Dropbox has begun notifying users of its service to inform them that, as of 16 January 2018, it will automatically sign out any computers running certain older operating systems. The Mac systems include those running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard through 10.8 Mountain Lion; Windows Vista systems will also lose desktop support on that date. Not that it matters much, but you won’t be able to download or install the Dropbox desktop app on those systems after 3 November 2017.

Although the vast majority of Mac users have updated their Macs to later versions of OS X and macOS, some continue to run older versions. Many tend to be folk who, like me, have kept a Snow Leopard system operating in order to run PowerPC-based applications; Snow Leopard was the last Mac OS that supported Rosetta, the PowerPC emulator that enabled Intel-based Macs to run such apps (see “Rosetta and Lion: Get Over It?,” 23 May 2011).

  • Mac OS X - Dropbox online backup features. Dropbox has some cool features, including: File syncing. Works across Mac, Linux, and Windows systems. You can specify users who can access files, or have public folders. This is my interest, finding a Mac online backup system for my sister and nieces.
  • In-built photo viewer on Dropbox. To download Dropbox for OS X Mountain Lion follow the below link. Download the app if you want the update now or if you are already using Dropbox on your Mac you may get update to the newest version with support for OS X Mountain Lion in the coming weeks.
  • System requirements for the Dropbox app for Mac computers. If you have a Mac computer and you want to run the Dropbox app, you need to use: Operating system OS X Yosemite (10.10) up to macOS Catalina (10.15).

This is not to say that such older systems will be completely cut off from accessing Dropbox files. Dropbox says that older systems running a “supported browser” should still be able to access files through the Dropbox Web site. We’ll see how long Web browsers compatible with those older operating systems remain supported. Dropbox provides more information about the end of desktop support for older systems in its help center.

There are undoubtedly many reasons, in addition to the Snow Leopard example I mentioned above, for users to stick with older versions of Mac operating systems — the old saw that “the way to recognize pioneers is from the arrows in their backs” comes to mind. Nonetheless, computer operating systems, like everything under the sun (and the sun itself), have finite lifetimes, and laggards now suffer the same fate as pioneers.

Adam Engst told us “Why You Should Upgrade (On Your Own Terms)” (4 September 2015), and his advice about upgrading still holds true: “wait if you want, but don’t wait too long.” Dropbox’s latest news illustrates why you don’t want to wait too long.

The Mac app for cloud file syncing and sharing service Dropbox is becoming more transparent about asking for permission from its users. The change applies to macOS Sierra, which Apple released earlier today, and it will be coming to OS X in the next few weeks.

The change comes after Dropbox facedcriticism over how the app got accessibility permission without asking for it. (You can check if it has that permission by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and looking under Accessibility in the Privacy tab.)

“We want to do a better job with how we ask for permissions,” a Dropbox spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.

Now the Dropbox Mac app will ask you to give it accessibility permission. It’s for “the Dropbox badge (Office integrations) and other integrations (finding windows & other UI interactions),” the spokesperson wrote.

. Access your files using Finder in Mac OS, OneDrive online or in the mobile app. Access files offline on your smartphone, Mac, or tablet. Save local space on your Mac with Files On-Demand. File sharing. Share docs, photos, videos, and albums with friends and family. Work in the same document with others in real time with.

Here’s an animated GIF of how Dropbox now asks for accessibility permission in macOS Sierra:

Above: What happens when you install Dropbox on macOS Sierra now.

A Dropbox support page says it’s not currently possible to revoke Dropbox’s accessibility permission in OS X. “We realize this isn’t a great experience, and we’re actively working to make this better,” the company said, noting that some OS X permissions “aren’t as detailed as we’d like.” If you chose to disable Dropbox’s accessibility permission, that change will be overridden when you restart.

Further, with today’s changes, Dropbox may not operate well alongside iCloud if you’ve installed macOS Sierra. Dropbox has suggestions for dealing with issues here.

Dropbox competes with Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive, among others. It has more than 500 million registered users.

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Dropbox previously dealt with blowback for the way its Project Infinite system accesses the operating system kernel. That technology, which is still in technology preview, is not related to the new permission flow, the spokesperson wrote.

Update at 6:14 p.m. Pacific: Clarified that the change will be coming to OS X; it’s not available yet.

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