Dropbox introduced today the ability to share your files or folders by links.
In other words, the service generates links to your files and folders which can then be shared with the wider web through mediums like email.
“Sharing with friends and family is easy! Once you’ve saved that video of your niece’s birthday party to Dropbox, just make a link to send to grandma and she can simply watch online — no download required!” according to the announcement. “This saves you the hassle of having to re-upload or attach it to an email.”
The link allows receivers to view but not edit the stuff within your file or folder, complete with gallery pages for viewing pictures, videos or presentations. Receivers will also have the ability to download the picture or PDF to their own device, or to save it to their own Dropbox.
This news comes just as Microsoft and Google have been beefing up their own online storage services.
Microsoft announced today new features for its SkyDrive online storage service, including a desktop app that inter-ropes with Windows mobile apps. Now on Microsoft’s SkyDrive, your files and folders can be synced among the Metro Style app for Windows 8 and Skydrive for Windows desktop, and all your files can be accessed from any device using the “fetch” feature, which lets you log in to the cloud to retrieve any file or folder that’s saved in your Skydrive. New SkyDrive users also get 7GB of free storage.
Meanwhile, Google has been hard at work on Google Drive, a new storage service that’s supposed to come out later this week.