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Dropbox Platform Moves Even More Data To The Cloud

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Dropbox Platform Moves Even More Data To The Cloud

Aiming to replace the hard drive, Dropbox launched a slew of new products for its developer platform Tuesday at its first developer conference.

Dropbox’s Drew Houston also announced that the company now has more than 175 million users, up from 100 million in November. It also has more than 100,000 developers on its platform.

Dropbox, which has been valued at around $4 billion, is moving beyond just syncing files. With its new Datastore API, developers can sync contact lists, settings, to-do lists or gaming states (how far you are in a game). Essentially any data that can be used in an app can now be synced through Dropbox. This is key as more mobile devices proliferate.

The Datastore API can also do things like sync data across offline and online apps–for example when you’re on an airplane with no Internet connection, and ensure that all devices are in sync.

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