Dropbox launches a slew of new features for its enterprise customers

Dropbox on Wednesday unveiled several new features to its Dropbox for Business plan, including new security and control measures for document sharing and full-text searching capabilities for finding files.
Dropbox will now let enterprise users set passwords and expiration dates for links to documents stored in Dropbox that they send outside of their companies. If someone receives a link to a Dropbox-contained file that falls outside the expiration date, the link will be inaccessible, said head of product Ilya Fushman.

Graphic detailing how Dropbox users can set passwords and expiration dates

Dropbox users can set passwords and expiration dates

Additionally, Dropbox is now allowing organizations to make Dropbox folders view-only, meaning that only the groups an organization deems appropriate to edit the files will be able to do so. This will remove the annoyance that occurs when someone accidentally tweaks a file that person wasn’t supposed to be able to access in the first place.
Dropbox also plans to roll out new search capabilities over the next couple months with the company’s homegrown search infrastructure. Using full-text search, a user can type in the keywords of a file he or she wants to discover and Dropbox should be able to retrieve it.
Dropbox search function

Dropbox search function

Finally, for developers, Dropbox is releasing a shared folder API and a document preview API, which Fushman said were the two most requested features. With the shared folder API, developers can now be notified whenever a file contained in a designated folder is modified. The document preview API, meanwhile, lets developers embed Dropbox’s document preview screens into their own applications, thus negating the need of having to halt their workflow by opening up a document.
The collection of of new features comes at a time when Amazon’s(s AMZN) recently announced Zocalo work collaboration tool caused the file-share-and-sync market to take notice. It was only last week that Dropbox competitor Box announced that it teamed up with Microsoft on a version of Microsoft Office customized for Box users; additionally, the company removed the storage cap for customers of its Business plan pricing tier. When asked if Dropbox’s new features were created to address the new Amazon and Box features, Fushman would only say that it is a “hot market” and that he thinks “it will be an interesting space for a long time.”
“Ultimately, we look at the needs of the customers,” said Fushman. “We want to get [the features] into the hands of people as quickly as possible.”
Post and thumbnail images courtesy of Shutterstock user Gil C.
Update on Monday July 28: It’s probably worth mentioning that Fushman wrote on Dropbox’s blog that the company now has 80,000 customers, although it doesn’t break down any more detail on that figure.