Everbox, China's major Dropbox clone is to be taken down in March.
Shanda, a Chinese web development company, created the Dropbox clone site Everbox in 2010. The company has had success in the past with online games and e-books, but along with virtual storage the new clone site was going to allow for even more potential in the realms of cloud-oriented apps. Perhaps due to competition of many new such cloud sites in 2012 or for strategic reasons, the site is to be taken down March 1st. After the shutdown date, users will be unable to access their stored data, and are therefore encouraged to retrieve it before then. The app is compatible for Mac, Windows, and Android, however iPhone development for the app faded after 2011 and did not progress.
Between other cloud service websites, the competition is fierce. Baidu, Tencent, and Huawei are but some of the Chinese rivals of EverBox. Globally, the established sites are doing well too, with Dropbox seeing upgrades coming in the next several weeks. However Shanda is not giving up on its other services. The popular Evernote clone program called Mknote is the largest of its kind in China, and after bringing in over $30 million in 2012, the company has positive outlooks for the coming year.
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