Dropbox App Now Available for Windows Phones, Tablets
The cloud storage provider releases a touch-friendly app for Windows tablets, PCs and phones.Dropbox is officially on board with Microsoft's modern app (formerly Metro) approach to mobile computing. "Today we're excited to announce the next phase of our partnership with Microsoft: the Dropbox app is now available for Windows phones and tablets," Dropbox Product Manager Matthew Jaffee, referencing the companies' recent partnership, said in a statement. "We've also tailored the app for the Windows platform, so you can pin any Dropbox folder to your Start screen for quick and easy access." The new Dropbox app for Windows Phone (8.0 and up), Windows RT and Windows 8.1 devices provides users with an alternative to Microsoft's own cloud storage service, OneDrive. The Redmond, Wash.-based company has been focused on deeply integrating the OneDrive service—formerly called SkyDrive until a 2013 court defeat in the U.K. forced Microsoft to drop the brand over a trademark dispute—with its Windows operating system and Office software in recent years. OneDrive is often the first file destination listed in "save as" screens displayed by current versions of Office apps, for example.
Now the Dropbox faithful can stick to their preferred cloud storage provider and leverage its capabilities with fewer hoops to jump through. "Use it to automatically back up your photos, mark files as favorites so you can get to them even when you don't have an Internet connection and access both your personal and work accounts at the same time," said Microsoft blogger Athima Chansanchai in a Jan 23 blog post.