Files are increasingly abstracted away, replaced by notes and designs and projects in modern software. You don't share a Figma design in Dropbox, or attach a Google Doc to a message; a link and a login is all you need.
Where years ago Dropbox would have played a crucial role in work, today it often feels more like an archive of completed work, filled with PDF and JPG exports from the apps where the work actually got done.
Or are files themselves still a critical part of your workflow? How do you see the future, between traditional files and the in-app content in modern business software?
Call me OG, but I still work almost 100% in the world of files. And Dropbox is my go-to place to sync my Windows laptop, my Mac desktop and my iPhone so I can have access to those files across my work surface area.
As it happens, I was just evaluating whether or not I should delete Dropbox today. It’s all but empty, save one vendor project using Paper.
I’ve moved everything personal to iCloud and work is all Google Drive + Docs.
For both work and personal use, dropbox is just a storage site. We rarely use it for collaboration. That said storage is important for us and we love the ability to attempt to avoid the digital dark age risk on our photographs stored on old computers, and I do like the ability to access all docs from wherever I am.
What was said is true if you work in a digital environment. As it happens, we are working with B2B manufacturing/ supply chain people a lot & they are moving tons of files around. We even developed a product called relatico for handling files better than dropbox, ie with checklists, expiry dates, advanced communication features etc. File sharing still matters a lot in B2B.
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