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Users previously paid $10/month for just 100GB of storage

The cloud storage pricing war kicked off earlier this year when Google started slashing prices on its Google Drive service. Microsoft responded in a big way by providing 15GB of storage for free via OneDrive, while also giving users who sign up for a $6.99/month Office 365 subscription access to 1TB of storage.
Dropbox, however, has largely sat silently on the sidelines preferring to let its more pervasive and robust cloud storage platform to stand on its own merits rather than delve into a pricing war.

That silence ends today, as Dropbox has announced that Dropbox Pro users will now get 1TB of storage space for $9.99 month. This is a dramatic increase in storage compared to what the same price got you just yesterday: 100GB. Users previously had to part with $500/year just to get 500GB of storage space.
Existing Dropbox Pro users don’t have to do anything to receive the upgrade storage limits — they will filter down to all users over the coming days.

In addition to 1TB of storage, new sharing controls are being offered with Dropbox Pro including passwords for shared links, view-only permissions for shared folders, the ability to set expiration dates for shared links, and a remote wipe feature to erase Dropbox files on a stolen device while keeping the “cloud” copy backed up for safe keeping.

Source: Dropbox

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Still blown away by Office 365
By tayb on 8/27/2014 11:48:00 AM , Rating: 5
You can pay $9.99 for 1TB of storage on Dropbox...

Or you can pay $9.99 for Office 365 which includes 1TB of storage, 5 installations of Microsoft office on PC/Mac, 5 installations on Windows tablets or iPads, and 60 Skype minutes per month.

No brainer. Dropbox would need to lower their pricing to $3/month before I consider them.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By burn0u7 on 8/27/14, Rating: -1
RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By Flunk on 8/27/2014 1:31:53 PM , Rating: 4
Yes, you can. Install the OneDrive app. It supports auto picture uploads and you can access your storage too.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By Samus on 8/27/2014 2:36:07 PM , Rating: 3
Additionally, Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App have "OneDrive Attachment" functionality that generates a link to a file in your public folder for the mail recipient (or any guests you deem the attachment access too.)

This is integrated into Outlook with no Dropbox plugin that crashes Outlook, doesn't work on 64-bit installations of Office 2010/2013, and for the most part is more clunky at generating attachment links than it should be.

I think this feature is what most people, at least initially, used DropBox for; working around email attachment limitations. I know there are a lot of services that try to do this now, and DropBox is trying to be a viable cloud storage service, but OneDrive's apps are better, and obvious its Windows\Office integration in particular are going to be better. I use OneDrive on my iPhone and it flawlessly uploads photo's as I take them. It works even better than iCloud.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By Varun on 8/27/2014 12:35:24 PM , Rating: 2
Only thing you missed is the $9.99 from Microsoft includes 1 TB of storage for EACH of the five people, so technically it's up to 5 TB of storage.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By chromal on 8/27/2014 12:58:33 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could buy a 1TB HDD every six months with what you save by buying into this whole cloud thing.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By chµck on 8/27/2014 1:11:49 PM , Rating: 2
Then you'll have to setup a NAS and/or pay for more bandwidth.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By Mitch101 on 8/27/2014 1:46:21 PM , Rating: 4
Then Comcast will ask you for more money because your streaming stuff from your computer and while you pay $80.00 a month for 70/5 they will throttle your connection to 56kbs until you pay up or Tony will break your legs.

Have a Comcastic Day.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By Flunk on 8/27/2014 1:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
You're paying for someone to manage it/backup it/bandwidth/accessibility. It's not just storage.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By chmilz on 8/27/2014 1:51:22 PM , Rating: 2
Cloud for accessing/streaming my content: Hate
Cloud for backing up offsite for cheap: Love

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By TheDoc9 on 8/27/14, Rating: 0
RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By Belegost on 8/27/2014 6:27:43 PM , Rating: 3
How long term are you talking? It's $140 to buy a single license of Office 2013 Home. Add an extra $50 for a 1TB external drive, to match the provided OneDrive backup storage. Do this for 5 machines and we're looking at $950.

That's nearly ten years of subscribing to Office365 with the 1TB/user of OneDrive space.

In that 10 years the subscription will have kept you up-to-date with the latest Office, and the OneDrive space is professionally managed for reliability.

Whereas the purchased Office 2013 will be superseded by 2-3 new versions (going by past release history) and it's highly likely the backup drives will have needed to be replaced as the hardware fails.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By Bill S. on 8/28/2014 7:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
Well, except for certain employees that work for a company that makes a deal with Microsoft to offer Office at $10/copy ($20, if you want it on disk).

Oh, that would be ME! And while I don't have 5 machines that I need/want to install Office on, I can install it on a desktop and laptop, with my one license. So adding two external 1TB hard drives will top me out at $110. Even if I have the compulsion to update Office when it comes out, it will still only cost me $10 more.

So while your example is correct for some/most people, it's not always the case.....and not everyone has that many machines they want to load Office onto.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By Spuke on 8/28/2014 4:59:43 PM , Rating: 2
and not everyone has that many machines they want to load Office onto
Isn't that part of his point? It's a far better deal than buying separate Office installs, buying hard drives then setting up and managing all that. And in a couple years, you'll have to do it again. Time is also money you know.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By gixser on 8/27/2014 11:26:39 PM , Rating: 2
For now, at least, its stupid simple to earn free Onedrive storage by using Bing. I know its probably heresy to suggest using Bing over Google but it was an easy transition for me and I really like it now.

100 gigs for 500 credits:

No need to pay for it.

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By gixser on 8/27/2014 11:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
At least for one year...

RE: Still blown away by Office 365
By chripuck on 8/28/2014 7:32:34 AM , Rating: 2
They stack, seriously.

I have 140 GBs free until, like, 2024.

By crispbp04 on 8/28/2014 12:26:27 PM , Rating: 2
lets see.. always up to date, free upgrades, always backed up, document versioning, accessible anywhere at any time....

Look at the big picture. $120 a year is way cheaper than the electricity it would require for me to have a server up and running 24/7 in NY. I pay about $.22 per kw/h, so a server using about 200W would cost me ~$385 a year.

The cost to recover one hard drive will pay for 15 years of office 365.

The cost of 5 copies of home office would cost me $500, and you get zero benefits and have to upgrade.

Get the picture, the value is monumental right now.

Or, you can just get dropbox at $120 a year for cloud storage... really show Micro$oft that you won't stand for their subscription model.

By synapse46 on 8/28/2014 8:31:59 AM , Rating: 2
The dropbox app is my favorite "cloud" app on my phone android, however I do not need a TB of storage.

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