Cloud technology is revolutionizing the way we share information. It’s now possible to collaborate on documents with colleagues, no matter whether they are on the other side of the room or the other side of the planet. But in order to be able to really leverage the productivity power of Cloud applications, they need to be flexible enough to allow us to effortlessly share across both desktop and mobile devices too. That’s where Dropbox, just one of the numerous Cloud platforms available, fell down – at least until now. Thanks to a new update, sharing files through Dropbox to Android and iOS mobile devices is now as simple as it is from desktop to desktop.
The change, which is now available by updating your existing Dropbox app, relates to the way your phone handles shared file links you receive from others. Essentially, the app now equips your phone to properly support those links, in a way that it hasn’t done before.
When a colleague shares a file with you via Dropbox, you receive a notification that includes a link to allow you to open the shared file. Until now, if you attempted to open this link through your Android or iOS Dropbox app, your phone would unhelpfully navigate out of the app and instead attempt to open the link in your default web browser. That’s hardly helpful when you want to seamlessly access your files all from within the Dropbox app’s own navigation – which is why the changes brought about by this update are so welcome.
Now when you click that shared link, the file or folder will open before your very eyes – right within the app. You can see a preview of the document or photo, and with a tap you can save it to your Dropbox account and then choose to move or rename it, or add it to your list of favorites for speedier opening and even offline access. If it’s a Microsoft Office file and you have the Office apps installed on your device, you can even go right ahead and edit the contents of the document on your phone.
The key here is that this seemingly simple update makes it even more straightforward for you to receive and handle documents from your colleagues, even if you’re not sitting in front of your desktop or laptop. Dropbox is making strides in increasing the ease with which its platform works across mobile devices, and part of that is reducing the number of buttons you need to tap to achieve your goals. All of which is great news for busy business owners and your staff. After all, it further enhances one of the Cloud’s biggest selling points – to literally be able to do anything you could ordinarily do from your office, no matter where in the world you are.
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