FILE SHARING SERVICE Dropbox has issued several announcements in the run up to its anticipated initial public offering (IPO) later this year.
At an event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Dropbox unveiled Carousel, a photo and video sharing service designed to be a central repository for media files up to the capacity of the user's Dropbox account. Carousel is available on the web, with Android and iOS apps also available.
Also new is an Android client for Mailbox, the popular iOS email service that was bought out by Dropbox last year. A desktop version is also on the way, as the company hopes to expand the brand into a service to take on Apple's and Google's products.
We tried to download Mailbox, but it was incompatible with almost every device we tried. Perhaps it will achieve broader compatibility in the future.
Finally, Dropbox for Business has been given a makeover that allows users to link personal and business accounts in a single view, while keeping accounts and capacities separate. This move will appeal particularly to advocates of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement.
As the move towards becoming a public company moves closer, Dropbox revealed a number of new appointments, most surprising of which must be the addition of former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.
Rice is joining the board to advise on global operations, where her knowledge of international affairs gained from the 'war on terror' will be applied to address getting Dropbox recognised in countries like China, where censorship laws can present problems for filesharing companies. µ