Box vs DropBox


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Box
Box offers free cloud storage and file sharing services that enables you to securely share and access files online. Companies rely on Box because it's secure, works on any device and scales to meet the needs of small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Box free alternatives are: Google Drive, OneDrive.
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DropBox
Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. There are both free and paid services, each with varying options. In comparison to similar services, Dropbox offers a relatively large number of user clients across a variety of desktop and mobile operating systems. DropBox alternatives for enterprise are: Box, Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365.
Comparing Box vs DropBox is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that DropBox has better video than Box



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Box has more user-friendly interface than DropBox because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that DropBox is more popular than Box

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Dropbox Paper gets document previews (in 2017)
- Box introduced Box Elements - pre-packaged content services for developers (in 2017)
- Box introduced desktop app Box Drive (in 2017)
- Dropbox updated admin panel for Business users (in 2017)
- Dropbox launched collaboration app Paper globally in 21 languages (in 2017)
- Dropbox adds PDF signing, iMessage integrations (in 2016)
- Dropbox adds a new dashboard for IT admins (in 2016)
- Dropbox launched a new way to scan documents with your phone (in 2016)
- Dropbox will allow users to access cloud-only folders from Windows and Mac (in 2016)
- Box Zones will let you choose storage from IBM and AWS (in 2016)

Looks like DropBox was recently more active than Box (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Box and DropBox meet head to head:

2014 - Dropbox integrates with Microsoft Office. Beware Box


Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership that will see Dropbox better support Microsoft’s Office suite. The deal has four main parts: Quickly editing Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app; accessing Dropbox docs from Office apps; sharing Dropbox links of Office apps; and the creation of first-party Dropbox apps for Microsoft’s mobile offerings. No you can add your Dropbox account to Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint mobile apps, navigate folders and files on Dropbox to view and edit in the native Office apps. In return, Dropbox will encourage its users to turn to Microsoft Office applications to edit and create their documents in the first place. Microsoft has another alliance with Box to ease co-existence of Office 365 and Box cloud storage and file sync software.

2013 - Aaron Levie answered to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Information Technology. DropBox keeps calm


This question may sound in different manner, for example: "What's better, iPhone or Android?", or "What to choose, Amazon or OpenStack?", or "Who will win, Skype or SIP?". In other words, what's better: a finished product made by one vendor or open ecosystem, where you can select the best components from different vendors? Last week news helped Aaron Levy (Box.com CEO) to find the answer for this Ultimate question. Of course, finally, he came to the conclusion that is beneficial to him, but his ideas are anyway very interesting (original here).

So what happened last week? Oracle partnered with former enemy - Microsoft and now they offer the joint cloud solution. The next day Oracle reconciled with Salesforce and now the entire Salesforce platform will work on Oracle database. So the vendors, that for many years were building their own stacks and building walls around them (and slinging mud on each other), suddenly decided to make friends and integrate their solutions.


Aaron says this is a cyclical process. And the history repeats itself. First, one vendor invents and creates a brand new product. It wants to do everything itself and keep all the components under the control. Then the competitors arise and try to create something better, and when they fail - they learn how to play with each other and develop open standards.

And when (quote) "technology becomes good enough," open systems beat closed monopolies. Right now, Aaron says, when SaaS services have learned to create normal API-interfaces, the optimal solution - is to pick up the best apps from different vendors (quote): "HCM from Workday, CRM from Salesforce, ERP from Netsuite, Support from Zendesk, Social from Jive ".

And of course, cloud storage from Box. Especially now when Box rolled out the seamless integration with Salesforce CRM.

Aaron calls this combination of the best components - Cloud Stack and says that it's certainly better than any proprietary stack from Microsoft, Oracle or Salesforce.

