2/24/2009

Yahoo! Briefcase End of Life - Better file sharing alternatives for users

All of a sudden i got this email from Yahoo! about Yahoo briefcase closing. Below is a mail I got this morning, you may also get it if you have signed up for Yahoo! Briefcase.

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Dear Yahoo! Briefcase user,

We will officially close Yahoo! Briefcase on March 30, 2009. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to download your files back to your computer. You need to take action before we close, after which any files remaining on Yahoo! Briefcase will be deleted and no longer accessible.

To access your Yahoo! Briefcase account, click the link below:

http://in.briefcase.yahoo.com/

If you are a Yahoo! Briefcase Premium subscriber, your current subscription will be cancelled on March 30, 2009. We will refund the unused portion of your Premium subscription, if any. The refund will appear as a credit via the billing method we have on file for you. So please make sure that your billing information is correct and up-to-date. For more information, please visithttps://billing.yahoo.com.


For additional information or to review a list of our frequently asked questions, click the link below:
Briefcase Help

We sincerely appreciate your being a Yahoo! Briefcase user.

Sincerely,

Yahoo! Customer Support

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I thought of finding out alternatives for Yahoo Briefcase and not to my surprise there were many alternatives available. I am happy to say good by to Yahoo with these available options. If you are also looking for a file sharing option this post may be worth a glance. Below are few sites I found on the web and are good for sharing files over internet. There are few which don't force you to create a login which is nice sometimes when you are looking for a real quick peak. Here are the ones I found:

1. Microsoft Windows Skydrive (http://skydrive.live.com)
Its the best alternative I found till date. Microsoft provides 25 GB of free storage on Windows Live with SkyDrive, it's easy to store and share your files and photos with friends. If you have a Hotmail, Messenger, or Xbox LIVE account, you already have a Windows Live ID as well.

2. Rapid Share (http://rapidshare.com/ )
RapidShare, founded in 2006, is one of the biggest and fastest one-click file hosts in the world. With one-click hosting, users can upload big files in one step and subsequently make them available to friends and family via the download link. The download link can only be accessed by the person who has stored the file. In this way, data is secured against unauthorised access. It supports maximum upload size upto 200 MB.

3. zshare.net (http://www.zshare.net/ )
Its similar to Rapid Share and has Maximum upload size 500MB for free users and up to 1GB for registered users.

4. File Savr (http://www.filesavr.com/)
FileSavr's goal is to simplify the process of file hosting.
It provides fastest and easiest file hosting service as an alternative to sites like MegaUpload and RapidShare.
Unlike the other sites, It does not force users to sign up for paid accounts to download files, it does not show long countdown timers, pop up ads, or any other spam related activities. It supports maximum upload size upto 10GB.

5. File Dropper (http://www.filedropper.com/)
Similar site as filesavr with maximum upload capacity of 5GB.

6. File Factory (http://filefactory.com/)
Really fast uploads on this site, Upload up to 25 files at once. 300MB limit per file.

7. File Den (http://fileden.com/) - A 50mb maximum file size limit displays lots of ads everywhere.

8. File Qube (http://www.fileqube.com/) - You can store up to 2GB of files free.

9. MegaUpload -( http://www.megaupload.com/)
Free 200 GB online storage with file manager, With an irritating 25 seconds waiting time before downloads are available.

If want to find out more on why Yahoo is closing it read here : Yahoo!

Let us know if you have information on better file sharing free sites, please leave a comment.

6 comments:

  1. Check out http://www.MyOtherDrive.com for the best online storage site on the web. Easy to use, yet powerful online backup and file sharing. Plus they have features to let you copy files between accounts - very cool.

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  2. in MyOtherDrive you get 2GB of free storage, dont u think its kind of very low now a days that much of space is available with gmail/yahoo mail, I m a Skydrive luver

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  3. Great Info. thanks.

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  4. Umm. "Not to my suprise, there are MANY alternatives"? Who is the writer kidding. Most of these "alternatives" are full of spam and crap where and or you have to pay to use them. The only good one is Microsoft Skydrive. But, it can be a pain to use. Nothing beats the reliable and free yahoo briefcase.

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  5. Well, I don't disagree that most of these have lot of spam and annoying advertisements...but how do you justify so much a disc space for free?? I use Microsoft live for sharing most of the time and never had any problems in it. I would say its still as reliable as Yahoo Briefcase was.

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  6. Thank you very much for the information, I am impressed.

    Nicole

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