With data backup and syncing growing to become a somewhat of a necessity, the world of cloud storage services has become saturated with options for the end user. However, Dropbox still remains one of the the most popular cloud services with clients for all major platforms, including Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. Ever since the release of Windows 8, people have been waiting for the official Modern UI app for Dropbox. Well, the long-awaited app has finally landed in the Windows Store. The app doesn’t seem to sport the kind of quality one would expect from a name such as Dropbox, but it does provide you with the basic functionality of accessing and viewing your cloud files and folders. Moreover, it lets you share cloud content over Facebook, Twitter and through email. Keep reading to find out more about the app and what’s currently missing from it.
When you run the app for the first time, you’ll need to log in using your Dropbox account and password.
The main interface of the app is as simple as they come. The saved content is divided into two categories: folders and files. All the folders are listed on the left side while the files are available on the right. There are no extra options, and thus, no app bar as yet. Currently, you can only view files. The option to upload and download files – the basic purpose of cloud storage – is, disappointingly, not available.
Opening a folder will display all its files along with their sizes and thumbnail previews (for images).
The app comes with its own built-in image viewer, which can open all the basic image formats. You can navigate to the next and previous images by swiping across or hitting the navigation buttons on either edge of the screen.
You can share the files over over the web through the Share option in the Charms Bar (Win + C). You can only send out the link of the file that you want to share, of course.
In a nut shell, the official Dropbox app for Windows 8 only provides users with the most basic functionality, and leaves a lot to be desired. Most users may prefer using the web app instead of what the Windows 8 client currently has to offer. In order for it to be useful, the app needs to be brought on par with the quality that is available on other platforms.
The app works on Windows RT and both 32-bit & 64-bit versions of Windows 8.
Update: Even though the Dropbox app does not provide users with a direct method to upload files to the cloud, you can still upload items to to it using other apps. When saving a file, just change the location to Dropbox instead of a local folder and the file will be uploaded. If the Dropbox app is installed on your system, the option should appear below the local folders.