Dropbox has extended its partnership with Microsoft by creating a version of the cloud storage app for Windows 10.
The new app will soon be made available in the Windows Store, and comes with several new features that Dropbox claims will aid productivity on PCs and tablets running Microsoft's latest operating system.
“Today, we’re expanding our partnership to help users work however and wherever they want with our Dropbox app for Windows 10,” the company said.
One of the more notable features is that Dropbox will work with Windows Hello, a security layer in Windows 10.
This will allow Dropbox users to unlock account access through face, fingerprint or iris recognition rather than a password.
Another feature is quick access to recent files in Dropbox, facilitated by a pop-up ‘Jump List’ accessed by right clicking on the Dropbox app icon in the Windows 10 taskbar.
Dropbox for Windows 10 allows comments to be added directly to files so that workers can see changes and keep track of tasks, while ‘@mentions’ can bring colleagues into a discussion about certain tasks and files.
Other features have been designed to make searching and accessing Dropbox files and shared folders a more streamlined process.
For example, the ability to drag and drop flies into Dropbox from the Windows File Explorer simplifies the process of copying documents and folders from a device into the cloud storage service.
Dropbox for Windows 10 will be available for PC and tablets initially, but the company said that a version for Windows 10 Mobile is “coming soon”.
This will effectively see Microsoft and Dropbox’s partnership continue to expand, which could be seen as strange as Microsoft already has a cloud storage service in the form of OneDrive.
But the security, file sharing and collaboration functions of Dropbox offer an additional layer of tools that will benefit business users. This, in turn, could boost the adoption of Microsoft's latest operating system in the business world.
It could also prompt the integration of Dropbox rivals such as Box, which was recently integrated with Microsoft’s web apps.
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