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Product Spotlight: Store and share files in the cloud with Minus

Minus allows you to easily transfer files within teams, outside your network, and between computers and devices. Justin James reviews it.

Minus is a file-sharing tool that is designed to allow you to easily transfer files within teams, outside your network, and between computers and devices.

Note: This review was performed based on the publicly available free version.

Specifications

Who's it for?

People who want to share files without using email or posting them to a Web server can use Minus. Minus is also an option for geographically dispersed teams.

What problems does it solve?

Sharing files is a hassle, especially for larger files or in situations where you can't just burn a DVD, pass a USB drive around, or share a network drive. Typically, people turn to complex solutions like posting files to a Web or FTP server. With Minus, a simple interface and a variety of native clients make file sharing quite easy.

Standout features

  • Price: Free is a great price!
  • Ease of Use: From the instant, pain-free sign-up process and on, Minus is extremely easy to use.
  • Native Clients: It is nice to have the option of using native clients, not just for Windows and Max but also for Ubuntu and phones too.
  • Built-in Filename Shortening: Filename shortening is a handy feature, and it is built right in to the system.

What's wrong?

  • Storage Space: The 10GB limit is enough for many folks, but for some teams, they will need more. Minus does not have a way of getting more space, not even if you pay for it (there is no pay version yet).
  • No Password Protection: While there is a "private" option for files, it does not mean that you need a password to access them; they just are not visible to the public. Many people will require more security choices.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

Minus is a very easy-to-use application. It is a great example of how deliberately limiting your feature set can produce an intuitive application that has zero friction to the user. I experienced a few very minor bugs. For example, in Internet Explorer 9, the feature of just dragging a file onto the screen to upload it did not work. I also noticed that when deleting files, the storage usage count did not automatically update. All the same, the bugs were something I noticed in passing, more like "quirks" than "bugs" really.

Minus is another entry in a field that already has two heavyweights duking it out: Box.net and Dropbox. What Minus does, it does well, and its out-of-the-gate free storage capacity is better than the competition. But outside of that, Minus is playing catch-up with the feature set. More problematic for Minus is that they do not have any paid options; if you need more space or functionality than what they offer, you are out of luck.

About

Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

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