Services for sending Big files

Updated: July 12, 2019

2019. Dropbox unveiled feature to send big files



Dropbox unveiled a new feature called Dropbox Transfer that allows to send large files. The maximum file size is 100 Gigabytes; files may come from the local system or may be picked directly from a user's Dropbox to speed up the sharing even further. Dropbox does not reveal if the file size will count against a user's quota on the size. Recipients download copies of the files so that originals remain untouched. Dropbox account is required to create a new file share. Dropbox notes that users who download the files don't need an account though. The new service is currently available to select customers only but will become available to all Dropbox users in the near future.


2019. Mozilla launches free self-destructing file-sharing service



Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox web browser has launched its new encrypted self-destructing file-sharing platform, Firefox Send. It allows users to send up to 1GB of files for free. Users can have their file size capacity bumped up to 2.5GB if they signup for a free Firefox account. Once a file is uploaded, users can choose to have the download link expire in as little as 5 minutes or after one download. Firefox Send currently allows links to remain for as long as 7 days or 100 downloads. Currently, the service forces users to pick both a timeframe and a download limit and the file link will expire after whichever comes first.


2018. Dropbox released new add-on for Gmail



Dropbox announced a new add-on to manage Gmail attachments in Dropbox. It displays the attachments in a side panel after which you can save them if you so choose directly into your Dropbox, and the experience is the same in the mobile app or on the web. Being able to access Dropbox without leaving Gmail or other G Suite tool could potentially save users time and effort spent copying and pasting and switching programs. It's a somewhat surprising partnership, as Google and Dropbox compete on the cloud storage front: Google Drive storage has many of the same features as Dropbox.


2018. Dropbox adds native G Suite integration



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.


2017. Google launches Drive File Stream to replace the Google Drive desktop app for G Suite users



Google launched a new desktop application for Google Drive users, called Drive File Stream, which is now available to G Suite customers. The app will serve as a replacement for the Google Drive desktop app that will be shut down next year. A key difference between the consumer application and the enterprise version is the option for administrative control. Company I.T. departments starting today will see the settings for Drive File Stream appear in the Admin Console for their version of G Suite, says Google. This will allow them to configure and distribute the solution for their domain, including turning sync on, specifying how the software is installed, disabling Google Update if the company prefers manual updates, and managing other settings.


2017. Zoho Mail integrates with Zoho Docs to send big files



Attaching files is really handy, but can be frustrating when you want to send them over in an email quickly. That’s why Zoho Docs and Zoho Mail are coming together to bring you a clean interface for easily attaching large files. When you save your files in Zoho Docs, you’ll be able to add videos, images, audio, or any other file type to messages sent from Zoho Mail and attach files that are up to 2400% larger than the previous limit. All you have to do is convert them to a link—an option available right inside the mail interface. 


2015. File transfer service WeTransfer gets $25M



WeTransfer, the Dutch cloud-based service that lets users send files to each other that are too large to send as email attachments, has raised $25 million. WeTransfer competes with the likes of Dropbox, Box, Hightail, BitTorrent Sync and other file-sharing services that offer individuals and businesses a platform to share and transfer large documents, media files and other content that are too big to send by email. It positions itself a bit differently, though: more like their arty, laid-back Dutch cousin than a direct competitor, with a random selection of colorful wallpapers featuring monsters and other pictures in the background of an otherwise very simple user interface. No banner advertising and no requirement to register with the service to use it. “Transfer with style. Your style,” one homepage ad for the company itself reads.


2014. Microsoft OneDrive gives 15 Gb for free



Microsoft increased the free limit of cloud storage in OneDrive to 15 Gb (previously was 7Gb). If you want more storage capacity, you can now pay $1.99 monthly for 100 gigabytes. The company will also now offer free 1Tb to all Office 365 customers. For example, Office 365 Personal costs $6.99 monthly and now it comes with almost unlimited storage. If compare this to competitors: Google Drive provides 25 Gb free and offers almost similar pricing, charging $1.99 a month for 100GB and $9.99 for 1TB. Apple grants 5GB free, charging $0.99 a month for 20GB. There is no 100GB option, but at 200GB, the rate is the same as OneDrive's, at $3.99. Amazon Cloud Drive gives 5 GB Free and offers 100 Gb for $4.1 per month. So OneDrive's price cut is not a big problem for giants, but further puts the pressure on third-party services such as Dropbox and Box.