Everyone now uses cloud storage. Most times it’s free, it’s available everywhere and there’s no reason why one shouldn’t preserve their files in a place which doesn’t rely on a single machine. Companies’ constant approaches have changed how we access and situate our files online. However, it’s not a perfect world and depending on a network for business purposes is not a clever way to work. As a result, cloud services went local and started synchronizing with our computers for offline usage. Every platform out there generalized their software with this format whether it is Dropbox or Microsoft’s OneDrive.

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When that streamlined across users, expensive ultrabooks with quicker and diminished drive capacities came in and created the same havoc all over again as now people don’t have enough storage for syncing their cloud data locally especially you’re syncing an entire project consisting of a massive amount of content. As of now, customers are either living with clunky web interfaces or buying computers with adequate byte counts.Fortunately, it seems like we’re about to be hit by the next wave of organizing cloud files locally with Dropbox’s new Project Infinite.

With Project Infinite, users will be able to manage and retrieve their online files without actually saving them. Dropbox will let you fetch documents on demand eliminating the entire need of downloading beforehand. Sure, you’ll need a dependable internet connection but synchronization now doesn’t mean you’ll be storing the entire directory to your local drive. Now, with Microsoft’s Explorer or Mac’s Finder, you can browse the complete cloud file system and if you need them to available offline, you can sync it whenever required. To get a clear perspective, think of scouting the cloud directories locally and keeping your storage intact. Pro Customers will be saving tons of space once this feature goes public.

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Dropbox will alert you with a cloud icon that indicates that the files are still on Dropbox’s remote servers and if you preserve them, the classic green tick icon will emerge. The demo company showed at their London conference displayed that any remote files will be downloaded as soon as a user attempts to open them. Currently, the functionality will be limited to Windows PCs and Macs, Linux support is yet to go official.

The whole concept revolving around this is definitely going to improve Dropbox’s sales as consumers fail to manage both online and local storage on their remote computers. Also the fact that none of its competitors offer such convenience. Especially with archives which users don’t need on a daily basis, this feature will be a delight. More platforms will for sure, eventually follow the same footsteps for their products.

This all isn’t, although, absolutely new to the cloud industry. Microsoft’s OneDrive achieved this by using placeholders to reduce disk usage, however, they discarded this feature with Windows 10 for some reason. Nextbit’s Robin smartphone also does something like this and sync applications’ data only when desired. Dropbox is testing Project Infinite with a bunch of customers right now and the company isn’t revealing when it’s going to be available for everyone or whether non-premium users will have the benefit.


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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.