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Dropbox adds web based link sharing to stored files

Dropbox has announced a new way for users of its cloud-based file storage service to share their files with others. The company announced today that its subscribers can now send their friends a simple web link to show off their pictures, videos and documents without the need for their friends to download any of those files.

This new feature will be helpful for businesses who might want to share some presentations or documents with others who don't have a Dropbox account and don't want them to actually edit those presentations. It can also be used for more personal activities such as showing off vacation pictures to friends quickly or sending a link of a home video to someone without the person on the other end having to download that video.

Dropbox still allows its users the option to allow friends or business workers to download or directly share any of their stored files.  In its announcement, the company states:

Don’t know when to use links instead of shared folders? Here’s our advice: if multiple people need to edit the same set of stuff, a shared folder is best. If not, then links are the way to go! Linking is much faster, and it’s also the best way to make your content shine on the web.

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