Dropbox’s Project Infinite makes it easier to access data


Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
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Dropbox is working on something it calls Project Infinite designed to assist with any storage troubles with might have along. Companies and users alike are often storing terabytes of data in the cloud, which is more than often way more than the amount of storage available inside their computer.

Any attempts to access these files has been clunky at best in the past, but this is about to change very soon. You see, users will no longer be required to jump between the Dropbox local app and the web browser in order to locate important files.

Here are the changes the company is making according to a recent blog post:

  • Visibility in context. Every file you’ve been given access to—even ones that aren’t stored locally—will appear in Windows File Explorer and Mac OS X Finder. You can quickly drill down through folders to find what you need, without the lag of a network drive or the inconvenience of a web app. Plus, you can view key info like file size, and creation and modification dates through your desktop file system, no downloading required.
  • Real-time access. Files and folders stored in the cloud can be organized with familiar drag-and-drop simplicity, right from the desktop. And when you need to open something from the cloud, just double-click it like any other file. Dropbox will automatically sync and open the file for you.
  • Universal compatibility. For IT teams, Project Infinite works the way your teams work, supporting cross-platform access and backwards-compatibility on any computer running Windows 7 or higher, or Mac OS X 10.9 and up. IT teams can bring the power of Project Infinite to the systems they manage and you can share and collaborate with ease.

Files that are synchronized locally will still have that little blue icon next them, while files that are only in the cloud will have a cloud icon. This is similar to how OneDrive works, and if it is anything like OneDrive, then it should go down well with users.

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