The need to have your files close and in hand is a great thing because people are now on the move more than ever. Being today in one country and tomorrow in another corner of the world does imply the need to have a great portability of documents. Dropbox offers advanced file hosting solutions in terms of file synchronization, client software and cloud storage. The users will need to make a folder dedicated to Dropbox on the computers they are using. The service will sync them so they will appear the same content on every computer. There is also the possibility to access the folder via a dedicated website or on the mobile phone.
A brief history
The founder of Dropbox is Drew Houston started by designing a system that will allow him to access his files without the fear of constantly forgetting home his flash drive. In this way Dropbox has seen the light of the day in June 2007. The official launch was in 2008 at a technology conference. The Dropbox was considered a real phenomenon because by 2011 it had already 50 million users. The year 2012 brought many improvements including the possibility to upload multimedia files from tablet, phone, SD card or camera. The users have given an additional 3GB for their videos and photos. In this way, the users have 8GB to store whatever they want. Also the users can share files via Facebook. The group page can be directly supplied with the files needed. In 2012, Dropbox reached over 100 million people.
Dropbox has experienced a lot of add-ons created by the developers and not only. There is a strong community which is interested in these add-ons. These facilities allow the direct communication between the mail box and the Dropbox account. Also other facilities allow online backup of services like FTP and MySQL directly on the account. There are also desktop apps which allow folder sync on the computer. The browser extension will sync Google Docs with the Dropbox files. The files are also editable inside the browser. Dropbox does not officially work on several operating systems like Symbian, webOS, Maemo and Windows Phone. For these systems there are many applications designed by the members of the community.
The Dropbox users
There are many people who use Dropbox and their number has reached 100 million this year only. From these, the largest number of people is residing in the United States of America. They are approximately 32 percent of the users registered. Close by, United Kingdom and Germany users have all six percent of the total amount of clients. As from the operating system which is most use, the Windows occupies 66 percent of the market. The MacOS users have 20 percent follows by Linux with only 2 percent. The rest of the users use more than a single OS for sharing files.
The future of the company
From its headquarters in San Francisco, the Dropbox employees are willing to try and make their application safer than ever. The company has developed greatly and people now know that it is probably one of the trendiest things in the industry. The whole concept of cloud seems to be used more and more these days. The ability to access the files and maybe even abandon the whole idea of storing files on a computer is something that people might indulge. The only problem will be that of security of data. Of course no one would be keen to steal some family portrait photos, but the problem resides in the personal data of users. It is known that the accounts can be submitted to breaking and spamming on at least one occasion. In this way the future should be centered on offering the clients the best security ever.
The whole idea seems to be that of clients who are able to enjoy their work and who will have access to data from all over the world. We live in the era of mobility when people travel more than ever. It will be stupid to assume that a person will only use his desktop computer in order to produce and keep files. It is more like a combination of PC, tablet and smartphone which could be the dedicated future. Dropbox has the possibility to increase as much as possible in the next years and it will certainly mean a lot for its producers.