Amazon Cloud Drive ups its game with file syncing

Summary:Amazon Cloud Drive is more on a level playing field with the likes of Dropbox and Box now that it has what should be a standard feature: file syncing.

One would have assumed that Amazon, the Web Services cloud giant, would already have file syncing available for its personal cloud storage service, Cloud Drive.

Turns out that the digital lockers didn't have that capability until recently.

The Verge reported on Monday that the Seattle corporation has quietly rolled out the new feature to Cloud Drive users.

File syncing seems like it should be a fairly standard feature for any cloud-based storage and collaboration platform, and Amazon's version doesn't seem much different.

Basically, users can just drop a file into a specified folder. That file is then automatically uploaded and then synced with any other devices running Amazon Cloud Drive. This is already available from the likes of Dropbox, Box and Google Drive.

It's a tad surprising that it would take this long for Amazon to catch up to the playing field.

But perhaps with such a strong focus (and leadership) in the enterprise space, Amazon is now paying more attention to its consumer cloud offerings -- at least beyond what it has in the entertainment space with Prime.

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Enterprise Software, Storage, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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