Nokia has announced that it will be retiring its cloud file storage service, Ovi Files from October 1 onwards. An e-mail from the company to Ovi File users informed them that the service would be terminated on October 1 and that they should “make sure to uninstall the Ovi Files Connector installed on your personal computer.” Nokia has attempted to reassure users by saying that “You will still be able to share content between your phone and PC using another Nokia product, Nokia Ovi Suite,” which is a tad ironical when one considers the fact that the whole purpose of Ovi Files was storing one’s work on the cloud, independent of the computer.
Ovi Files, which was launched after Nokia acquired cloud storage compant Avvenu, allowed users to store files on the Internet and sync them with their handsets. It was a pretty handy service and might even have flourished but for the fact that the likes of Dropbox seemed to be easier to use. Ovi Files had been launched with fanfare but had been losing ground and now it seems, is set to be consigned to history as another Nokia software product that did not really take off, in spite of having considerable promise, joining the likes of N-Gage. Sad, really.