If you use Dropbox, you almost certainly know by now about the company’s partnership with Microsoft to offer better compatibility between Dropbox and Office – something users had been calling for. Now, the partnership has produced another gem for Dropbox users: the long-awaited Dropbox app for Windows phones and tablets.
A screenshot of the Dropbox app in the Windows Store.
The app doesn’t add many new features to Dropbox, but it does give you features that whatever third-party app you’ve been using might not have. The most interesting new feature is that it lets you pin Dropbox folders to your Start screen, so you don’t have to go through the app to open your favorite folders. The app can automatically back up your photos to drop box, just as it does in the iOS app. It also supports both personal and work accounts and lets you mark certain files as favorites for offline access.
Dropbox gave much of this functionality to iOS users back in November when it first announced the partnership with Microsoft. At the time, Dropbox said that it stored more than 35 billion Office documents, which is why better integration with Microsoft Office made sense. Dropbox has also improved functionality for Android users as part of its push to have a larger mobile presence.
To use the new Windows-based Dropbox app, you’ll need a Windows 8.1 or RT tablet or a phone with Window Phone 8.0 or newer. The app is free and so is Dropbox, for the first 2GB of data.