Archive for September, 2011

Ubuntu One now works on Windows!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

It’s been a long time coming but today we are thrilled to tell you that the much anticipated Ubuntu One official client for Windows is now available for download.

A question we get asked a lot is…..why an Ubuntu One Windows client?

Well there are a few reasons: The most important is we listen to our users. We have long received feedback from Ubuntu users regarding their evolving needs to manage all their content  from a single, secure place across multiple platforms and devices. We’ve looked at many use cases, the most common being the Ubuntu user who is using more than one device or OS. Many people have to work in Windows or Mac environments, even if they prefer to use Ubuntu as their home desktop or OS of choice. Another case is enabling more opportunities for sharing across platforms. For example families using different operating systems in one household can use Ubuntu One as their central place to store all their music, documents, photos and share them easily with each other and friends.

Ubuntu One has a clearly defined strategy of being multi-platform, Windows is one element of that strategy. We believe in giving all users regardless of platform, access to one of the best personal cloud services available. We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy Ubuntu One and as a consequence, want to know more about all the great benefits of using Ubuntu.

Based on all of this feedback we released our first Windows client beta back in November 2010. Since then, it’s certainly been a labour of love for the team but they have done an excellent job creating a lightweight Windows desktop app so you can use all the great features of Ubuntu One on a Windows machine. This is a major milestone for the Ubuntu One team and we’d like to say well done to Roberto, Manuel, Natalia, Alejandro, Diego, Lisette, Andrews- Junior, Joshua, Sian and everyone else who has contributed.

However, the real heroes are our loyal beta testers, so we wanted to take this opportunity to say a great big thank you to our community who have been reporting bugs and giving us feedback for twelve months. Due to this we have been able to improve the Ubuntu One Windows installer to the slick official version now available for downloadWe couldn’t have done it without you!

Ubuntu One for Windows is easy to use, all you have to do is:

  1. Save the installer to your computer
    Save Ubuntu One for Windows installer
  2. Double-click on the download in your web browser’s download status to launch the installer.
    Run the Ubuntu One for Windows installer
  3. Setup – If you already have an Ubuntu One account sign in with your existing account. If you are new to Ubuntu One, you will be asked to set up an Ubuntu One Free account, this also gives you 5GB of free cloud storage. On successful registration an email will be sent to you with a verification code. Copy and paste that code into the installer when prompted.
    Setup Ubuntu One for Windows
  4. Next click the “Start setup” button to select folders you want to sync to your personal cloud. You can select folders on your computer to sync with your personal cloud at any time in the application.
    Select folders to sync with Ubuntu One for Windows
  5. Ubuntu One will take care of the rest…you are now ready to get started syncing, sharing and streaming!
    Ubuntu One for Windows running

If you want any more information about Ubuntu One for Windows or in general contact us on the Ubuntu Community Forums, facebook and twitter

The Ubuntu One team

Our first App Developer talk

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Back in July we officially launched our App Developer Program. Last Thursday we held our first app developer evening at Manchester Metropolitan University, it was an informal event for students and local developers.

We had a great time so we’d like to say a big thanks to Darren Dancey from Manchester Met for inviting us and thanks to everyone else who came along.

Stuart Langridge was on top form as usual and held a brilliant talk, then went on to hold court in the pub afterwards. We received some really helpful feedback from the attendees, with the majority of people saying they found the talk both useful and interesting.

Some great questions where asked and we had lively discussions around some really interesting topics, always good to get out there and talk to developers to further understand their needs and motivations. It’s certainly something we’ll be looking to do again so keep your eye on the blog for future event details.