Mega leaves beta and allows glimpse at the future
The last two years have been a roller coaster ride for the makers of Megaupload and Mega. The popular service was taken down in the beginning of 2012 and revived under the Mega.co.nzÂ domain about a year later.
The new service quickly grew to become one of the most popular file hosting services on today's Internet. It is currently listed on position 847 of all websites out there according to Alexa, having broken the top 1000 ranking less than 3 months ago.
Mega announced yesterday that the site has left its beta status which could fuel growth even further. According to the announcement, improvements have been made to the service as part of that.
Below is a list of new features and improvements that have come along with the removal of the beta tag on Mega.
- Loading times have been reduced thanks to code optimizations and dynamic feature fetching.
- The Mega user interface has been refreshed. It should feel a lot snappier to users, especially those with many files and folders.
- Sessions are now cached locally, so that subsequent logins are faster. When you sign in, only changes that happened after your last log out are loaded from Mega's server while the remaining data is loaded locally.
- If you like social, you can now add a profile photo to your account that will appear in your friend's contacts lists.
- Contact management has been improved. You can now look up the number of files that contacts have shared with you, as well as the last modification date and time.
- The new sidebar navigation lets you switch between your cloud drive, the recycle bin, contacts and your inbox instantly. You can now also use drag and drop to transfer files to select clients using the sidebar.
- A Firefox extension to reduce loading times further, improve download performance and security. To download and install the Firefox app click on Menu on the Mega website and select Apps > Firefox App from the menu. Or, load this url directly: https://mega.co.nz/#firefox
The official Sync client for the desktop is also listed here, but not yet available.
Mega has however revealed screenshots of it and the iOS application on the blog.
It is interesting to note that the structure of the Sync client for Windows looks similar to the -- allegedly -- fake Megasync application we reviewed earlier this year.
The company announced plans to launch encrypted messaging and chat options in early 2014. While that will be limited to Mega users, it will feature interesting options such as attaching files or folders, communication with multiple recipients or secure audio and video call capabilities.