Dropbox’s new features are built to support distributed work

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Dropbox announced new features on Tuesday meant to facilitate distributed workforces. It is adding other features to help individuals organize and secure personal content, including photos and passwords.

Beginning March 2020, when the pandemic forced people to work from home, the cloud-based file-sharing company has been reworking its roadmap to facilitate remote working.

Drew Houston, the CEO, said last year that the shift to distributed work is a ‘transformative opportunity,’ which he likened to the shift to mobile, or the cloud. He asserted that Dropbox was in the first inning of that transformation.

Simplifying distributed workflows

In June last year, Dropbox rolled out a series of new features that included Dropbox Password and Dropbox Vault. These newly-announced features build on those announcements the company made.

To simplify workflows for remote workforces, Dropbox is bringing:

  • Suggested Folders: Open, add, and share the right content with the right people
  • File conversion inside Dropbox
  • A new navigation experience on the web to find content faster with updates to the side navigation experience
  • A redesigned details pane
  • A simplified system tray experience for quick content access and a simplified syncing experience. 

Enhanced security

To help users keep their content secure, Dropbox is bringing the following features:

  • Camera uploads are now possible with automatic backing up of videos and phones from your device to Dropbox, so they’re accessible from any device.
  • A password browser extension that captures and populates login and passwords as users switch from device to device.
  • Password sharing will allow users to see who can access what account through secure password sharing and payments.

Included in the security enhancements is support for credit and debit cards in Dropbox Passwords, to manage payments from the web browser and mobile device.