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Dropbox for Windows becomes a universal app for all Windows devices

by AshwinMay 20, 2015

Cloud Storage giant, Dropbox, has rolled out a major update for its app for Windows.

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The Dropbox app becomes a universal app for all Windows devices.

We are talking about Dropbox for Windows 8 and above, found on the Windows Store, and not the desktop client which is compatible with older versions of Windows.

A single unified version of the app, will now work on all Windows PCs, phones and tablets which run on Windows 8 and above. The move comes just four months after Dropbox had announced the app for Windows Phones and Tablets. It debuted for the devices on January 21, and included support for automatically backing up photos, offline access to favorite files, and access for personal and work accounts.

Today’s update for the app, adds more features. The Dropbox for Windows app, automatically scales (fits) to the screen size of the device used. It also allows uploading of videos from phones, and also allows users to upload multiple files simultaneously. Offline access has been improved to add support for storing files on internal/external storage of the device.

Dropbox for Windows PCs and Tablets allows users to invite their contacts, as members to a shared folder. Users will also be able to manage folder settings from their devices, and also use keyboard shortcuts within the app.

The Dropbox app for Windows now offers most of the features found in Microsoft OneDrive, the Redmond company’s own cloud storage service. It makes sense, as these changes are essential to survive in a competitive market, which also includes another major rival, Google Drive.

PCWorld writes that Dropbox is also also rolling out a new image-preview feature for its web version. This supports professional image formats like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, PostScript, as well as common formats like PNG, JPG, BMP and more. This feature is rolling out over the next few days, and will be available for all users,

Speaking of Google, Dropbox recently unleashed an extension for Chrome, which allows Gmail users to send large files in emails, without worrying about the file size. It also lets Dropbox users to send files to anyone, regardless of whether the recipient is a Dropbox user or not.

Dropbox is also taking on Google in another way. The cloud storage service is working on an online collaborative note taking service, which is based on Hackpad. The service is called Dropbox Notes (Project Composer), and is in beta testing phase. This will probably be a challenger for Google Docs.

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