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Introducing our Universal Search

by Jolicloud Team – 15 comments

December 4th, 2014

Drive is the best way to connect and browse all your online content from one place, just like you used to do with your computer before.

Until today we had a search by service but no global search. The team has worked relentlessly to provide you with that feature. We call it Universal Search, and it’s awesome!

Now you can search through all your different Google Drive, Dropbox or Box accounts. Type “mp3” for instance and find all the music you have stored online.


The last search is saved in the sidebar so you can go back to its results at anytime.

This feature is available to everyone as of today, and Pro users can search all the additional accounts they have attached to Drive.

Happy joliclouding!

Please note that the Universal Search works with the services that have implemented a search feature (Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, MediaFire, OneDrive due to API limitations from Microsoft doesn’t let us open content from search results for now. We are working on a solution and we are sorry for the inconvenience.

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Access all your content from CloudApp and Droplr from your Drive

by Jolicloud Team – 2 comments

November 24th, 2014

At Jolicloud we love using CloudApp and Droplr, they are extremely convenient to quickly share files or screenshots to friends and colleagues.
We thought it would be a good idea to bring them into Drive to easily access their content and move any files to another storage service!

CloudApp in Jolicloud Drive (grid view)

Droplr in Jolicloud Drive (list view)

Happy Joliclouding!

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We’ve improved the documents viewing experience in Drive

by Jolicloud Team – 3 comments

November 12th, 2014

Some of you may have noticed last week that we have seriously improved the documents viewing experience in Jolicloud Drive.

Our new Office Web Viewer allows you to more easily manipulate your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents directly from your browser without leaving Drive.

Office Web Viewer

We have also integrated a new PDF reader that works much better than the previous one.

PDF reader

If you haven’t tried it yet, you can read ebooks saved in your storage services in epub and mobi formats directly in your browser.

ebook reader

All theses updates are already live, we can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Happy reading in Drive!

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Jolicloud loves Copy

by Jolicloud Team – 3 comments

November 5th, 2014

Here it is, as of today you can now connect Copy to your Jolicloud Drive.

You’ve been asking us to support this service for quite some time and our team has worked hard for it. Because of some limitations on the Copy side you can’t do as much as on the other services but you should be able to enjoy most of it.

If you don’t know about Copy yet, it’s a storage service offering 15 GB for free. This means 15 GB of additional free storage that you can add today on your Drive!

Happy Joliclouding!

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6 years ago we had an idea

by Tariq Krim – 15 comments

October 31st, 2014

6 years ago, Romain and I, surrounded by one of the most dedicated teams ever, started a new platform called Jolicloud.

A platform for the digital “have not”

We designed a beautiful and free alternative to Macs and PCs using the web as the only interface.

We couldn’t build our own laptop at the time, so we made our OS available for download on our website.

Joli OS 1.2

Soon, our product was embraced by early adopters around the world. Sometimes people were so excited that they would buy a netbook just to be part of our adventure.

Jolicloud was very innovative. We introduced a lot of innovations that you now find today in other services. We did iCloud before iCloud and Chrome OS before Chrome OS. It was simple, it was easy, and many users started to give away their Jolicloud netbooks to their parents, grandparents and kids so they could live in the cloud too.

It’s a privilege to be part of a new social computer experiment, and seeing user adoption around the world.

Soon we started to become indispensable in the lives of our users.
Public Schools with no budgets recycling their oldest computers, ruined farmers from the midwest, users in Africa or in Egypt during the Arab spring. They all sent us messages to tell us how Jolicloud changed their life.

Kids at Sotogrande school using Joli OS

It was an incredible, but also an impossible challenge.

Every day would teach us how hard it is to change the status quo in the world of computers.

Our own government would consistently dismiss our platform in favor of US based competitors.
No hardware partner would take the risk of building our computer (except Vye, a great company in the UK who collaborated with us on the Jolibook).

The Jolibook

And soon, we would be in competition with the highly trained PR machines from Google and Mozilla, announcing two years after us their own web based OS.

Maintaining an independent infrastructure has a cost, and last year I decided to stop our operating system to focus on our web platform.

Stopping our best product and turning our back to our most loyal users was the most difficult business decision I have ever made. But we didn’t have the ability to build a good and modern OS anymore.

Everyday, I would regret it. I would be sad. It felt like losing a bit of our identity. And the work on our product started to look more like a web app than a platform.

And yesterday I decided I wanted to change that.

Competing in this new mobile centric world with a web only product is a challenge, but it’s also a gift.

Don’t ever forget that the web belongs to no one. It belongs to everyone!

With Jolicloud, we had a dream of being the last European platform, resisting the common idea that the brand of your device defines what you can or cannot do with your digital life.

But also, we always wanted to build a platform that cares deeply about its users, not using their data and selling their usage patterns to advertisers. We wanted to build a place where we feel at home and can simply access, enjoy, and share our favorite content.

Like for food or music, we believe that being smaller, careful and different can be better.

Since we launched our paid version of Drive, I was surprised by the amount of people who purchased our yearly plan right away.
I decided to talk with some of them, and they told me “oh, we like the Jolicloud spirit, keep up the good work!”

