Dropbox buys MobileSpan for BYOD boost

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Dropbox has purchased a company called MobileSpan that specialises in meeting the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demands placed on firms with smartphone and tablet-wielding employees. No financial terms of the deal were made public.

MobileSpan announced the acquisition on its website, explaining that it will become part of the Dropbox for Business team. This means that all active development on the product will cease immediately and it will be retired at the end of the year.

MobileSpan currently offers two apps for iOS and Windows machines, MobileSpan Gateway and the MobileSpan that it describes as allowing “secure ad hoc access to business content and editing of Office documents living behind the corporate firewall”.

The firm said that joining Dropbox would enable it to accelerate its goal of making allowing businesses to let staff work securely on mobile devices.

“We still have some way to go before business content is freed from its desktop-focused roots and is made readily usable yet secure on modern mobile devices. Joining forces with Dropbox will allow us to rapidly accelerate the realisation of that dream,” the firm said.

“We feel that our long-term vision for enterprise productivity and collaboration aligns greatly with the vision for Dropbox for Business.”

The move to acquire MobileSpan is a clear indication that the company recognises the need to enhance its offerings to businesses to compete with the likes of Google, Microsoft and Box in the cloud storage market.

Dropbox did not comment publicly on the acquisition. V3 contacted the firm for more insight on the deal but had received no reply at the time of publication.

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11 June 2014 | 10:04 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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