Should Dropbox offer a Windows Phone App?

Dropbox is conducting a poll to see if there is enough interest to develop a Windows Phone application. Dropbox recently upgraded their mobile website and is now looking into building a Windows Phone app.

Dropbox's mobile website received a hefty facelift in early September that brought new features into the mix such as,

  • Search: You can search your Dropbox for that e-book that was such a pain to browse to.
  • File quick actions: Whether you are browsing or searching for files, now in addition to downloading a file, there is also a quick action menu dropdown that gives you access to additional things you can do to your files. For now, that means sharing and deleting.
  • Share: Dropbox will generate a link that helps you quickly share a file or folder with your friends. Simply copy a link to your device clipboard or email the link on.
  • Delete: There's a new delete functionality and clean up your Dropbox.
  • Account settings: New account settings tab has been added to make it easier to view or modify your account settings.
  • Internationalization: Dropbox now supports 5 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.

You can visit Dropbox's mobile interface by pointing your Windows Phone to http://www.dropbox.com/m. And if you agree that Dropbox should develop a mobile app, head on over here to Votebox (you have to register with Dropbox to vote).  Last time I checked, the yes voted totaled 5,765.

Thanks goes out to Leonal for the tip!


Reader comments

Should Dropbox offer a Windows Phone App?


absolutely...if only because all the other users get an extra 250MB when they install the official app on THEIR device :)

Honest question - Why would one need Dropbox with access to Skydrive and your live.com account?(don't have a wp7 device yet. but soon)

Dropbox especially appeals to people who are Windows and Linux users. While Windows and MacOS have a Skydrive client, I haven't found anything that will successfully allow me to sync using my Linux machines.

cause dropbox integrates across every platform: mac, windows, android, iphone, ipad, etc...WP7 already has LindyBox Free which is the same as dropbox...but wouldn't mind an app from dropbox itself.

I have a account but I don't use it.. But sure the more apps the better. Im sure skydrive gets the job done but who doesn't want choices?

What I think is interesting is that at the time of the WP7 launch, there were several 'well known' developers on board (yes, there's chatter that Microsoft courted them) when there were zero users for the WP7 platform.Now, given all the shine that Mango is receiving from users and tech blogs, better, newer devices on the way, as well as Microsoft being a highly valued company, not to mention Windows 8 on the horizon, I'd think that a developer such as this wouldn't need a 'poll' as an indication as to whether there is interest or moreso, whether they should develop an app for Windows Phone! Yes, I know some developers want to know if it'll be worth their time to invest in a new platform with, currently, a smaller user group than iOS or Android, but where's the vision? The WP userbase is going to grow, so why aren't they already on board? They clearly have features that are different, some features may be more beneficial than what's available on Skydrive; well, why isn't that reason enough - you offer a product that differentiates itself enough that would be attractive to current users, and to current users of other operating systems that use Dropbox, it would make migrating over to WP easier.Anyway, didn't mean to rant; just not understanding the need for the poll. I mean, how many yes votes will it take for them to say 'we'll do it' - 6,000? 500,000? All the yes votes in this poll won't necessarily equate to the same number of downloads of the app, so just skip the poll, and get to working on the app!

As someone who is considering the Windows phone, I'm wondering about Skydrive. Does skydrive allow you to save into the cloud as well as on your hard drive.Dropbox simultaneously stores your file on their servers as well as putting that file on each of your computers. That is a big deal.Does skydrive do this?If not, then I vote for Dropbox.

As a business looking to expand and to grow, you do what it takes to attract more customers even if it means supporting wp7. Why this nonsense survey? Failed company that will be bought out in future. Example, Motorola.

I would like them to because I have a dropbox and would like access to it from my phone. I have an ebook reader app that can touch my dropbox for ebooks so why not the full app?

I used dropbox since a long time ago, and it was a great feature to have on my android phone when I was using it. I'd like to see it on WP.

I would definitely use a Dropbox app. I use Pocket Files now along with Skydrive. I find it much easier to use Dropbox for mass files and working with a tiered file structure. Pocket Files does a good job but I wish I could edit my office files or upload new files from my phone. If Dropbox can create a complete app with total usability, I will pay for it.

same here, tried different already existing Dropbox clients and Pocket Files so far seem to be the best. But it's a bit buggy and didn't have updates for a long time.

As long as they continue to make the use of a correct password optional, I'm fine with it. Who needs security anyway?

I think it'd be great if WP7 had a dropbox app, the more the merrier, and there are a lot of people using dropbox currently that would find it very useful.But what I really want is for MS to crank up skydrive for WP to 11 and make dropbox practically obsolete. C'mon, MS has been in the cloud for ages, but in about a week Apple is going to pull this out like it's the second coming.