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Dropbox Enterprise vs Box: Dropbox's cloud storage pushes into the enterprise

Scott Carey | June 24, 2016
Can the easy to use file sharing platform take on its corporate rival Box, and win?

Dropbox Enterprise is a fairly minor update to the Dropbox Business product, but the company looked to align itself better with cloud storage rival Box by introducing improved support for corporate customers last month.

This includes new domain management tools, granular collaboration insights, unlimited and custom integrations, and deployment support, as well as setting up a team of 'customer success' managers. 

Box is the more established product when it comes to file sharing and collaboration within large organisations. The company has always been business focused in both its product features and customer relations, Dropbox is essentially playing catch up after dominating the consumer market.

So, with both vendors targeting the lucrative enterprise market, which storage option is the best choice for your business?

Dropbox Enterprise vs Box: The products

Dropbox's entry into the enterprise space puts it into direct rivalry with Box. Both offer unlimited file storage, secure access to files across devices and collaboration tools as standard.

Tech giants Google and Microsoft offer similar products of their own, but with certain drawbacks. The advantage of products like Google Drive and Microsoft OneNote is that employees are working with these systems and apps already, so they can stay in the same environment.

The drawback is that these apps can be unresponsive when it comes to storing and collaborating on non-native file types, so video files or text documents that aren't Google or Microsoft documents can be tricky to work with.

Dropbox introduced Microsoft Office integration back in November 2014 and Box followed suit by partnering with a newly open Microsoft in June 2015. As members of Microsoft's cloud storage partner programme, both Box and Dropbox announced a new string of integrations in January 2016.

Users of both services can now co-author Microsoft documents and have changes saved back to Box/Dropbox in real time. A new iOS integration means documents can be created, edited and saved back to Box or Dropbox via the popular Microsoft apps for iOS. Finally, customers can attach content saved to Box or Dropbox into emails in Outlook, instead of having to tediously save items to your desktop beforehand.

Dropbox Basic, Pro and Business users with a paid Microsoft Office 365 license can use these integrations immediately. The same applies for Box personal and business users.

Box was the first of the two companies to launch a Windows 10 app (compatible back to Windows 8), allowing customers to integrate their box files with the Windows file picker. This means users can work on a Microsoft Office Word, Excel or Powerpoint file and have those changes saved back to box without leaving the Windows 10 environment, whether on mobile, tablet or desktop.

 

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