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Dropbox hunts for country manager to build UK presence

Anh Nguyen | July 25, 2014
Dropbox has revealed that it has started a search for a UK country manager as part of its push into British businesses.

Dropbox has revealed that it has started a search for a UK country manager as part of its push into British businesses.

The US-based file-hosting service revealed its plans to expand in the UK as it unveiled new features for its Dropbox for Business product. Dropbox claimed that its business product is used by more than 80,000 paying customers worldwide today, which include Channel 4, Hail-O and Spotify.

The new country manager would set up a new office in addition to the company's existing office in Dublin. However, the location and size of this office has not yet been decided.

"We want to make the team size the country manager's decision," said Johann Butting, who oversees the Dropbox team in Europe.

"We will be targeting larger corporates with the new country office."

According to Dropbox, 57 percent of the UK's SMEs use Dropbox, with UK customers more active on Dropbox than their global counterparts. Creative firms are the second greatest users of Dropbox for Business in the UK, behind technology firms.

New features for business

Dropbox revealed that its business product, which it launched in April 2013, will have a range of new security features available today, including passwords for shared links, a function to put an expiry date on a shared link and view-only permissions for shared folders.

Also available today in production beta for developers are APIs for Dropbox's shared folder and improved Microsoft document preview features. This means that users will have the same sharing experience whether they're in Dropbox or a third-party app, and the second API will allow developers to embed document preview functionality in their apps so that users can view their Dropbox files without having to switch windows.

Features that will be 'coming soon' for business customers include full-text search, enabling users to search a word in any type of document in Dropbox, and Project Harmony, which allows users to see when another user has the same document open and they can communicate and collaborate with each other on the document.

The features will be available to business customers first "because they are probably our pickiest customers", said Illya Fushman (pictured), head of product for Dropbox for Business.

He added that the company has worked with customers to refine the new functions.

Dropbox for Business costs £11 per user/month for a minimum of five users, and features unlimited storage capacity.

The company said it has a total of 300 million end users worldwide, and that 300,000 apps have been built on the Dropbox platform.

 

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