Dropbox to open first office in Australia

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Dropbox to open first office in Australia

US file hosting service Dropbox will open its first Australian office in Sydney, signalling its intent to reach local business users.

The company today announced plans for a Sydney office, the first office for Dropbox in the Asia Pacific region. The cloud provider also has offices in San Francisco, Dublin, Austin and New York.

The local office will hire for a variety of sales and user operations roles, according to a media statement, as well as providing "targeted support" for Australian users.

The company has already begun listing job advertisements, including roles in IT admin, recruiting, sales and solutions architecture.

Dropbox listed Macquarie Group, Mirvac and Atlassian as local business customers.

"We want to build team that's close to those customers and users," said vice president of enterprise strategy Ross Piper.

The company today demonstrated a new upcoming collaboration tool called Project Harmony, which allows users to co-edit the same documents in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint from within Office, as well as chat about changes.

Dropbox wants to extend the capability to other "core business apps", Piper said. The cpmpany is encouraging third party developers to integrate with Dropbox. Piper said there are 100,000 apps built that take advantage of Dropbox APIs.

Earlier this month Dropbox unveiled an updated version of Dropbox for Business, which includes the ability for adminsitrators to remotely delete files in a users Dropbox Business acccount and remove the account from a device.

Dropbox also unveiled an Android version of its Mailbox mail client.

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