Dropbox launches new file sharing feature

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Following the successful completion of a private beta test which ran over the summer, Dropbox has announced that is it rolling out Dropbox Transfer, a new tool that allows users to share files without having to give other users access to their personal copies.

Similar to WeTransfer, users can upload multiple files (up to 100MB for a free account) and receive a link to a landing page which they can then share with other users to either download to save directly to their Dropbox account.

Transfer also gives users the option to set each transfer’s expiry date, with the option to choose from either three or seven days. The default is set to seven days to give users enough time to download the information, however, Professional, Business Advanced, Enterprise or Education account holders can set the transfer to expire after 7, 30, 60 or 90 days.

Dropbox Professional subscribers will also get access to additional features, including the ability to send documents up to 100GB, set passwords to protect transfers, and customise the background of the transfer page.

Those wishing to send files via Transfer will be able to create a Transfer page via Dropbox’s desktop and iOS app or at dropbox.com/transfer. And the best bit, recipients don’t need a Dropbox account in order to receive files as Dropbox says the system is “designed for times when you need to turn over large collections of final files to clients and other people outside your company.”