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There are many cloud services that allow you to upload and download your data from anywhere and Box is yet another multi-platform solution with a native Box app for Windows 8.

Box is already incredibly popular, with around 25 million users and 225,000 companies using it, including many Fortune 500 companies. Box offers a wealth of features and gives you a generous 10GB of free storage. Keep your eyes peeled because this can sometimes increase depending on Box promotions throughout the year. The Box app for Windows 8 makes it even easier to store, manage, and work with all your files and documents from your PC desktop.

The advantages of using a service like Box include the ability to access to all your files at all times, to always have the most up-to-date information about your business and to review projects and leave feedback on the go. And of course, if you’re a manager or team leader you can always keep tabs on the latest work from your team. This is particularly important for those that have large mobile workforces scattered across different regions or countries, although if your budget permits, you may be better off with a cloud-based collaboration app such as eXo Platform, Igloo Software, or Zoho Docs.


The best laid plans often fall by the wayside. You may start off with the intension of keep your files neatly organized so you know where everything is, but how long before you end up with folders called ‘stuff’, ‘misc’ and ‘to sort’ littering your desktop?

With DropIt, all of this could come to an end as your file organisation can be taken care of for you. Now rather than having to drag and drop file after file into suitable folders, you can define rules that sort them for you automatically. Read on to see how this tool could help you out.


Your system is running slow again. Starting up your computer is excruciatingly painful. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that you don’t shut it down for days just to avoid waiting for it to start up. You haven’t cleaned up your registry in a while. You haven’t even cleared out your browsing history since you bought the machine.. You know you need to fix it, but there’s so many problems you don’t even know where to start. Well Wise Care 365 might be for you, because it’ll do everything in one place.

This all-in-one system cleaner can help speed up your computer and clean up your files, leaving you with a fresher and cleaner experience. Read more for the full review and usage walk through.


Windows Explorer is a – mostly – functional, if slightly, dull way of viewing the data you have stored on your hard drive. If you are looking for a particular file or folder, Explorer is a practical, non-nonsense tool that lets you get the job done.

But if you yearn for something more attractive, if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, if beauty is what you crave from your utilities, Spyglass is the sort of tool for you.


How many file synchronization services exist these days? If you find that you are working with more than one computer on a frequent basis using a service such as Google Docs or Dropbox saves you the hassle of having to manually transfer the documents you need as it can all be taken care of for you.

The problem with the vast majority of tools that can be used to synchronize files is that they are based on cloud storage and there are limits on the amount of space you have available to you free of charge. This is not the case with Syncbox which enables you set up one computer as a server which will then push file to your connected devices


Explorer may not be the most advanced file management tool that’s available, but it does get the job done. If you’ve been a Windows user for any length of time, you’ve probably grown used to hitting the Windows key and E to fire up Explorer.

This is the reason that it can be difficult to move to an Explorer replacement – your memory muscle will almost invariably default to using the known shortcut and you may well find that you end up defaulting back to Explorer. Clover is an Explorer add-on that enables you to stick with Windows’ built in file browser while gaining some extra features.


For day to day tasks Windows Explorer gets the job done, but it is far from being the most versatile file manager that’s available. If you spend a good proportion of your time working with files – organizing them, backing them up, searching, etc – you’ll quickly find that Explorer leaves a lot to be desired.

There is a burgeoning market for Explorer replacement tools, and the use of the word ‘market’ should come as an indication that many of these tools come at a price. The same cannot be said of FileMind (for the time-being, at least) which is an astonishingly good file manger which I wanted to share with you.


Whether you are working with music files you have ripped or otherwise acquired, organizing your digital photo collection, or almost any other type of file, the problem of having to rename large numbers of files is one that we all face from time to time.

Rather than manually renaming your photos so they are more easily identifiable, or renaming individual music tracks one by one, you can turn to FiRE – the File Renaming Engine – to do the hard work for you.


Windows Explorer does a basic job for Windows pretty well. But when using it, you can’t feel but that it’s a bit under featured. In the common situation where I’m working with more than one folder at the same time, I have to manage a separate Explorer window for each folder. That was once the normal state for applications, but lately application designers have begun bundling similar tasks into a single window.

Multi-document interfaces date back to the early days of Windows, but became very popular when adopted by many popular web browsers several years ago. The native Windows Explorer application hasn’t followed this pattern so for actions such as dragging files from one folder to another you must keep separate windows open. Will TabExplorer improve your computing experience? Let’s find out!

Editor’s Note: Often, an app is interesting enough to warrant multiple, different perspectives on its functionality and usability. Last week, you read Mark’s take on TabExplorer. This week, we’re going to take another look at it!


There are two types of Windows user – those who like to keep their hard drives organized, and those who don’t. If you fall into the second category, you’re probably used to hunting high and low on your desktop for that files you know you stuck there sometime last week, or scouring folders to find a photos from a trip last year.

If your desktop looks like an explosion in an icon factory, Belvedere could be the organization and clean up tool you have been looking for. This simple yet powerful tool can be used to automatically organize your files using a set of rules.


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