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Dropbox users can now accept files from non-subscribers to the cloud storage platform

Dropbox File Requests let users collect files from people who aren't signed up to the cloud storage service for the first time

Dropbox has introduced a functionality that allows subscribers to solicit files from contacts who don’t already use the cloud storage platform.

The feature, dubbed File Requests, will enable Dropbox users to receive large files from anyone, regardless of the device or operating system they use, by sending them a link.

This will then allow the recipient to upload their documents to a designated folder in the Dropbox user’s account.

Previously, the only way to do this was by using third-party services like DBinbox, which – in a similar way to File Requests – allow users to generate a custom link that can be used to send files to a Dropbox account.

 “Whether you’re collecting from one person or a hundred, all the files you receive are organised into a single folder, available on all your devices and appended with each submitter’s name,” the company said.

From a business users’ point of view, Dropbox said the service could be used to compile bids from third-party contractors or by teachers who need to collect homework assignments from the children in their care.

The company said the functionality is being introduced as an alternative to using emails, text messages or file transfer protocol (FTP) servers to collect large files of up to 2GB in size.

Dropbox Basic and Pro users will be able to start making use of File Requests from today.

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Mark van der Linden, UK country manager of Dropbox, said the feature would make it easier than ever for Dropbox users to share files.

“File Requests are the last piece of the sharing loop, allowing our users to receive files – large or small – from people using any platform or device.

“Whether they’re receiving designs from co-workers, or teachers collecting assignments from students, Dropbox has provided a simple way to collect files in one place,” he said.

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