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Dropbox for Business enterprise service launches, adding single sign-on feature

Dropbox has rebranded its enterprise service as Dropbox for Business, and announced plans for the much-requested single sign-on (SSO).

Dropbox has been available to businesses since 2011 via Dropbox for Teams. But the company said that Dropbox has outgrown that name, prompting the updated moniker. "Now that we've got robust business features like single sign-on coming, we realized it's time for an update," Dropbox said in a blog post.

With SSO, users can sign in to a central identity provider and securely access all business apps, like Dropbox.

"For users, SSO means ease," Anand Subramani, a product manager at Dropbox, wrote in a separate blog post. "One fewer password to remember and one fewer step to get to your work." For IT admins, it means additional security and administrative management.

Dropbox has partnered with identity provider organisations, including Ping Identity, Okta, OneLogin, Centrify, and Symplified, to roll out the new SSO feature. Other companies can integrate, as well, via Dropbox's use of the security assertion makeup language (SAML) standard for authentication.

News of SSO comes two months after Dropbox introduced its redesigned admin control and added new sharing options to help businesses manage groups. Executives can view the activity of individual team members or the entire group, as well as set sharing controls, require two-step verification, and even reset employees' passwords.

Interested organisations can sign up for a 14-day free trial of Dropbox for Business, or just jump right into the service, which starts at $795 (£520) per year for unlimited storage, plus live support and various team-management tools.