New, free web and mobile app lets users socially collaborate on documents, photos and videos within their Dropbox or Google Drive.

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Courtesy of FileChat.

To help make the cloud a social experience, FileChat announced that it has launched its platform, which delivers features that allow users to chat, “like” and vote on any of their files to harness the power of cloud based storage like never before.

FileChat is currently free and will be adding premium services/levels in the coming months. FileChat has secured a $3 million round of funding from private investors to support the development and launch of the platform.

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FileChat is available at http://bit.ly/FileChatWeb (web version), http://bit.ly/FilechatAndroid (Android app) and at the Apple App Store http://bit.ly/FileChatiOS (iOS app).

FileChat supports Dropbox and Google Drive with a collaborative experience on PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. Additional cloud platforms, including OneDrive, Box and Amazon Cloud Drive will be added in the near future.

The new FileChat application also aims to help web and mobile users improve their cloud storage experience by making it faster, easier and more intuitive, as it provides more than just the “chat” elements provided via other cloud applications. FileChat provides a tailored chat room that’s based in any chosen folder or file within a user’s Cloud.

By adding social elements directly to cloud storage services, FileChat wants to improve productivity and efficiency and allow everyone to use their favorite cloud storage platforms for much more than simply storing files. FileChat also offers a search tool dedicated to discussions on documents saved on cloud storage, so users can quickly find what they are looking for.

FileChat is also available on mobile devices as a native app that offers a seamless experience, wherever users are located, said the company. Directly from a smartphone or tablet, users can:

  • get real-time notifications for every FileChat event/update
  • stay engaged in every conversation with their team members
  • preview and edit files using the users’ preferred apps

“Proven cloud storage solutions such as Google Drive and Dropbox need an easy and common way to make collaboration and messaging more effective for businesses and consumers alike,” said Alberto Escarlate, CEO of FileChat. “The new FileChat application gives users complete control over their cloud and will usher in a new way of managing documents and files and discussing them in one single user-friendly platform.”

FileChat directly integrates with all major cloud storage platforms, including Dropbox and Google Drive, leaving all documents and files in the secure cloud environment. Owners of a FileChat discussion can invite new guests to view and collaborate on the files and remove guests as needed. With the controls provided, the owner can give new participants the ability to add files and content, vote and chat.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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