Dropbox has Acquired CloudOn, Shall We Expect Improvements?
If you are an avid smartphone user you would know of CloudOn, the mobile based document creation and editing service that has been around for quite a few years now. Looks like their time is up, DropBox has acquired the company!
The best part about their service was the compatibility offered across various file hosting services that included DropBox itself, Google Drive, Box and so on.
However, the game is changing now as other services are springing up from the official sources; like Microsoft’s support for Office on iOS. Which is why it might just have been a good idea for them to drop the curtain.
CloudOn was founded by a group of three; Jay Zaveri, Milind Gadekar and Meir Morgenstern on October 1, 2009. Ever since then, they have been providing cloud storage to users all over the globe.
That is all about to change now, as DropBox takes over, the founders have taken to the official website of their company and announced the news themselves:
Today, we’re taking the next step toward our vision of reimagining docs – by joining the Dropbox team. Our companies share similar values, are committed to helping people work better, and together we can make an even greater impact.
In the short term, we’ll be shutting down the CloudOn service on March 15, 2015 and won’t be accepting any new users as of today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and we’re here to help make this transition painless for you.
At the time of its takeover, CloudOn has over 9 million users worldwide and there have been around 90 million documents that this user base shared, created or edited online with them. While it is much smaller than what DropBox has achieved, it is not a small figure it itself.
The plans of DropBox after the acquisition involve creation of some collaboration tools for the services that they are offering.
While DropBox is huge, they could really use some help making sure that in time their services include all the three necessary offerings i.e. storage, collaboration functions and creation tools.
Let’s see what the future has in store for them.
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