Dropbox, the popular file sharing service, has announced on Wednesday new admin features to Dropbox Business and Dropbox Enterprise. The new administrator features are aimed to allow for more control, easier access and simpler file transfer.
The new features are part of the AdminX initiative that aimed to reimagine the IT admin experience. Services like Dropbox Business had various admin tools that haven’t seen much use. Through their new initiative, Dropbox wanted to both develop new admin features and revamp the already existing ones to be more intuitive and have a simpler interface.
This decision also represents Dropbox’s attempt to attract more organizations as customers besides its current 500 million user base. The company previously announced that more than 200, 000 organizations are subscribed to services like Dropbox Business and Enterprise. Adding and revamping administrator features helps current users while becoming more appealing to businesses, who mainly use administrator features to manage their file-sharing needs.
One of the biggest change for users will be new features for managing team folders. Admins will be able to better manage users and the groups they belong to like the members of a department in a company.
One especially useful and simple new tool is the ability to sync certain files to a computer rather syncing the entire Dropbox account, even if contains files that aren’t needed by the user. The feature will reduce the amount of files transferred to local hard drives by selecting which teams have access to a certain folder.
One new feature that improves security and transparency is event logging included in the updated admin console. It makes it easy to see when, where, how, and by whom files have been modified. It helps admins keep track of sensitive documents.
Among the slew of new features, the Dropbox Admin Console has also received a new design that should facilitate the work of an admin with easier access to frequently used tools.
In the near future, Dropbox will also give admins control to select the amount and type of devices from which a company’s employees can access files. It can limit the capacity of a user to access files from only specific devices, mobile or desktop.
Do you or your workplace use Dropbox? What do you think about the new administrator features?
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