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Dropbox is making moves to expand operating as just a simple cloud storage app to a fully-fledged platform of services.
Introduced at the cloud storage provider’s first developer conference on Tuesday morning, the Dropbox Platform was touted by the company’s CEO and founder Drew Houston as “a new foundation to solve the problems of sync so you don’t have to.”
He outlined this includes keeping structured data in sync, working offline, handling conflicts, and working across operating systems.
“Sync is the new save. We’re never going back,” declared Houston, adding this particular feature is a problem that affects everyone.
Last November, Dropbox stood at approximately 100 million users strong. As of July 9, Houston said the service now retains 175 million users and is growing “like crazy.”
Houston cited that there are also more than one billion files saved to Dropbox accounts everyday from tax returns to wedding photos.
Houston described how Dropbox has filled a void and been used for much more than cloud storage for content but also an online hub for families, friends, and colleagues to communicate and share.
Referencing Apple to Android to Amazon, Houston posited that “now we have all these companies making this amazing stuff, but the problem is they’re all punching each other in the face.”
There are a few major components to the Dropbox Platform:
With more than 100,000 apps already running on the Dropbox Platform, other industry partners include identity manager 1Password, producitivty mobile app CloudOn, and collaboration platform Asana, among others.
For iOS users in particular, Dropbox is already making changes to its recently acquired Mailbox app with these APIs. Although there wasn’t a specific drop date announced, Houston promised that a new version is “coming soon.”
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Source: Associated Press