The software could be useful to stream pictures, music or movies to another computer or a mobile device (Android, iPhone, iPad, etc.), and since multiple devices can be linked to a single account, you can access files from any of them individually or see all the files across multiple computers in a single screen (called One View).
Access to all your files (to download them remotely or share them with others), and also the streaming of photos to any device, is free with the software. To stream music or movies, however, you’l need a premium upgrade ($29.00 fee). One purchase of a Pogoplug Premium software license can be installed on all computers tied to a single account.
In essence, Pogoplug’s new software can turn your personal computer into a personal cloud storage device, with no additional hardware required. This is, needless to say, a very crowded space to operate in what with Dropbox, iCloud, Box.net, Amazon Cloud Drive and the plethora of alternative cloud storage services out there.
The company behind Pogoplug, Cloud Engines, was founded in 2007 and currently has 50 employees. The company has raised a total of $25 million in funding to date, from investors like Foundry Group, Softbank Capital and Morgan Stanley.
The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with a satellite office in Tel Aviv.