Yandex made its own Dropbox

Fri 6 April 2012 14:00, Tamara Yadvichuk

Yandex made its own Dropbox

Yesterday Russian search giant Yandex announced the launch of Yet Another feature on their official blog: from now on Yandex users can get free online cloud storage. At first glance, the new service called Yandex Disk looks very similar to Dropbox – so let’s see what both of them have to offer.


Yandex Disc gives you:  

  • 10Gb storage space
  • Web access via a tab in Yandex Mail 
  • Desktop client for Windows and Mac 
  • Access via Android and iPhone app for Yandex Mail

Besides that, Yandex promises that soon Yandex Disk will be available in English. But let’s look at the competition now.

A free account on Dropbox with the same functions initially offers you 2Gb of online storage space which you can extend up to 18Gb by inviting people: each friend who signs up for Dropbox following your invitation gives you a certain amount of extra space. I like the service a lot, but I have to admit that after I've used it for a few years and invited a few friends I have only 3.25Gb. It’s good for storing the files which are currently in use, but definitely not enough for pictures, music, movies and all kinds of other things that occupy my hard drive.


So I was actually looking forward to getting a Yandex Disc of 10Gb, but so far it isn’t possible to start using the service right away. You have to request registration… and wait for Yandex to notify you that you can join… – I’m still waiting… but I’ll make an account when (if?) my notification arrives. I still have a lot of questions: will Yandex offer paid accounts with more space and additional services, like Dropbox? Will it be convenient to share files? Are there possibilities for advertising?

Google, Yandex’s biggest competitor, doesn’t have a similar cloud feature, so at least in the Russian market Yandex has a great advantage. So I’ll be waiting for my notification to arrive, and then try it out for myself. I’ll keep you posted.


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