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In the past, PCs and mobile devices running on Microsoft’s operating system had different app stores, so if users wanted to access, for example, Netflix, they had to get the application from the store for computers and if they wanted it on their smartphones, they had to download the application from the store for mobile devices. Microsoft has introduced universal applications in Windows 8.1, and users were able to download an application once for all their devices. In January was released Dropbox’s universal application and a few days ago version 4.3 arrived with five important changes.



Dropbox has some features that are not offered by OneDrive app, such as support for Windows Hello, Microsoft’s biometric authentication which uses fingerprint or facial recognition, as well as comments made by other users. The application is getting better and better, receiving improvements every now and then and version 4.3 introduced five new features.

According to changelog, users are now able to cast their videos (stored on their Dropbox account) to other screens with one button, no matter if they stream them to a laptop, tablet or phone. Also, we should specify that the application supports DLNA, Xbox, Miracast and others.

The second change is related to advanced comments notifications, which will improve users’ productivity, as they will be able to reply directly to comments from the Action Center, so they won’t need to launch the application.

The third newly introduced feature wallows users to save/export multiple files at once, and they no longer see the “downloading” screen, so they will continue to use the application even if they’re downloading files.

There’s a new UX for file actions, so when right-clicking on a file, users see a flyout menu, not multi-selection. Finally, the last change is related to the full-screen mode, which has been improved, as the system tray is now hidden and users can see better pictures and videos without being distracted.

Dropbox 4.3 universal app can be found on the Windows Store. The file hosting service offers a Basic plan with 2GB of free storage, a Pro plan with 1TB of storage, but with a monthly subscription of $9.99, but for teams are offered the Business and Enterprise plans.

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