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Amazon Cloud Drive gets more Dropbox-like, adds file syncing

By having file syncing for its personal cloud storage service, Amazon joins the likes of Dropbox and Box.

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One would have assumed that Amazon, the Web services cloud giant, would already have had file syncing available for its personal cloud storage service, Cloud Drive.

Turns out that the digital lockers didn't have that capability until recently.

The Verge reported today that the company has quietly rolled out the new feature to Cloud Drive users.

File syncing seems like it should be a fairly standard feature for any cloud-based storage and collaboration platform, and Amazon's version doesn't seem much different.

Basically, users can just drop a file into a specified folder. That file is automatically uploaded and then synced with any other devices running Amazon Cloud Drive. This is already available from the likes of Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive.

It's a tad surprising that it would take this long for Amazon to catch up.

But perhaps with such a strong focus (and leadership) in the enterprise space, Amazon is now paying more attention to its consumer cloud offerings -- at least beyond what it has in the entertainment space with Prime.

This story originally appeared at ZDNet's Between the Lines under the headline "Amazon Cloud Drive ups its game with file syncing."