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Hands-on with the Dropbox Mobile app's new managing, editing, and syncing features

Liane Cassavoy | Dec. 10, 2014
The vastly improved mobile app lets you do almost everything the desktop app can do. Microsoft Office integration is the biggest highlight.

This integration with Microsoft Office makes Dropbox mobile a must-have app for me, as it eliminates the one big annoyance I had with the app. True productivity doesn't come free, though. To edit files in Microsoft Office apps, you'll need an Office 365 subscription, which starts at $69.99 per year.

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Anyone who's ever lost a phone that's full of photos and videos will appreciate Dropbox Mobile's Camera Upload. It automatically syncs all of the photos and videos that you capture on your mobile device to your Dropbox account, neatly arranging them by date taken. It's a drop-dead simple way to back up all of the images you capture. By default, Dropbox only uploads the photos when your device is connected to Wi-Fi, but you can allow it to use your cellular data network, too.  

Dropbox Mobile has some additional features that I was unable to test, but they sound promising. The Android app allows users to export files directly to SD cards, and Dropbox for Business user can connect both personal and business accounts for separate access from within the same app. 

Dropbox Mobile isn't perfect. I wish it played music continuously, and that you could sort files by type, not just by date. But it's an insanely useful addition to an incredibly useful service, and it's made even more so by its Microsoft Office integration.


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