Dropbox’s ‘Project Infinite’ Brings Cloud-Stored Data to Desktop

Judging by the responses from users on Twitter, Dropbox's new technology for accessing cloud-based files from the desktop will be a welcome and much-needed improvement. Unveiled today, the "Project Infinite" preview will let Dropbox users view all their cloud-stored files and folders from their devices without having to first launch a browser.

"Dropbox Infinite is exactly what I've been looking for for several years now," Web developer Nils Riedemann wrote today in a tweet. Tech news publisher Owen Williams added, "Whoa, Dropbox Project Infinite looks *amazing* -- don't need to have the files locally anymore, takes no space."

Dropbox, a file hosting and cloud storage services provider, introduced the project during the Dropbox Open conference in London. It calls the technology -- currently available only to a limited number of sponsor customers -- a "revolutionary new way to access all your files."

Project Infinite syncs a user's desktop with the data stored in Dropbox files and folders so all of the cloud-based information is visible on local devices, no matter how much or how little hard drive storage those devices have. The locally visible files and folders act as placeholders, and are identified either with green checkmarks (for locally synced content) or cloud icons (for everything else).

Addresses 'a Major Issue' for Users

The new cloud icon next to a desktop file indicates data that is stored in Dropbox, which means it uses up no memory on the local device. When the icon is clicked, however, the cloud-based file opens just as any locally stored file would, syncing with Dropbox on demand.

If users know they won't have network access but still want to access Dropbox-stored files from their desktops, they can choose to save a local copy for later viewing. Dropbox said Project Infinite will work on any device, whether it's...

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