Months after being showcased at Microsoft’s build developer conference in October, the Dropbox app for Windows 8 and Windows RT is finally available for download, giving users access to their online documents straight from their Start screen.
Mirroring the tiled aesthetics of Microsoft’s latest interface, the Dropbox app displays tiles for each file and folder stored in the user’s account, allowing them to swipe and tap to browse the documents. The app is rather basic in its abilities, though users can employ the Search Charm to look for files by name or extension. Users can also share files through e-mail or other platforms, such as social networks, by right-clicking the document and opening the Share Charm.
While the Dropbox app for Windows 8 also lets users open, edit and save Microsoft Office documents, as well as other types of editable files stored on the cloud service, that’s about all the functionality it offers. Those hoping to view locally synced files or upload new documents from their Surface tablet or other devices will have to revert to the standard Dropbox desktop application or the Web-based interface to do so.
With obvious features missing, it’s likely this software was released now so it could be on display at the CES tradeshow which is going on now, rather than because the app is anywhere near finished.
With a lack of available applications being one of the biggest complaints among Windows RT users, the Dropbox app will surely garner some applause, though the program could definitely use a few tweaks to truly benefit its users.
The Dropbox app for Windows 8 is now available in the Windows Store for free.