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Dropbox 2.0 update brings new menu interface to Windows and Mac

Dropbox has launched a new version of its desktop client for Mac and Windows with a refreshed look and feel.

The latest version, Dropbox 2.0, should give users more visibility into activity on their account and faster access to files.

There's a new drop-down menu, which essentially serves as a news feed from which users can see what's going on with their account. From the new Dropbox menu icon, users can see recently added or changed files, view and accept pending invitations and shared files from other users, and see the overall status of their Dropbox sync.

"If someone shares a link with you, you can now get to it immediately — directly from the Dropbox menu," according to a post on the Dropbox blog. "You'll get notifications in real time as people share with you, and can see them later just by clicking the Dropbox icon."

From the new Dropbox menu icon, users can also quickly share recently changed files with other users.

In addition, Dropbox mobile users will also now get notifications when someone has shared a folder with them, the company said. This feature is available on the latest versions of the Dropbox iOS and Android apps.

The new desktop version can be downloaded directly from the Dropbox website.

Founded in 2007, Dropbox hit 100 million users this past November. The company also last year partnered with Vimeo to ease the video-uploading process, and added the ability to share stored files inside Facebook Groups.