Thanks to the people at 9to5Mac, we’ve learned a piece of news that probably won’t be very funny to those who own a slightly older Mac: Dropbox, the arch-famous cloud storage service, will only work on computers with OS X 10.6 or higher from May 18th. Users whose Mac is running OS X 10.5 or older will be forced to upgrade their operating system.
Don’t panic: this doesn’t mean that users who can’t update will run out of Dropbox, let alone that anyone will lose their documents and photos in the cloud. It will still be possible for those who have stayed in OS X 10.5 Leopard to access their Dropbox folders via the company’s website , but the convenience of the Mac application will be a thing of the past. Users with an older version of OS X will be automatically de-logged and unable to log in again.
Technology is advancing relentlessly, and while it’s true that some users will be harmed by this Dropbox decision we also have to understand that we’re talking about really veteran OS X versions: OS X 10.5 Leopard was announced in 2005 and released in 2007, without going any further. It’s been no less than 8 years, the same that has passed since the first iPhone was introduced.
On the other hand, although Dropbox is probably, as we pointed out, the best known cloud storage service, it has long since ceased to be the most popular . Alternatives such as Google Drive, OneDrive or Mega, to name just three out of dozens, offer much more in the end … and for much less.
And what do you think of this decision by the people of Dropbox? Will any of you be affected by it? Or maybe the question should be: Do you still use Dropbox or do you prefer other cloud storage services? Don’t forget to tell us.