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Enable External Sharing in the New Dropbox

Big news in cloud file storage this week: Dropbox is no longer a cloud file storage service. It’s now a “single workspace to organize your content, connect your tools, and bring everyone together” consisting of a desktop app, integrations with Slack, Zoom & Atlassian, and cross-silo search. It looks cool:

New Dropbox

This shift was not a surprise to industry observers. The new position is clearly the end of a years-long effort to become even more enterprise friendly. Some pundits indicated consumers might move on to other services, given the pricing. But adding best-of-breed collaboration is all about making it easy to get work done – efficiently and compliantly.

One thing you may discover, even with all the new capability – your IT department is still turning off external sharing features and guest access. Sharing a file on a Zoom meeting with outsiders may still be hilariously hard. This is because as enterprise capable as they are, most cloud services lack fine grained sharing options beyond “download” or “edit”.

e-Share - Box share options

It’s a very common discovery. Users actually lose capability as legacy point-to-point file sharing solutions are de-commissioned during the journey to cloud.

On the plus side you can add e-Share to the new Dropbox to enable secure external collaboration in just a few hours. Users can create a view-only virtual data room on-the-fly by sending an email:

e-Share - Email confidential design

e-Share has been a Dropbox partner for many years. We’re 100% integrated with their storage system and your cloud email (O365 or GSuite), and fully support SSO and auto-provisioning for your enterprise. Our Trusted Sharing links are hosted under your corporate subdomain (never e-Share’s), with your SSL certificate, so links and notifications will never be blocked.

e-Share - Smart URL

Schedule a demo on our website to see how easy it is to deploy and use along with all the new Dropbox capabilities!

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