Dropbox CEO Drew Houston announced a new effort at this week's Dropbox Developers' Conference. Houston wants Dropbox to become the “spiritual successor to the hard drive.” He says the hard drive needs to be replaced because so many of us are doing so much computing on devices that don’t fit the traditional paradigm for working with files. Users don’t interact with files on iOS, Android, or the web the way they do on PCs. Apps for handheld devices usually don’t have “open” or “save” options that launch a separate window where you tap through a folder tree.
Now, if developers take to the company’s new tools, the service will escape the confines of this folder, fusing with third-party apps running on practically every computer and smartphone operating system.
You can read more in an article by Marcus Wohlsen in the Wired online magazine at http://www.wired.com/business/2013/07/dropbox/.
It strikes me this is not a radical departure from Dropbox's present service. With desktop and laptop computer operating systems, you can already save most files to Dropbox, if you click on enough icons. With tablets and so-called "smartphones," you can sometimes save to Dropbox, sometimes not, depending upon the application you are using at the moment. Drew Houston now wants to change that process to be equally quick, easy, and intuitive on all computer devices that communicate with the Internet.
Houston also stated, "Tom Cruise in Minority Report is not carrying around a thumb drive or logging into Gmail to pick up his attachment." Drew Houston apparently feels that is a realistic goal for the future versions of Dropbox.