I was blown away.

Over 6 years, we have “infected” more than 1.4 million souls with our passion for doing something different.

And I think today it’s time to come back to that spirit, to that original idea.

To amaze you again

But today it’s not about becoming the alternative to the mega giant offerings. It’s about creating and designing the world we want to live in. With our own rules and a truly open experience.

If we started Jolicloud today, we would not need to build a new OS. Instead, we would take advantage of the fantastic progress that occurred over the last 6 years. Our mobile devices are faster than the netbooks we had when we started. Extending the web on your TV, or using a Chromebook to connect to your home stereo are things we can do just by using web technologies. I am sure even crazier things are possible.

I am already working with my team to figure out a way to use and “hack” this existing web infrastructure and find a new home for Jolicloud inside our most used devices.

In addition to that, we are already looking at how we will connect Jolicloud to all the new available hardware and to the Internet of things.

The web is not dead, it’s just hidden in all the devices we use, and together we can resurface it and use it to do cool things again.

Oh yes, I just wanted to say one more thing to all our users: We love you!

The Jolicloud team

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Drive is more elegant than ever

by Jolicloud Team – 26 comments

September 16th, 2014

At Jolicloud, we pay attention to all the little details of the user experience. From the choice of the color palette to animations, we want to make sure that you experience the best navigation with your content. We’ve introduced some improvements that we think make Drive even more powerful.

A new activity monitor


We’ve rethought the activity monitor in just about every way. Now, we display real time information related to your file transfers. Subtle animations also inform you on how much longer your transfer will take, when it is completed, and other relevant information.

Smarter notifications


Notifications have been redesigned to better fit the product. They are displayed when you upload your content, copy and paste files or when there’s an update available. Notifications are also easier to dismiss and won’t interrupt your work.

Redesigned breadcrumbs


As you will notice, breadcrumbs have been improved and simplified. We love them and we hope you will too.

We are excited to share this new work with you, and also about what’s coming soon. We can’t wait to hear your feedback on the product and on how we should improve the service.


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Master your Drive with keyboard shortcuts

by Jolicloud Team – 4 comments

August 25th, 2014

For some time now, we’ve made keyboard shortcuts available using List View in Drive. Keyboard shortcuts allow for speedy, common actions like Ctrl + X, Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V for cut, copy and paste, but also for lesser known ones like R for rename and S for share. You can also use the arrow keys (or J, K, H, L) for navigating through your cloud storage.

Today, we’re presenting those same keyboard shortcuts to Grid View. Grid View allowed you to get a quick glance at your files in a pleasing, visual layout, and now you can manage those files even faster using your keyboard.

You can use V to switch between List and Grid view at any time.
If you need help, simply press ? for a full list of keyboard shortcuts.

We hope these quick shortcuts will help to speed up your workflow and make your life in the cloud easier. Enjoy!

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Drive Update: Enjoy your files with a beautiful grid view

by Jolicloud Team – 6 comments

July 30th, 2014

Drive has been updated! You can now browse your files with our new grid view.

This new grid view is absolutely perfect for glancing through photos, music, videos or quickly finding that document you were editing last month. Try it today!

Enjoy your files!

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Introducing Drive, the new way to manage your storage

by Jolicloud Team – 10 comments

June 20th, 2014

A couple of days ago we have launched our new app Drive.

Drive is the missing filesystem for the cloud. Most of us are using many different storages, but it has never been easy to access them all at one time. This is why we have created Drive. It combines all your storages and makes it easy to access and share your files. If you are already a Jolicloud user, you just need to log with your existing account and start adding new storage.

For intensive and professional users, we are introducing a Pro version. Drive Pro is the ultimate storage interface. It enables you to add multiple accounts of the same service – such as your work and personal accounts. It also makes it possible for the first time to move files from one storage to another. Just drag and drop and voilà!

We hope you will love Drive and we can’t wait to listen to your feedback. How much space do you have combined? What are the features you want to see, the services you want us to add?

We are looking forward to hear all your feedback, in the meantime pay a visit to our new website and check out more details about Drive.

Happy Joliclouding!

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A Jolicloud renaissance

by Jolicloud Team – 51 comments

May 12th, 2014

Over the last 5 years Jolicloud has become the largest personal cloud platform in the world.

Our journey started with Joli OS, our first product, a free operating system designed to connect low cost computers to the cloud, and downloaded more than 5 million times around the planet.

Joli OS introduced a new kind of interface created by combining data from multiple clouds in one place. From storage to photos, music or productivity Jolicloud invented a new way to access and enjoy our content.
We called it “personal cloud” because we believe that all this content spread across the Internet belongs to you. That all this data is part of your life. Part of you.

It is now time to take another step in that advancement. Where a full OS was once needed, now you just need a browser to access the full potential of Jolicloud. That’s why Joli OS is being discontinued and will no longer be officially supported. You can check our FAQ for more details.

In a few days, we will announce our first app as part of the new Jolicloud platform and we want you to be one of the first to give it a try.

Stay tuned, the future of Jolicloud is coming!

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