DropBox Wants To Change Cloud Storage

DropBox Wants To Change Cloud Storage

Nowadays, everybody like to store files in the cloud. Apps like DropBox make this process easy. However, it’s been a folder-by-folder process thus far. In other words, if you had two PCs and wanted to synchronize a folder, you’d set up the folder on the first PC, synchronize it to DropBox, and download it on the second PC. Essentially, the files would now exist in 3 places, both PCs and the cloud. This seems logical in the traditional sense, but what if you only need one file in that folder? Or worse yet, what if you’re low on HDD space? Enter DropBox’s latest creation, Project Infinite.

The idea is simple, use the cloud as the master, and download the files to multiple devices as you access them. In other words, all the files will be stored in the cloud and any synchronized device could upload/download them as needed. So, there could be files on the first PC that are not on the second, and vice-versa, but all will be present in the cloud. While this may save space when synchronizing things like audio and video files, there will still be a downloading delay the first time they’re accessed.

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