Dropbox, I love you guys, but I do NOT want to use Dropbox for Business UNLESS you remove the minimum requirement to purchase 5 licenses (by way of an example: Google Apps for Work allows you to sign up with just one account).
But I can’t seem to get rid of all the bloody advertising that goes with Business edition as a result. It’s Dropbox Business edition 24/7 at the moment and it’s getting really irksome.
I use Dropbox Pro to sync my files (creative stuff, photos, and other important documents) between computers and devices.
It’s incredibly useful – and so much better than Google Drive for Google Apps for Work (which until fairly recently only fixed sync icons for OS X Yosemite). The Google Drive sync client is incredibly unpredictable as to what it’ll do. I tried to add new files and folders to it recently and the thing just would not sync. I keep trying to revisit Google Drive every few months, but it’s been several years since it first launched and to be honest, it’s still terrible.
So Dropbox wins every time.
But they are really pushing the Business Edition which requires that you pay for 5 accounts (whether you use all 5 at any one time does not matter). Practically every single Dropbox blog post concentrates on the Business product – every email newsletter, every Twitter post. It’s even mentioned on the Dropbox Pro (a paid-for product) web interface too.
It makes you wonder if Dropbox gives any sort of damn about the Pro product these days.
Now, I wouldn’t mind giving the Business edition a go. But I can’t afford to fork out for five users at once. Two – possibly. But I’d like to see Dropbox align themselves alongside Google Apps for Work to the extent that licensing matches (e.g. you can start off with just one user and add more at any time – with either flexible or annual commitment) and it integrates with the Gmail and even Google Drive interface.
But until that day (unlikely as it may be), I’d like to have some option of getting out of Dropbox for Business newsletters (I can’t opt out the email newsletters because they may – eventually – send out email about the Pro product that I’ll miss as a result), blog posts, Twitter posts. I don’t want that product rammed down my throat when I’m paying for, and am happy with, the Pro version.
I’m much more likely to recommend and use the Business product if there wasn’t as much glorified marketing PLUS making it cheaper for more people and organisations to adopt it.
Dropbox Pro. Lovely product, pity about the marketing.