Dropbox updates desktop client with streaming sync: Up to 2x faster via overlapping uploads and downloads


Dropbox today announced its desktop client is getting streaming sync, a new feature that significantly reduces the time needed to synchronize large files. You can download the new version now from dropbox.com, and the company promises the improvement will be rolled out “over the next couple weeks.” Currently, Dropbox splits its file synchronization into distinct upload and download phases. In other words, a file needs to be uploaded in its entirety before other clients can begin to download it. With streaming sync, the two phases are done almost concurrently via the Dropbox’s servers, hence the “streaming” name. The company claims...

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