ownCloud Launches New Desktop Client and Android App

Posted by ownCloud GmbH – 22. June 2016


The new versions are characterised by better security, a more uniform look and several improvements in detail, which benefit enterprise customers in particular.

Nuremberg, Germany, June 22, 2016 – ownCloud has redesigned the user interface for its Enterprise File Sync & Share software solution. The desktop client Version 2.2.2 is now available for Windows, MacOS and Linux. The app for Android devices has also been released in Version 2.0.1.

Part of the ongoing restructuring at ownCloud has led to a redefinition in the responsibilities in the development department. From now on, Thomas Müller will be making a key contribution to development as Chief Architect. As Leader of Engineering, Klaas Freitag and his team will primarily be accountable for the practical implementation of the new requirements. Informationen about ownCloud Team.

What’s New in the Desktop Client and Android App

Several improvements have been made to the desktop client. Version 2.2.0, which was released in mid-May, and the latest version (2.2.2), fixes some bugs. We have published a detailed changelog under https://owncloud.org/changelog/desktop/. The improvements include the revised handling of USB storage, which provides more stability and the possibility of viewing server notifications on the client in the future. This mainly provides enterprise customers with the opportunity to send messages to the clients that users then need to confirm. On the client, users can also directly accept or reject requests to access other ownCloud systems (Federated Cloud), which, until now, could only be made on the web interface. Further improvements include the performance with small files, the information available when synchronisation conflicts occur, the integration of Office files and re-connections, when a break in connection occurs. We have also revised ownBrander, which allows enterprise customers to customise the client individually and adapt it to their ownCIoud.

One aspect of the new version of the Android app that we have completely revised is the overlay icons, which make the app look even more like the desktop client. This provides users with a more uniform look and feel on the various platforms. ‘Favourites’ files will also be stored offline automatically in the future, which improves integration into other Android apps. To provide even more security, users can also use non-alphanumeric characters in their passwords from Version 2.0.1. We have also published a detailed changelog on Github under https://github.com/owncloud/android/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md. The new app is available now from Google Play Store.

About ownCloud

Organizations that must share confidential data internally and externally rely on ownCloud’s on-premises enterprise Universal File Access platform. Only ownCloud gives IT the visibility and control required to manage sensitive data, preserve business processes and integrate with existing compliant infrastructures while offering users the modern collaboration experience they demand. This is made possible through ownCloud’s open, modular architecture, extreme extensibility and unique federated cloud sharing capabilities. For more information, visit: https://www.owncloud.com.

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