In the year 2012, I created my first Dropbox account. Despite the availability of Microsoft’s SkyDrive (now OneDrive) and the launch of Google Drive that same year, I chose to stick with Dropbox because I was impressed by its simplicity. However, by 2017, I found myself using both Dropbox and OneDrive. I started using Microsoft Office 365 for work, using Dropbox for personal cloud storage, and OneDrive for work-related purposes. It was during this time that I realized OneDrive had made significant progress and caught up with Dropbox. So, after using both services side by side for six years, I finally decided to transfer all my personal files to OneDrive as well and say farewell to Dropbox. I want to share the three reasons behind this change in a blog post today. Please note that Dropbox is still a good cloud storage service, but my personal preference motivated me to switch.
Dropbox doesn’t support Touch ID & Passkeys
One of the main reasons I switched to OneDrive was the convenience of accessing my files from shared devices. My passwords are at least 38 characters in length, and I don’t like accessing my Password Manager from shared devices, which makes accessing Dropbox on the go quite challenging. Unfortunately, Dropbox does not support Touch ID and Passkeys except on the iPhone and iPad. Thankfully, Microsoft OneDrive supports these features, allowing me to log in using biometrics or my smartphone. Hence, I decided to embrace Microsoft OneDrive and leave Dropbox behind for good.
OneDrive is a lot more cost-effective Option
Based on the current exchange rate, a subscription to Dropbox’s Family Plan costs LKR 63,202.80 ($203.88) per year, while Microsoft OneDrive costs only LKR 33,999.00 ($109.68) for a year. Furthermore, Dropbox Family Plan offers only 2 TB of storage per plan, whereas Microsoft Office 365 Family provides 6 TB (1 TB per user). Although Dropbox may offer more features compared to OneDrive, storage space is my primary concern. Additionally, my employer covers the cost of my Office 365 plan, making OneDrive an even more appealing option.
OneDrive integrates better with Office 365
While Dropbox provides out-of-the-box support for document collaboration with Microsoft Office, OneDrive is integrated with Office 365 by design. This integration allows me to have both cloud storage and the Office Application suite for a single price. It eliminates the need to pay for separate services to accomplish the same tasks. Furthermore, when using two Microsoft products together, there is generally less room for bugs or issues compared to using a Microsoft product with a third-party cloud storage service.
In conclusion, considering the reasons mentioned above, it is unlikely that I will return to using Dropbox. However, whether you should switch from Dropbox to OneDrive depends on your personal circumstances and preferences. As I mentioned earlier, Dropbox remains a good cloud storage service. It’s my own preferences that led me to make the change. Dropbox might add support for Touch ID and Passkeys in the future, become more competitively priced, and improve integration with Microsoft Office 365. However, I couldn’t wait for Dropbox to catch up to Microsoft’s OneDrive. If you find yourself unsatisfied with what Dropbox currently offers, I encourage you to make the switch but if you are happy and content with Dropbox, there’s no need to change. The decision ultimately rests with you, as it is a personal one.
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