service for some time. But CIOs were still unsatisfied with its enterprise-grade features and didn't allow employees to use it. On the other hand enterprise employees want to use Dropbox. That's why CIOs gave a try to Dropbox-substitutes like Box, Syncplicity, OneDrive Pro. But what employees want, it seems, is not something that provides a Dropbox-like experience; they want Dropbox. (BTW, this is told by Ilya Fushman, the head of Dropbox for Business). So, he says, I took the bull by the horns, gathered all CIOs and asked them: "What else do you want from us?". And they said: "Listen, Ilya, we want from you just three things: First - to remotely wipe accounts so that if a mobile device is stolen or lost, data could be deleted. Second - account transfer so that if someone left the company, the company’s files weren’t taken or lost. And third - audit log sharing so that companies can track where company data is being accessed."
2013. Dropbox will get down to Business. Seriously.. Dropbox co-founder and CEO Drew Houston - is very modest person. He says: "We have been serving some business users for a while ... ". In fact, Dropbox already has 4 million business customers, including 97% of Fortune 500. But now Drew promises that Dropbox will make its service really business-ready. You can see the full list of business-features on the picture behind Drew. As you can see, they include remote wipe, new sharing control, new admin panel with logs. And the major innovation - is opportunity to merge personal and business accounts. You'll be able to see both as folders on the same screen in all versions of Dropbox, and work admins will be able to watch all your activity in the business folder. "I don’t want to have to carry two phones, and this is the same thing." - says Drew.Here's an example of what the new Dropbox will look like:
2013. Dropbox launches Business-version. As you probably know, Dropbox already has been offering version for business during two years. But it's name Dropbox for Teams was not solid enough. Any large corporation wouldn't buy a product with such a name. Therefore, they decided to rename it to more serious title - Dropbox for Business. Along with the new name they added the most requested feature (by large companies) - support for Active Directory. This will allow employees to login to the service without having to enter a separate username / password, and administrators will be able to better control employee activities to ensure the security of business data. In addition to Active Directory support, Dropbox added integration with the most popular SSO (Single Sign On) services - OneLogin, Okta, Ping Identity. These services are something like SaaS-version of Active Directory. They allow employees to login to multiple online services and local applications with a single username / password.
2013. Amazon wants to kill Dropbox. Two years ago, Amazon launched its online storage service Amazon Cloud Drive. It immediately drew attention thanks to its considerable free limits (5 GB on drive and 2GB - max file size) and built-in media player. But it didn't cause any revolution because it worked only in a browser and didn't allow to share files and sync files between computers. Now Amazon has removed these drawbacks. Amazon Cloud Drive has added agents for Windows and Mac, file sync between computers, sharing files with other users. And the service still offers 5 GB (2 GB file size) for free, and for 20 GB you need to pay just $10 per year. So the question is: what will happen to Dropbox?
2013. Dropbox becomes Email-provider. There was so much talk about that Email is dead. That it's an older technology that will be quickly replaced by social services. But people still use e-mail, and Google is not even closing GMail. And a couple of weeks ago a small iOS-app Mailbox appeared. It helps to quickly organize your inbox (not just in folders, but also in time). It's like a combination of email and organizer. Although Mailbox works only on top of GMail, since its launch millions of users lined up to get this app. And then Dropbox acquired it (for $100 million). The first thing that Dropbox is planning to do - integrate Mailbox with its cloud storage, so that when you attach file to a message it would be uploaded to Dropbox and a link inserted to the message. And in the near future, Dropbox, is probably going to launch this app for other mobile (and non-mobile) platforms and link it to more Email-service, or maybe launch the own e-mail service.
2013. Dropbox becomes more business-friendly. You've probably heard the term "Dropbox for Enterprise"? Most often this term refers not to the popular service Dropbox but rather to its competitors that are trying to create a similar service that meets enterprise security requirements. But Dropbox itself also wants play on the enterprise market. It provides Dropbox for Teams edition and is used by 2 million companies. However, in most cases, these are either small businesses (that have no admin) or companies in which admin is ignored. Because until now Dropbox for Teams didn't allow to take control of what happens inside the Dropbox for Teams. The new version of the service eliminates this problem.
2012. Box and Dropbox implemented two-step login verification. Online file storage and sharing service Box continues to prepare for competition with Salesforce. At this time Box developers decided to significantly improve the security features. The main new thing - is two-factor authentication. If you enable it in your account, you'll receive SMS-message with security code every time you log in (just like it works in GMail). Box also added new features for business account administrators, allowing them to monitor the new files that are uploaded and shared, and receive alerts about any suspicious activity (for example, if a user starts download a lot of files at once). Another Box competitor, Dropbox has implemented the two-factor authentication back in August. And today, they added a new feature to the admin panel in business version Dropbox for Teams, that allows admin to see who on their team has turned on two-step verification, and email those who haven’t, directly from the control panel.
2012. "Dropbox for Enterprise" will replace SharePoint?. In this case by "Dropbox for Enterprise" we don't mean the business version of Dropbox. The fact is that the expression "Dropbox for Enterprise" has become a new meme. The largest enterprise software vendors want to release a product under the label "Dropbox for Enterprise". That's how they say: "We want to create something like Dropbox for Enterprise" (watch the video). Recall, Dropbox - is the super-popular file syncing and sharing service, which has already attracted 50 million users thanks to its simplicity and multi-platform support. It's business usage is limited due to the strict corporate security standards. But employees still tend to use it bypassing IT admins, and that is why the enterprise vendors are standing in the line to become the Enterprise Dropbox provider.
2011. DropBox takes on Box.net with business version. The popular online file sharing service DropBox finally launches a version for business - DropBox for Teams. It differs from the regular DropBox by two things. First, it has an administrative panel to manage users and access rights. In the admin panel you can also pay for all business users. Second, when sharing files inside DropBox for Teams account, the free disk space is not decreased. (In the regular DropBox version if somebody shares for example 100 MB file to you, your disk space is reduced by 100 MB). However, DropBox wants business version users not to think about the free space at all. DropBox for Teams provides at least 1TB of free space. This is 2 times bigger than in the business version of the main competitor - Box.net
2009. SugarSync opens business accounts. Recently we wrote about to leading file collaboration services - DropBox and Box.net. Now it's time to add to this short list one more tool - SugarSync. During the last few months this service added some very important features: good version control system, free 2Gb subscription plan, iPhone and Android apps and the suitable file sending feature. And yesterday they unveiled business accounts that enable to administrate up to 100 user accounts - the feature that is much expected from DropBox. Besides the ability to create/delete user accounts, administrator can set storage limits for each user (and receive alerts when user is near limit) and easily scale the whole company storage volume. And of course, all payments are centralized.
2009. Online file collaboration: DropBox Vs Box.Net. DropBox and Box.net - are, probably, the most popular and successful online file sharing and collaboration services. And though they use two different approaches to the SaaS file storage, they both have alike strategy, supposing constant upgrades and new features development. During the recent months both services did a good job and it's interesting to compare their results.