Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership in November 2014 and have since released multiple integrations. Dropbox today said this partnership has resulted in 17 million users taking advantage of features that tie Microsoft and Dropbox products closer together. The company added that today’s launch shows the two are “expanding our partnership to help users work however and wherever they want.”
But this is really just a relaunched Dropbox app for Windows 10. Dropbox already has a Windows 8 app, which launched in January 2013, and it works just fine on Windows 10. Today’s release is a much better app, particularly if you’re using a Windows 10 PC with a touchscreen or a Windows 10 tablet.
“Yes, the older Dropbox app for Windows 8 works on Windows 10, but users will slowly be upgraded to the new version,”a Dropbox spokesperson confirmed with VentureBeat. “That older app doesn’t leverage the full features of Windows 10 or Dropbox though.”
In fact, the new Windows 10 app has a few features that even traditional desktop users may want to play with (this is a combination of the feature lists provided by Dropbox and Microsoft):
- Drag and drop files into the Dropbox app from Windows File Explorer — and even between folders within the app (hold Ctrl to copy) — to easily move or copy them.
- Use Quick Search to find what you need faster: Start typing a search term to see your results — no need to click the search icon first.
- Set up interactive notifications to accept shared folder invitations without having to launch the Dropbox app.
- Enable Windows Hello for an extra layer of protection: Use your fingerprint, face, or iris to unlock the Dropbox app.
- Add comments directly on your files, and bring others into the discussion with @mentions.
- Quickly access recent files using Jump List: All you have to do is right-click on the Dropbox app icon in your taskbar.
- Performance improvements and faster launching.
Although the new Windows 10 app works on PCs and tablets (it is a universal Windows app, for those wondering), phones are not yet supported. Dropbox said it will be rolling out the app for Windows 10 Mobile “soon” but wouldn’t share any timing details beyond “early 2016.”
It’s also worth noting that today’s launch does not replace the Dropbox desktop client. At least for now, the company plans to keep developing both apps in tandem.