2013 - Dropbox becomes more business-friendly to defeate Box


You've probably heard the term "Dropbox for Enterprise"? Most often this term refers not to the popular service Dropbox but rather to its competitors that are trying to create a similar service that meets enterprise security requirements. But Dropbox itself also wants play on the enterprise market. It provides Dropbox for Teams edition and is used by 2 million companies. However, in most cases, these are either small businesses (that have no admin) or companies in which admin is ignored. Because until now Dropbox for Teams didn't allow to take control of what happens inside the Dropbox for Teams. The new version of the service eliminates this problem.

Now admin can:
- See how much disk space each user is using
- See all user devices and unlink them
- See user's recent actions in the system
- Enable / disable sharing files and folders to external users
- Enable mandatory SMS-authorization
- Reset / update user passwords

In addition to this, Dropbox added some useful features for business users. First, it's more convenient PDF viewer in the mobile client. It lets you view PDF documents as a list of page thumbs and search in PDF's text. The second feature allows to receive push-notifications when someone shares folder with you.

Dropbox for Teams costs $795 per year for 5 users

2012 - Box and Dropbox implemented two-step login verification


Online file storage and sharing service Box continues to prepare for competition with Salesforce. At this time Box developers decided to significantly improve the security features. The main new thing - is two-factor authentication. If you enable it in your account, you'll receive SMS-message with security code every time you log in (just like it works in GMail). Box also added new features for business account administrators, allowing them to monitor the new files that are uploaded and shared, and receive alerts about any suspicious activity (for example, if a user starts download a lot of files at once). Another Box competitor, Dropbox has implemented the two-factor authentication back in August. And today, they added a new feature to the admin panel in business version Dropbox for Teams, that allows admin to see who on their team has turned on two-step verification, and email those who haven’t, directly from the control panel.

2011 - DropBox takes on Box.net with business version to keep up competition with Box

DropBox for Teams
The popular online file sharing service DropBox finally launches a version for business - DropBox for Teams. It differs from the regular DropBox by two things. First, it has an administrative panel to manage users and access rights. In the admin panel you can also pay for all business users. Second, when sharing files inside DropBox for Teams account, the free disk space is not decreased. (In the regular DropBox version if somebody shares for example 100 MB file to you, your disk space is reduced by 100 MB). However, DropBox wants business version users not to think about the free space at all. DropBox for Teams provides at least 1TB of free space. This is 2 times bigger than in the business version of the main competitor - Box.net

DropBox for Teams pricing starts at $795 per year for 5 users, i.e. approximately $13.25 per month per user. For comparison, Box.net costs $15 per user per month. However, the DropBox for Teams functionality still lags way behind Box.net. Box.net has a lot more in the way of features for collaboration, task management, file editing, integration with other business applications. And the security features are better in the Box.net.

2009 - Online file collaboration: DropBox Vs Box.Net

DropBox Box.net
DropBox and Box.net - are, probably, the most popular and successful online file sharing and collaboration services. And though they use two different approaches to the SaaS file storage, they both have alike strategy, supposing constant upgrades and new features development. During the recent months both services did a good job and it's interesting to compare their results.

Box.net
Box.net, unlike DropBox, more persistently targets business customers. This service has more advanced security features, access control and version control tools. The basic file types in business - are office documents, that's why Box.net allows to view and edit them online (using Zoho editors). Box.net provides API for developers and that makes possible to integrate it with other business applications. Recently Box.net developers added mainstream social tools - wiki, microblogging and profiles. According to the company info, Box.net has 50000 business-customers worldwide.

DropBox
DropBox, like most Google services, is closer to consumer market. (BTW it's interesting that Google owns domain dropbox.com). That's why they pay more attention to interface usability, easy-of-use and personal features, especially to file sync between multiple computers. Its main advantage over Box.net is the desktop client that allows to work with files offline. But the service lacks sufficient user and version control. During September DropBox totally redesigned the web interface, improved the upload speed and unveiled the iPhone app (mobile access is also a strength of Box.net). Recently the company owners announced that they reached 2 millions users. One of the reasons of such a rapid growth is the free 2Gb subscription plan that DropBox provides to all.