Yandex Disk

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Yandex.Disk
Yandex logo en.svg
Developer(s) Yandex
Initial release April 2012
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X
Linux
iOS
Android
Windows Phone
Available in Russian, English, Turkish, Ukrainian
Type Online backup service
License Freeware
Website disk.yandex.com

Yandex.Disk is a cloud service created by Yandex that lets users store files on “cloud” servers and share them with others online. The service is based on syncing data between different devices. Yandex.Disk was launched in English in June 2012.[1]

Features[edit]

Storage — users can upload and save files. There are no restrictions on the length of time files can be stored. All files are uploaded over an encrypted connection and are checked by an antivirus.

Syncing — files are synced between all the user's internet-enabled devices either through the web interface or the Yandex.Disk mobile/desktop application.

Sharing — users can share file download links with others.

Preview — the built-in flash player lets people preview songs.

Integration with other Yandex services — lets people manage their files on other Yandex services such as Yandex.Mail and Yandex.Narod. All sent and received mail attachments are automatically placed in one folder and can easily be searched.[2]

WebDAV support — means that files can be managed with any application supporting the WebDAV protocol. The Yandex.Disk API can be used in any software program supporting WebDAV.[3]

Supported platforms[edit]

Web version

Located inside Yandex.Mail under the “Files” tab.

Desktop application

There are applications available for the following operating systems:

Mobile version

The mobile version is included as part of Yandex.Mail for:

The mobile app lets users view files on Yandex.Disk, upload files from their mobile device, download files for use offline and email file download links.[4]

WebDAV API[edit]

The Yandex.Disk API also supports the WebDAV protocol, which allows third-party applications to upload files to the Yandex cloud storage service. The Yandex.Disk API makes it easier to sync info between smartphones, tablet PCs, laptops and desktop computers.

The API lets developers:

  • manage Yandex.Disk user files
  • store files created by developers’ own software
  • store application settings and use them on any internet-enabled device

The Yandex.Disk API Documentation was released on April 28, 2012.

Storage[edit]

The service is provided completely free of charge. Everyone starts off with a free allowance of 10GB, which can easily be increased by 512 Mb increments by referring others[5] to an additional maximum of 10 GB.

History[edit]

April 5, 2012 – the beta version of the service was launched.

May 3, 2012 – the first API and open source client are launched.

May 24, 2012 – a flash player was introduced to the web interface and a “Save to my Disk” button was added to the shared file page, which allows users to share files published by others to their account.

June 26, 2012 – English and Turkish versions available.

Future prospects[edit]

  1. Integration with more Yandex services: Fotki, Video, Music
  2. Public folders
  3. File versioning support
  4. Media and document previewing
  5. One-to-one file sharing

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