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6 years ago we had an idea

by Tariq Krim – 13 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 – 24 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

jolicloud-drive-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

jolicloud-drive-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

jolicloud-drive-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.

Enjoy!

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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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