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    August 5, 2016

    Dropbox launches Paper; its competitor to Google Docs and Office Online

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    Dropbox has launched Dropbox Paper; a new online suite designed to compete with the likes of Google Docs and Microsoft’s Office Online

    Google Docs is loved around the world for its easy sharing and editing features, not to mention its integration with Drive cloud storage. While Microsoft looks to challenge that with Office Online, a new competitor has emerged in the form of Dropbox Paper.

    Dropbox Paper is a new service which has launched across Android, iOS, and the web. Built off the back of Dropbox’s cloud storage features, the new app is designed to field multiple parties who will be able to collaborate in real-time.

    Read: Dropbox‘s Android app updated with Material Design

    Dropbox Paper began as a closed beta last year, and has only been made available to the public now. The app, which sports the service’s characteristic clean UI, can be used to embed various types of media online; as of now, both YouTube videos and SoundCloud files can be embedded directly into documents.

    The release of Dropbox Paper forms part of Dropbox’s repositioning into enterprise. The company has previously tried to entice users to adopt its other apps, such as its Mailbox email client and Carousel image library suite, with little success.

    Paper will undoubtedly face a difficult road ahead as it attempts to broach large scale interest. We’re left to feel that while the app is certainly user-friendly and attractive, it might take some major heft to drive new users to a relatively light feature set.

    Dropbox Paper is now available to download on both iOS and Android.

    Read: Dropping Dropbox? Here are Five Alternatives.

    What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to use Dropbox Paper over the likes of Google Docs or Office Online? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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