While rumors of a Google online storage offering named GDrive continue to swirl, Yahoo! is abandoning its online storage service, Briefcase. A message on the Yahoo! Briefcase site warns users that they have until March 30th to move their files to a different provider.
Yahoo! Briefcase will be closing on March 30, 2009.
You must download or delete your files by March 30, 2009.
After this date, you will not be able to access your Yahoo! Briefcase account and your files will be deleted.
It's not a big loss (and we mean that not just because Yahoo! never expanded the service's storage capacity past 30 MB that's MB, not GB). Time seemed to have passed Yahoo! Briefcase by, with services such as DropBox or Microsoft's Live Mesh offering not just storage but syncing with mobile devices and other PCs.
It's also true that Yahoo! needs to trim any offerings that are marginal, as new CEO Carol Bartz works to bring the company back to health. Yahoo! Briefcase's demise is simply the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures by the company, aimed at streamlining its offerings.