Dropbox’s Project Infinite’s iOS-ification of the Desktop

There was a lot of excitement last week when Dropbox unveiled their latest addition, which they’re calling Project Infinite.

Project Infinite will enable users to seamlessly and securely access all their Dropbox files from the desktop, regardless of how much space they have available on their hard drives. Everything in the company’s Dropbox that you’re given access to, whether it’s stored locally or in the cloud, will show up in Dropbox on your desktop. If it’s synced locally, you’ll see the familiar green checkmark, while everything else will have a new cloud icon.

The tech press was in love with this innovation, and with good reason. We want access to all our files, but we don’t really want the taking up our precious hard drive space all the time. With Infinite, you can keep as many or as few files stored locally and then have on-demand access to everything else.

This sounds great and clever, but it’s really what Dropbox has already been doing in iOS and Android for years. That’s not to knock the new feature, but it is interesting to see a feature that was originally designed to work around the limitations of mobile be adopted on the desktop and lauded for being an improvement.