Dropbox - The best alternative to Microsoft SP and Google Drive
Updated July 22, 2021

Dropbox - The best alternative to Microsoft SP and Google Drive

David S. Levine, CFRE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Dropbox

We use Dropbox as a temporary solution as we evaluate long-term file storage and sharing options. It is also being used as a secondary long-term file storage system while we are working from home and separated from the main file drive. Using Dropbox allows the team to collaborate on and share files without having to sign into a vpn or connect to a remote server, which can often be time consuming and slow due to internet speeds.
  • File storage - space considerations aside, it's easy to use and intuitive for this purpose
  • Collaboration - after adding this functionality a few years ago, Dropbox can now rival Microsoft Sharepoint or Google Docs for realtime collaboration between team members on documents and related files.
  • Ease of use - Dropbox is intuitive and mirrors other file storage systems in terms of folders, sub-folders, and navigation, meaning it is easy to find, store, and share whatever you need.
  • Multiple accounts: many of us have a personal account and a professional account. It could be easier to switch between them either in the Dropbox OS app or within the browser.
  • Security and permissions: I've found it difficult to manage permissions around hidden folders and security hierarchies. It's easy to share something to someone with the same permissions, but I've experienced instances where two people (myself included) have different names for the same folder but can't access each other's files, without explanation for why the permissions are different.
  • Positive impact on collaboration
  • Positive impact on efficiency
MS SharePoint is probably the most comparable to Dropbox, but requires the entire Microsoft ecosystem to function properly. Dropbox is independent and can integrate with google, Microsoft, and any other system I've used it with. Google has similar permission sets, but Dropbox is much better at countering duplication within and without the same folder.

Do you think Dropbox delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Dropbox's feature set?

Yes

Did Dropbox live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Dropbox go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Dropbox again?

Yes

FortiClient, Google Drive, Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)
Dropbox is great for collaborative work while in the office but especially while many of us are working from home. The system is easy to navigate and intuitive for anyone familiar with basic computer file systems. It is also useful for keeping separate versions of files (compared to Google, for instance, which allows you to have multiple files with the same name within the same folder for some unknown reason).

Dropbox Feature Ratings

Versioning
9
Video files
10
Audio files
10
Document collaboration
10
Access control
6
File search
7
Device sync
8
User and role management
9
File organization
10
Device management
9
Performance
10
Reliability
9
Storage Reports
8