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Dropbox team folders gives Silicon Labs the confidence to move files to the cloud

By Scott Carey | Aug. 4, 2016
New granular admin features have given the semiconductor maker the confidence to move documents to the cloud with Dropbox

Other changes include more granular file event logging, down to individual edits, additions and deletions, which can be filtered into an admin log. Now admins can manage membership down to sub-folder level to ensure that people inside and outside the company can only access specific folders.

Device management has also changed so that IT can limit the number of linked devices an employee can have for work documents. This capability is built to complement, not compete with, existing enterprise mobility management (EMM) offerings.

And new sync management lets admins control which content automatically syncs to save hard drive space.

Project Infinite

However, where team folders do "IT 101 for us" the killer Dropbox feature Silicon Labs is looking at is Project Infinity, announced in April this year.

This feature promises a means for accessing all of your files, whether stored locally or in the Dropbox cloud, from Windows File Explorer (Windows 7 backwards compatible) or Mac OS X Finder without the lag of a network drive.

In practice this means files saved locally will display with the familiar green tick and files stored in Dropbox will appear alongside but with a grey cloud symbol. Your computer will simply download these files when you need to access them.

"Infinite is huge, with the ability to traverse the metadata about files and folders without having all of that replicated to your local hard drive," Plante says. "It is incredible the time people are clicking through structures and searching for the file they want and they aren't really accessing files. So to make that experience quick is huge."

AdminX features are currently available on a permission-only basis and will be rolled out gradually throughout the year.


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