Dropbox enables e-mail uploads, local competitor Kleii stays focus
With “Send to Dropbox” out, will Kleii follow suit? The Vietnamese cloud service explains that it would be simpler to just auto-sync.By Elaine Huang 27 Feb, 2013
It was just a side project of Twitter engineer Ralph Holzmann about two and a half years back ,but now the feature is live and up. What used to be a basic feature that lacked refining has now a slap of polish and some bugs ironed out, moving past the typical hobby project.
Users only have to sign up, get a unique email address and when files are sent, they will automatically land in the user’s Dropbox account.
With a new support ticketing system to handle issues with more efficiency, a re-designed backend to minimize downtime and fully deletable accounts, among other noteworthy features, “Send to Dropbox” seems like something users can take advantage of to increase productivity.
The paid version costs US$3 per month or US$29 a year in advance. Going “Pro” will allow users to gain control over the email address they send files to, have different settings and better support, as well as prevent third parties from sending files to your Dropbox account by white-listing email settings.
However, we also wanted to know what this would mean for Asian cloud services, like Kleii. The Vietnamese cloud service which hit 100,000 users in the first three months of operation, just expanded its services to Australia recently.
“Personally, I’ve thought about this before but then I decided not to do anything. Why do you need to send a file manually to cloud storage by email? I would rather to go to the web and direct upload to cloud or install our software. Kleii wants to focus to auto syncing more than manually,” said Kleii co-founder Nguyen Tuan Son.
He also explained that at Kleii, users are able to share files through e-mail, with a right click function in the folder on the desktop, and opined, “Why do you need to spend more time attaching the file to your e-mail and then waiting for it to sync back to your device? You can always access the browser to upload or use the application.”
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