To all active users of Ubuntu One file services, it is an unfortunate to have this news from their official website. As I check my emails, I got a written notification regarding the Ubuntu One file services, and this pertains to their discontinuing the services effective in June 1, 2014.
As I confirmed it, I was sad for discontinuing their great files services in Ubuntu One, but for whatever the reasons, I might as well backup all my contents to the local hard drive. To Ubuntu One file services users, we have until July 31, 2014 to collect all the necessary files/contents. After the said date, it will be deleted.
From here, I dig up more information about the Shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, and from the Official blog of Canonical website, written by Jane Silber, this is her statement:
“Our strategic priority for Ubuntu is making the best converged operating system for phones, tablets, desktops and more. In fact, our user experience, developer tools for apps and scopes, and commercial relationships have been constructed specifically to highlight third party content and services (as opposed to our own); this is one of our many differentiators from our competitors. Additionally, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage. If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make. We choose instead to invest in making the absolute best, open platform and to highlight the best of our partners’ services and content.”
“As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services will not be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, and the Ubuntu One apps in older versions of Ubuntu and in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately. The current services will be unavailable from 1 June 2014; user content will remain available for download until 31 July, at which time it will be deleted.”
My first impression was, is this an April fool’s joke? Many readers did ask the same question. Unfortunately, it was no joke, and the news is a really fact indeed. I guess we can’t blame them, there mere fact that it’s really hard to compete that nowadays, there are a lot of companies offers free online storage which caters 25GB to 50GB free storages.
I am quite sad about the news, but it also a good sign that the Canonical/Ubuntu will continue their services to provide good quality of open platform to the users around the world. So for the Ubuntu One Team, good job and thank you for the years in providing us, the good quality of file services that we will never forget.
(Disclosure: Ubuntu One and Canonical Info / Video / Logo / Images / Pictures have a respective copyright. We used it for demonstration purpose only.)
If something in your mind to comment or suggest, please let us know. In our efforts to provide detailed information, there is possibility of inaccurate contents. If you see any mistake or incomplete in our information, please don’t hesitate to tell us. We will fix it immediately as soon as possible.
Related Links / Articles / Entries / References / Sources:
Ubuntu One – The service has been discontinued – Official Site
Shutting down Ubuntu One file services – Canonical Blog – Official Site