Friday, December 07, 2007

Cruise on down to Nokia Avvenu

Interesting news, as Nokia has purchased Avvenu. Not familiar with Avvenu? Not surprising, if you weren't a Palm OS user. They make a little program that lives on your PC, making the files available to be accessed with a mobile phone. The revenue model was invisible, so it was always a little headscratching. As to access, well, it was OK, but never amazing. And the idea of having all of your files open to be accessed by anyone hitting a URL and entering a username and password always seemed a bit harebrained to me.

On the odder side, Nokia immediately discontinued access outside the US and killed Avvenu's streaming music service in favor of their own.

Here's what they had to say:
Dear Avvenu Customer,

As a registered user of the Avvenu service, we wanted to let you know that Nokia and Avvenu have signed an agreement under which Nokia has acquired Avvenu Inc.

Nokia intends to continue the Avvenu Access 'n Share service, and enhance Avvenu's secure remote access and private sharing capabilities moving forward. The sharing features of the Avvenu Music service have been discontinued, as Nokia already offers a separate music service.

During the transition it is necessary to limit access to those users based in the United States. We plan to resume service in most other countries within a few weeks. Until that time, if you reside outside the United States, you'll be unable to remotely access your PCs. If you'd like to be notified when service is restored in your country, please go to http://www.avvenu.com/countries.php and register for email notification.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact customer support at http://support.avvenu.com.

More information on the acquisition is available at http://www.avvenu.com/acquisition.php.

As all of us at Avvenu join Nokia, we look forward to bringing you improved access and sharing services.

Best Regards,

Avvenu Customer Support

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