Earlier this week, Dropbox announced that it now handles over 200 million file saves each day by over 25 million users. For those unfamiliar, this service makes it easy to sync files across multiple computers and mobile devices with a little help from the cloud. Skatter Tech first reviewed Dropbox over a year ago and today its available on more platforms than ever before. There are desktop clients for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux in addition to apps for Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices.
“Dropbox transforms the way people create and share their life’s work,” said Drew Houston, CEO and co-founder of Dropbox. “Whether that’s designing buildings, writing music, or raising a family, we’re focused on making it effortless to have your files wherever you need them, on any computer or phone.”
Those numbers are also a major jump from the 4 million users in early 2010. According to the press release, there are paying customers in more than 175 countries and half of Dropbox users live outside the United States. When people first register, they receive 2 GB of free storage space. Customers can pay to upgrade to as much as 100 GB of storage, however there are also other neat ways to get additional storage space without paying a dime.
Dropbox has a robust referral program that rewards users with additional storage space when they get friends and family to sign-up. The freemium model has clearly worked quite well. The company has not spent much on advertising if not any at all. The ad-free service relies entirely on letting users spread word. The most recent updates which include a first batch of translations for Spanish, German, French, and Japanese speakers will help bring Dropbox to more places than ever.
Since I first got my hands on Dropbox, I began using it for keeping my data in sync across all my gadgets. It is especially handy for someone like me who goes through several device that come in for review each month. At the moment, I have it running on my main Windows 7 laptop, a Dell Ubuntu netbook, an Apple iMac, an Apple iPad, and on my HTC EVO 4G. I used it religiously on the iPhone 3GS I once had and even on a temporary Motorola Xoom tablet.
Even if you do not have too many laptops or mobile devices, the web interface comes in handy when away from home. Assuming that a file is left in your Dropbox folder, you can access it from any remote computer with a web browser. It also serves as a safe place for storing backups and the service maintains multiple revisions of files too.
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