InstallFree Releases First Cloud-Based Service to Enable Access to One’s Files and Productivity Applications From Any Computing Device
STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Stamford, CT-based InstallFree today released Nexus, the first cloud-based application delivery service to help individuals create, edit and share their files on any computing device using full versions of their favored productivity applications. Nexus’s distinct technology ensures that its users can be consistently productive regardless of where their files are stored and across varied computing devices and operating systems.
Nexus integrates seamlessly with Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, SkyDrive and Office 365 to instantly deliver full-fidelity versions of Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader, as well as plug-ins like Java, Flash and Silverlight – on any computing device with just a browser. In addition, Nexus includes collaboration features allowing users to “broadcast” or publish the files on which they’re working by simply posting a link to the invitee’s Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or Twitter feed, or sending it via email.
Customers can start using the service by either creating an account on http://nexus.installfree.com or using auto-login with their existing Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or SkyDrive accounts. Furthermore, InstallFree provides Google Drive and Box web-apps from their respective app stores that enable customers to set InstallFree Nexus as a default capability for all files. Google Chrome Browser users will enjoy an added benefit from an InstallFree Nexus for Gmail browser extension to instantly view, edit, save and share MS Office and PDF file attachments arriving on Gmail.
“In an increasingly connected world, people expect to store and access their data from Google Drive, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Box and Office365. People also expect to access their data from a variety of devices like iPad, Android Tablets, Chromebooks and PCs/Macs. We created Nexus to solve the productivity challenge (BYOD) for customers to be able to use applications like Microsoft Office across these cloud storage providers and from any device,” noted Rakesh Narasimhan, CEO of InstallFree and former GM for Cloud Data Services within the Server & Tools Business (STB) Division of Microsoft. “After years of helping IT departments at large enterprises design and manage systems for desktop application virtualization, we adapted our experience with virtualization in the enterprise to benefit customers in all segments with InstallFree Nexus.”
Licensing, a significant cost for customers across segments, in terms of expense and complexity, is handled directly by InstallFree by ensuring proper licensing arrangements with application providers (e.g., Microsoft). Adding new applications and upgrades to existing ones are completely transparent to the users and managed on the InstallFree cloud infrastructure, powered by Amazon Web Services.
Nexus is publicly available in two versions:
InstallFree Nexus Basic: A FREE version that includes:
- The full LibreOffice (formerly OpenOffice) application suite for creating and editing documents from any device or browser.
- Full-fidelity viewing of Microsoft Office files.
- Seamless integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, SkyDrive, SharePoint, Office 365 and other storage services.
InstallFree Nexus Premium: A paid version that includes:
- All the capabilities available in Nexus Basic
- Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher) subscription license:
- $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year for academic license for the full Office suite.
- $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year for standard (non-academic) license for a single Office app (e.g. Microsoft Word).
- $19.99 per month / $199.99 per year for standard (non-academic) license for the full Office suite.
Both InstallFree Nexus Basic and Premium include a FREE 60-day trial access to the full versions of Microsoft Office 2010 applications. The free version of Nexus is available now and the paid version will be available by the end of August 2012. The service can be accessed directly from www.installfree.com and customers can get started instantly by logging in with their existing Dropbox, Google, Box or SkyDrive accounts. Furthermore, InstallFree provides Google Drive and Box web-apps that can easily be added from their respective app stores.
More information about the various Nexus services and apps is available at www.installfree.com/nexus/apps
Links to Videos:
InstallFree Nexus Overview: http://youtu.be/ggj1O0GpNvo
InstallFree Nexus for Google Drive: http://youtu.be/SJ7dews_E40
InstallFree Nexus for Box: http://youtu.be/0mVeM1JDmXA
InstallFree Nexus Collaboration Demo: http://youtu.be/N2H9k5hNmn4
InstallFree (www.installfree.com) was founded in 2006 to solve the challenges of creating, sharing and managing end-user environments. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, with research and development in Tel Aviv, Israel, the company’s mission is to enable people to use the applications they need on the devices they want, anywhere at any time. To learn more about InstallFree Nexus, its features, functionality and pricing please refer to our FAQ at www.installfree.com/nexus/faq.
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