Dropbox just announced Project Infinite, a novel feature that lets users access their cloud-based files easier, while also saving local storage space.
Regardless if your files are stored in the cloud, on local drives or on network drives, Project Infinite should let you find and access them easily via Windows Explorer or OSX Finder. It would be just like having them saved on your HDD, but the space demand would be significantly decreased.
By using Infinite Drive, users get visibility across the full system. When working with files from the cloud, a little visual cue will appear next to them in the form of a cloud icon. Files that have been uploaded, but have a hard drive copy will appear checked by a green "OK" symbol.
Simply put, you get full access and flexibility to how you handle your cloud files, but you save tons of space. Should you modify any files that you downloaded from the cloud, syncing will save the end result back into Dropbox's cloud.
Those who rely on a massive content for their business will find this most useful. They can control the big cloud depository and simply handpick the files they need for work, modify them and upload them back. Having a unified folder system helps immensely by streamlining the lucrative process.
Dropbox's announcement only mentions a preview of Project Infinite, but no official information permeated on the availability or cost of the feature. If you - like us - are excited about the prospect of having an integrated folder system for both the local and cloud storage, you have to muster some patience.
In October 2015, Dropbox announced that it reached its target of having 90 percent of its data through on its proprietary storage system. In March, the company counted more than 500 million signups and 500 petabytes of user data on its servers.
There is a small chance that the capability will be available to the consumer and the enterprise sector, but Dropbox avoided going into specifics. The announcement was posted on the company's blog in the Business category, but take that hint with a grain of salt.
Regardless which part of the market will benefit from the big cloud storage issue, it is a commendable effort and we look forward to learning more about it.