DropBox

Originally the leader in online file storage, DropBox has declined in relevance due to rather restrictive and somewhat illogical policies for providing and counting storage space.

Although originally a celebrated innovator in the consumer online file storage, Dropbox’s innovations and features do not seem to have kept up with technology progress and user expectations.

  • Firstly, DropBox only provides 2Gb of free storage space, compared to Microsoft OneDrive’s 5Gb and Google Drive’s 15Gb.
  • Secondly, DropBox insists on counting and charging every user for the shared folders and files. I.e. if you are are sharing 3Gb of photos with 4 friends, DropBox charges each of you for 3Gb of space – so you are collectively paying DropBox for 15Gb of storage!
    “The size of a shared folder will be counted against the quota of every member of that folder, unless each person is on the same Dropbox Business team or Dropbox Family plan.”
    See https://help.dropbox.com/files-folders/share/shared-folder-count-against-storage

There quite a number of disgruntled users who bemoan the decline of DropBox’s features and express their frustrations. By comparison, other popular online storage providers have more generous and rational policies:

As a result, DropBox is losing in popularity and many are migrating their online storage to other providers such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, iCloud, etc.