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by Matthew Richards

posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

posted in Community

100,000 mobile apps – iOS and Android – sold in just the first 14 months (since August 1, 2012).

Think about what that means. When we sell ownCloud Enterprise Edition, we include the mobile apps, so this 100k does not include these customers. We offer free desktop clients for Windows, Linux and Mac. The Android app is also available as source code, so 100k doesn’t include these users either.

So what does this number mean?

We talk a lot about our community, mostly in terms of the developers who are so instrumental in giving people back ownership of their data – even if they want to sync and share that data. But what these apps represent is a growing private-user community. Oh sure, tiny by Dropbox standards, but growing steadily and proving that people will expend a little effort to ensure their privacy and control. People – including many small businesses and colleges – who do not want to sign away their rights, or expose their data.

I think it also shows just how far ownCloud and our technology has come is a very short amount of time and how much farther we will go. In a very short time the ownCloud server and ownCloud apps (and desktop clients) have matched – and in some cases exceeded – the industry leaders in features, functions, performance and ease of use. And we’ve done it as a startup with the great help of the ownCloud community.

What do we do now? We humbly thank our community – our Community Edition developers, users, UX designers, testers, and other community supporters who help us in many ways. Thank you for helping us realize a vision of data privacy and control, and thank you for helping and getting your data back into your own control, and your own hands – with your ownCloud.

Now, can anyone say 1 million apps?

3 Comments on this post:

  1. Erikas

    Well, congrats. Matt and all who take over the effort.

    I deeply hope you have an eye on sync with open source like thunderbird/lightning under windows and an app for WP8 – these user group is afaik faster growing than IOS.

    Best regards

  2. Dustin Rodriguez

    I am really liking ownCloud, thanks for such a great product. If you want more of my money, I will tell you a great way to get it. I don’t yet know if this is even possible, but I just upgraded to Windows 8.1 on my ultrabook this evening. Microsoft has integrated SkyDrive very effectively throughout Windows 8.1, but of course I have no desire to sign over ownership of all of my files to the Microsoft corporation. I would LOVE to see ownCloud offer a client which can entirely replace SkyDrive in a Windows 8.1 installation and provide exactly the same level of integration, syncing system settings and the like in addition to simply syncing files, using reparse points in the OS to intercept read/writes and propagating them to my ownCloud. I would pay $20 for such a client without a second thought. I would probably be willing to go as high as $50, in fact. I am sure I am not alone in this. Especially for enterprise use, the idea of any company turning over all of their sensitive internal company data to Microsoft for data mining and reappropriation is positively insane.

  3. Joe

    Need an app for WP8 too,

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