Dropbox is moving forward with their office cloud collaboration features, widening availability of a feature they began trialling with Dropbox for Business customers last month – comments on shared files.
This morning, Dropbox has announced that all users will now have the ability to comment on shared files.Comments can be made on files you own, as well as files shared with you, letting you keep all your conversations about a file, centralised in one place.
The full list of functions that you can use with the new commenting system includes:
Bring anyone into the conversation with mentions. When you type @, followed by someone’s name or email address, they’ll get an email notification — even if they don’t use Dropbox — with a link to go right to the file. It’s a one-step process to both share a file and gather input about it.
Instantly stay up to date (if you choose). When anyone comments on a file you’ve shared, you’ll receive an email notification. Or if you don’t need play-by-play updates on a certain file, just click ‘Unsubscribe from notifications.’
Manage the conversation. Everyone with access to a shared link can make comments. But what if you don’t want others to be able to weigh in? If it’s a file you shared, just click ‘Turn off comments’ in the Options menu.
Make changes on the spot with Microsoft Office files. If the comments are on a Microsoft Office file and you’re the owner, you don’t even need to leave the browser to make the changes. Just click the ‘Open’ button to edit the file in Office Online or in the desktop app; either way, your changes will be saved back to Dropbox.
The update is live now on the web, and coming soon to mobile, so keep an eye on the ‘What’s New’ section of the Dropbox app on your Android.