Once in a while, something comes out that I just want to tell the world about. DropBox for SharePoint Server by Stephane Eyskens (MVP) is one of those things.
I’ve used DropBox for a long time now, mainly for sharing files with friends and family. I like it because it’s easy to use, it’s free and I use it for what its intended for – basically a file share in “the cloud”.
It’s funny because the things I like about it are also the same things I don’t like about utilizing it for proper collaboration. For example, I like that it sync’s the files/folders to my local hard drive. However, I would not love that idea for a team collaborative solution for many reasons, some of which include security, co-authoring, versioning, not to mention when someone deletes a file/folder, that same file/folder is deleted from MY hard drive the next time it syncs. This will happen if they deleted it intentionally, or not (which HAS happened to me).
I also like DropBox because I can use an iPhone App (which honestly only comes in handy once in a great while). Viewing documents on a 3” screen is less than ideal. I suppose it would make sense if I used an iPad (which I don’t). I do, however, use a MacBook Air which is about as small as an iPad… and it works out very well.
But no matter how you slice it, DropBox is not a collaboration platform. SharePoint, on the other hand, very much is a collaboration platform. So if you could take the things I like about DropBox, and add it to SharePoint, it would be two great tastes that go great together!
– An easy & user friendly way to give your intranet users a place to associate documents to their profile…
– An easy way to provide a light alternative to personal sites which require most of the times, a good governance plan while the DropBox requires almost no governance
– A personal storage location a user can use to share documents with their network (everyone, colleagues, team…)
– An application that communicates to your network via the SharePoint News Feeds
– An application that ships with PowerShell commands administrators can use to manage storage, quotas and forbidden file extensions
– An application that’s fully integrated with the “My” SharePoint 2010 logic
It’s free and can be downloaded from CodePlex.