Like most of us these days, I’m a multiple device kind of guy. And at this stage in my life, I’m a cross-platform kind of guy, as well. Not sure how it happened, but it did. I spend pretty much equal time on the platforms, as well. I have loyalty problems, I guess. But, as a result of all that, I am also a crossed-up guy, pretty frequently.
The easiest way I’ve gotten around that is to keep my work in Gmail. Simple, but not ideal. Then Dropbox came into my life, and I don’t know how I lived without it.
It’s pretty much the easiest thing to use in the world. You install it, and then just treat it like any other part of your drive space. And you can access it on any device…mobile, Mac, PC…that has DropBox installed. It just fits its use case beautifully and simply.
That’s why it’s great to read yesterday’s Wired piece on the mighty aspirations of what has so far been a humble little service.
The interesting thing about the piece is that Dropbox isn’t just looking to fulfill the role of cloud repository for “files.” They want to do much more. According to the article:
In large part because mobile devices have spawned a less file-centric user experience, much of the data we generate and access doesn’t have a separate life as a document. You don’t play Angry Birds on your phone and then save your game as a “.ang” file. If Dropbox’s gambit works, however, you will be able to pick up the game on your iPad where you left off playing on your Galaxy S4.
That’s right. They want to solve the headache of cross-platform development. That’s the equivalent of world peace in the real-world.
And I, for one, am rooting for them.