Software above the level of a single device : Dropbox

24 Apr

Which kind of Web devices do you have? What do you usually use to surf the Internet?

The PC is no longer the only device for access to the Web. These days, a large number of people use not only the PC but also smart phones, iPad, Web TV and so on to access the Internet. In addition to it, various web services have been changing not to be limited only to a single device. This is another pattern of web 2.0. In the age of web 2.0, web services should be accessible by a variety of devices. Dave Stutz who worked in Microsoft for a long time says that software above the level of a single device will make a high profit in the long term. In fact, this is the greatest change led by web 2.0. Development of software above the level of a single device has improved our lives in many ways.


Dropbox is a good example of such software. Dropbox is a cross-platform and Web-based application where users can store their files and share them with others by synchronizing it. It has been named as the world’s fifth most valuable web startup after Facebook, Twitter, Zynga and Groupon. One of its big strengths is ease of access. In comparison to similar services, Dropbox offers a relatively large number of user clients across a variety of desktop and mobile operating systems. There are a number of versions across many operating systems, including versions for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (official and unofficial) as well as versions for mobile devices such as Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, WebOS, and BlackBerry, and a web-based client for when no local client is installed. Thanks to this, it is possible to access Dropbox by diverse devices. In other words, users can use Dropbox not only by the PC at home but also by mobile devices wherever they want. Therefore, it contributes to effectively storing and sharing files, and makes their management convenient. Moreover, Dropbox is easy to use and its uploading speed is very fast, so it attracts many users. If you want to know more about Dropbox, watch the video below.

On the other hand, like every cloud computing application, Dropbox also has privacy and security issues. Users’ files uploaded to Dropbox could be accessed by someone who is not intended. Besides, Dropbox has the right to sell, transfer and share their contents including users’ personal information for business reasons. Accordingly, Dropbox should strive to solve this issue. If this issue is well controlled, Dropbox will be a more popular and more valuable application which is used by more people.


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6 Responses to “Software above the level of a single device : Dropbox”

  1. Nasser Alhammad April 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Thank you for this interesting article about amazing app. I can not understand that I do not check or use dropbox everyday , Yaah it it very clear example about “Software above the level of a single device” .Thanks 😉


    • subinkim April 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

      Thanks for your comment. 🙂
      Dropbox is very useful. If you use it, you will not need a usb or any other memory card. Moreover, you can see your files using your mobile phone as well as a PC. I would really like to recommend you to use Dropbox.

  2. Dave April 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Hello Subin,
    I enjoyed your post. I have ever used Dropbox. Actually I often use this when I don’t have a USB stick. I think this is a very useful application. Especially it gives us more convenience because it can be access by a variety of devices. Good Example! Thanks.

    • subinkim April 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Hi Dave,
      Thank you for leaving your comment.
      I totally agree with you. But I know there are many applications which are similar to Dropbox. So, in order to stay competitive, it shouldn’t stop making an effort to improve their services.

  3. MOHAMMED April 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    As you mentioned before, there are always privacy and security issues. I’m not sure if it is really issues or because we are always concern about new technology.


    • subinkim April 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      It could be just because of our overanxiety about it. However, there is no harm in being careful. 🙂 Anyway, thanks for your comment. 😉

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