Dropbox Pro name changed to Dropbox Plus, public folders are disabled

Dropbox PLus

Dropbox has made some changes. One of them is pretty simple: a name change from Dropbox Pro to Dropbox Plus. The other has larger impact on people who use public folders with a Basic Account.

In a rather pushy way Dropbox explains in an FAQ that Dropbox Pro is now Plus. A real reason is not there, except that ‘Plus’ clearly conveys that you get more storage space. You get the impression that there is internal rather on discussion about the change of name. The cost of paid version of Dropbox is still $9.99 per month or $99 a year and offers 1 terabyte of storage. Furthermore, nothing has changed, only the name is now Dropbox Plus.

No more public folders to Dropbox Basic

The biggest change is that there will be no public folders in free Dropbox Basic account. Dropbox is trying to persuade you since 2012 to create shared links instead of creating a public folder. On March 15, 2017, all remaining public directories of free accounts are converted to private folders. Others can then no longer use it. People with Dropbox Plus or Business account can use their public folder until September 1, 2017.

Dropbox blocked last year the ability to display HTML files from public folders. People used this feature to quickly just create a temporary site, for example, an event that would last for some time.

Fortunately, Dropbox adds new features time to time. Dropbox also now works with iMessage and Picture in Picture on the iPad. One of the newest features is Dropbox Paper, a kind word processor like Google Docs.


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