Dropbox launches dedicated Windows 8 app
Cloud-storage provider Dropbox, fresh from opening a second hub in Dublin, Ireland, has launched a dedicated app for Windows 8 tablets and computers. Dropbox for Windows 8 offers basic functionality in its initial release, but allows users to browse and preview files from within the app itself, plus open, save and edit files using other apps such as OneNote.
The app’s release basically brings Dropbox functionality to Windows RT, the cut-down version of Windows 8 found on ARM-powered devices such as tablets, for the first time. It can be installed alongside the Dropbox desktop app on regular Windows 8 machines for access through the new Modern UI.
Once installed from the Windows Store, the Dropbox app is launched from the Windows 8 Start screen, and sports the usual minimalist, stripped-back interface of its contemporaries. It actually bears more than a passing resemblance to the Microsoft SkyDrive app that ships with Windows 8.
Functionality within the app itself is currently rather limited. You can browse your Dropbox folder and preview individual files, plus use the Search and Share charms to look for content and share it with other apps and services respectively. However, there are currently no options for editing or deleting items directly from the app – instead, users must install the desktop version, Dropbox 1.6.13 for the complete functionality.
The only way users can directly access, edit and update files within the Modern UI is via other Windows 8 apps. When opting to open a file in another app, a Dropbox options allows users to access their folders, selecting files to open. A pause follows while the selected file or files are physically downloaded to the user’s computer.
Dropbox for Windows 8 is a free download for PCs and tablets running Windows 8 or Windows RT. Dropbox 1.6.13 is a free download for Windows, Mac and OS X, while apps for iPad/iPhone and Android are also available. A free or paid-for Dropbox account is also required to use the service.