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The official support page relating to Mac OS Monterey 12.3 Dropbox compatibility is 2 months old now, and Apple just released (April 2022) first beta version of 12.4 and patched 12.3 with 12.3.1, but still no references to current status other than "in late march we will release a beta version...". How can I know is the beta version is now secure or how many days, weeks or months (or years!) do we still need to wait for the final stable release of a 12.3 and up supported version of Dropbox?
Hey @Nousmedis, thanks for your interest in this.
As you know, we are actively working on full support for macOS 12.3 (Monterey).
The private beta version is currently available to select users.
If you are interested in joining, you can turn on early releases, to be notified, when you are eligible. More information can be found here.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for your reply, Hannah. The question is, Mac OS is prompting everyday to upgrade to latest release (12.3.1) for security reasons, but I'm afraid we won't be able to work with Dropbox by manually selecting folders to sync, as we use laptops with reduced storage and rely entirely in Dropbox for our day to day work. So the question is: is secure to use the beta version? what's the schedule for the final version?
For a service that has become so embedded in my (and many other people's) digital working, it is deeply troubling that Dropbox isn't up to speed with Mac updates.... makes me wonder if I should be looking elsewhere for remote storage/sharing.
Hi @Nousmedis, are you referring to the beta version of the Dropbox app itself, or related to the Mac OS 12.4 beta?
@Jay I'm referring to the beta version of Dropbox. Version 12.3.1 of Mac OS is a final release, not a beta version, and each day its prompting to update (for security reasons) in all my workers screen. As we use a business account with laptops, all the critical data is stored online, and Dropbox automatically keeps our limited storage hard drives free of outdated documents. That's the key selling point for us. We open/close hundreds of documents each day, from thousands of different folders.
Now the dilemma is: do we update to the latest Mac OS release (for security reasons) and then keep our hard drives free by manually syncing files (losing a precious time), or keep the previous version of Mac OS (12.2) in order to allow the correct function of Dropbox (but at a risk of being attacked by some of the 30 security unpatched holes in the operating system)
Our company is in a similar situation. We have staff members scattered throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Because we have multiple people working on individual files throughout all 24 hours of a day and because we too have folks with the latest MacBooks with tiny SSDs, it's not feasible to have everyone store all their files locally. Ironically, our workflow evolved based on Dropbox's advancements in sharing files stored in the Cloud. We currently have a companywide order not to upgrade Mac OS to 12.3 until Dropbox issues a fix. The fact Dropbox has not updated users on progress to fixing this situation is simply not acceptable. We are exploring options other than Dropbox, but for the sheer sake of convenience, we'd prefer to stay with Dropbox. Dropbox, PLEASE let us know what's going on.
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