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Canonical has moved its Ubuntu One file-synchronization service for Windows out of beta, with the new build of the operating system.

Ubuntu One gives users 5GB of free cloud storage that allows files and music to be selectively synchronized on Ubuntu, Android, iOS, and now Windows devices. Users can buy 20GB of extra storage at $2.99 a month or $29.99 a year, with a music-streaming service holding 20GB costing $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year also available.

“We have long received feedback from Ubuntu users regarding their evolving needs to manage all their content from a single, secure place across multiple platforms and devices,” said Canonical in a blog posting. “Many people have to work in Windows or Mac environments, even if they prefer to use Ubuntu as their home desktop or OS of choice.”

The Windows client was released in beta format in November and has been under rapid development ever since. The company didn’t say if such a client would be available for Mac OS X users, but did comment that it was committed to a multi-platform strategy, and that the new Windows release is one part of that.

Other changes for client-side users of the new Ubuntu build include better support for low-powered systems, with the Unity interface available in 2D when needed. The Evolution email client has been replaced with the more mature Mozilla Thunderbird, and the whole operating system now supports ARM-powered devices on both client and server sides. ®

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