Dropbox Reveals A Future Where More 'Content' Is Shared, Less Files

Dropbox plans to add features that will turn it from a personal file share/locker business into a broader content-delivery one.

Dropbox is amazingly popular as a cloud-based file locker, or for small scale sharing of files between individual users—but the company just revealed some new features that begin to take it in a new direction for 2013. Instead of merely being about single file transport, Dropbox is going to become more of a content delivery system. It's going to have a photo albums feature with an intelligent awareness of groupings into "albums", previews for documents like PDFs and more integration with social networks.

These services are familiar to Netizens who've used Apple's iCloud or Google's various cloud-based systems, of course. But this move does represent an awareness in Dropbox that it can't remain a one-trick pony in a world where cloud services are changing every day.

Can Dropbox become the cloud services content sharing site everyone loves? Or will it lose out to moves by Google, Apple and Microsoft to steal its turf? Tell us in the comment section.

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  • Mitchell Kraus

    Well, its all about what app developers grant on their apps whether if it can be shared with dropbox or not. But as far the computers, you can always put data on it. iCloud shares with their apple apps, and you can always put those files on the hard drive then upload them to dropbox. And google cloud will die out in the future and it would be limited if it stays I strongly believe.

    Computers are going away, and tablets and smartphones are replacing them, so its up to the app developers to enable dropbox on the apps, because phones and tablets are all about apps and apps is where the works is heading and will continue to be heading. So dropbox will be the source of the sub sources like icloud. That's what I think. I think dropbox will make it big possibly if apple allows and google allows the developers to enable it on their apps. If it loses money for apple and google because of dropbox, they'll limit the allowance of dropbox and its availability.