updated 05:55 am EST, Fri November 11, 2011
Dropbox looking at broadening its capabilities
Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston has used an interview (embedded below) to outline his plans for the future of the popular cloud-based file syncing service. Currently, the service enjoys the patronage of over 45 million users who use its current system of online folders to keep whatever files they drop into them in sync across devices. Houston, however, sees the future of Dropbox as moving well beyond its existing approach.
Houston sees the cloud as the place where all a user's files will be stored by default, rather than their own computers and mobile phones. This will enable the fast and easy sharing of home and personal files, as well as providing users with a way of accessing all their files anywhere and on all types of devices.
"Big email attachments and uploads -- that's the kind of thing that goes away if all of your stuff is in the cloud by default," Houston said. "We can preview it, transcode it."
"The way we manage files on a computer is insane. We've had this system for decades, but there's still no one button that says 'put this online,'" he continued.
"All of these things become possible. We can index all that metadata in the pictures and then tell you where the picture is taken, and maybe give you all the pictures taken within ten mile radius."
Houston did not have any announcements to make about when new syncing features will be rolled out in Dropbox. Whatever the company does, it will need to move soon. The cloud space is becoming increasingly competitive with services such as Backblaze, Box.bet and Carbonite arriving on the scene. [via GigaOM]