Ovi Share is closing shop and it’s gone from speculation to the real deal as Nokia sent out mails to service users, giving them enough time to get all files off-shelf. Ovi Share is an online service that enables Nokia users to upload and share files, typically photos and videos.
As of 30 May 2012, the Ovi Share service will be discontinued. If you have files stored using Ovi Share, you want to click here for detailed download instructions, however, if you already run a backup of all your files on your computer or another sharing service, you do not need to do anything.
Do note that you will continue to have access to Ovi Share until 30 May 2012; however you will not be able to upload new files after 13 March 2012.
Why the change?
The Ovi Share shutdown is part of Nokia’s revised services mission to focus on mobile and location based services. As a result, the Ovi Share service will be closing. However, you will still be able to use your Ovi Share username and password to access other Nokia services. We encourage you to use one of the many online photo-sharing services as a way to store and share your photos and videos moving forward.
What to do before May 30?
If you do not have a copy of your files any other place other than Ovi Share, you will need to download those files before 30 May 2012. To download your files to your computer, please click here for detailed instructions. After 30 May 2012, your files will not be accessible from the Ovi Share service and will be deleted. If you already have another copy of your files existing on your computer or another sharing service, you do not need to do anything.
If you have any further questions about this service change or need help downloading your files, you can contact Nokia Care, and selecting “Contact Support.”
So the deal is Nokia is shifting focus from things like media, to mobile and location based services. It’d be interesting to see how things turn out, because, yes the mobile users wants to have the best location based service available, but also wants to be able to share files – especially videos and photos. Nokia however apologizes for this inconvenience, thanks you for using Ovi Share.
R.I.P. Mr. Ovi Share (or was it Mrs)?