Dropbox bulks up mobile productivity on iOS app

Dropbox also slipped in that it will be adding the ability for creating new Microsoft Office docs straight from its iOS app in the next few weeks.


Dropbox is bulking up on productivity features for its iOS app, making the cloud storage platform more of an on-the-go workspace.

Designed for both iPhone and iPad, Dropbox developers touted the upgrades as applicable for everything from the office to apartment hunting and vacation planning.

The most obvious refresh is on the home landing page, which now by default displays the most recent files accessed both on mobile and desktop channels.

"That means the files you're most likely to need on the go will always be front and center," the Dropbox team explained in a blog post on Tuesday. "You can easily select the next tab over to see your standard file view."

But even as Dropbox suggested the latest mobile update to fit the bill for both work and home life needs, at least one function feels more like a stepping stone to Dropbox for Business.

That would be the addition of commenting on files. Already available on the Dropbox.com portal, users can now comment on files directly from the iOS app.

Dropbox acknowledged this would mean users no longer have "to wait until you're back at your desk to respond to feedback." Not only does it encourage productivity from virtually anywhere, the comments ability also makes the app more well-rounded in the face of cloud-based collaboration apps sprouting like weeds these days.

The updated iOS app is available through iTunes now.

There's also another major productivity feature on the horizon. Dropbox slipped in that it will be adding the ability for creating new Microsoft Office docs straight from Dropbox via the iOS app in the next few weeks.

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