ownCloud Version 3 introduces online editing, photo gallery, PDF viewer, application store and improvements to existing functionality Internet - January 30, 2012 - ownCloud, the popular open source file, sync and share project, today announced improvements to its functionality and stability, enabling users to get even more out of their privately-hosted and owned file-sharing cloud. Available for download now, ownCloud Version 3 enables users to share files and folders with others from their privately controlled infrastructure. Major new features in this release include: the ownCloud application store, which allows users to take advantage of the extensibility of ownCloud; and, directly edit text file capabilities from a browser. ownCloud is the only technology to offer such functionality made possible by its open and modular nature. With more than 350,000 users and growing - ownCloud offers the ease-of-use of Dropbox and box.net with a more secure, transparently managed offering. As an open source project, ownCloud Version 3 offers innovative features, a flexible architecture, and no vendor lock in. ownCloud users can run its file sync and share services on their own hardware or use popular public hosting and storage offerings, allowing them to choose the trade-off between convenience and privacy they prefer. "In many ways Version 3 is a leap forward for the ownCloud project -- not just in the technology, but also as a measure of the contributions from our expanding community," said Frank Karlitschek, founder of ownCloud. "Aside from the new functionality, the calendar and contacts have been given major improvements both in capabilities and interfaces." With the announcement last month of ownCloud Inc., end users will now also have a broader support base and commercial supported offerings centered on the ownCloud project.