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Dropbox held it's first first developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, where it made quite a few announcements about the developments in it's services. The highlight of the event was clearly the announcement about Dropbox's user count, which stands at 175 million right now. For those who don't already know, Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers offers cloud storage and file synchronization functions.
The company was started in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi in an apartment and the service was launched for the first time in 2008. The client service is now available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, web browsers and as well as unofficial ports for Symbian, Windows Phone and MeeGo. In 2012, the company had announced that it had a total of 100 million users using the service across all the platforms. The fact that the user base has grown by 75% within a year is remarkable.
The company also announced it's new 'Dropbox Platform' which provides a suit of tools for easy cross-platform syncing. The platform is built on top of Sync API a new library which is said to make it easier to synking with Dropbox. This will give users new saving options, which could be anything from settings, contacts, to-do list items, or the latest doodle, the company says in a blog post.
The Dropbox Platform will also make use of new API called Datastore which will allow developers to store and sync app data. Meaning, when app is built with Datastore, it is updated across all devices and platform, both in offline and online modes. "Imagine a task-tracking app that works on both your iPhone and the web. If it's built with the Datastore API, you can check off items from your phone during a cross-country flight and add new tasks from your computer and Dropbox will make sure the changes don't clobber each other", the company writes in its blog.
Other tool introduced with the Dropbox Platform is the Drop-ins, which lets developers to integrate their apps with Dropbox (which can be done with just a few lines of codes). Drop-ins has two components - chooser and saver: the chooser allows users to take files stored on their dropbox, within the app, while the saver allows users access their Dropbox account for saving data, with just a simple click. Yahoo! Mail, Shutterstock, and Mailbox already makes use of the "Drop-ins" tools.