Dropbox Open Event held in London on Tuesday showcased a new service feature dubbed as Project Infinite from the provider. The new feature is said to reimagine how people find, access and collaborate with large amounts of data.
With the new feature, Dropbox is aiming to solve a common issue which every cloud storage user faces—accessing large amounts of data from the cloud without saving it locally and hence compromising on the storage space.
The well known service provider plans to overcome this issue by showing files stored in the cloud the same ways as files stored locally on Windows and OS X. The feature should be immediately useful to users of devices with limited storage space, such as ultraportable laptops.
Essentially an expansion of how files are shown to users in the Dropbox apps for desktop, users will see their cloud files, whether they are synced or not- as regular files in the Windows File Explorer or OS X finder interface.
As before, files and folders synced with the cloud and the local storage on the PC will show a green tick mark and will open like they generally do. Files that are not synced locally with show a cloud icon and users can open those files in an almost regular fashion to local files. Here, the issue is that the cloud data will be downloaded and stored on the hard disk and the same amount of IP Storage capacity will be consumed on the disk. If the disk doesn’t have space, then users cannot access those files on their device or PC.
Now, the process has been updated with a new policy where every file has been given access to even ones that aren’t stored locally-will appear in Windows File Explorer and Mac OS X Finder. Users can access key info like file size, and creation and modification dates through user desktop file system and doesn’t require downloading of files.
Project Infinite also gives users the ability to organize files and folders simply by drag and drop functionality from the desktop. The new project can support cross platform access and backwards compatibility on any computer running Windows 7 or higher OSes. It can also support Mac OS X 10.9 and up.
Dropbox is currently testing this feature with business users and is inclined in offering it as a service to consumers soon.
In March 2016, Dropbox announced that it has touched the 500 million registered users’ milestone. The service hit 100 million users in November 2012, 200 million in November 2013 and 300 million users in 2014.