Pando’s Cool Outlook Plugin

13 thoughts on “Pando’s Cool Outlook Plugin”

  1. Cool. Do you need Pando to download the file or just to send? It’s a very good looking product.

    I wonder how Vista is going to react to all these file sharing upstarts? I don’t think Outlook has been renovated in recent (this year) memory but Ray is all about communication, so maybe it’s time has come.

  2. I wonder how this is going to work in a corporate enviroment: Lots of companies have firewalls only alowing http (and email) transfers, blocking this. Besides, I wonder if I would want to install another program, just to get a certain file. The classical critical mass/network effects thing…

  3. In our compliance-necessary IT environment, we need to know what’s being sent, by whom, to whom and when. This sounds like another one of those p2p apps that we need to block. For my users that need to send big files that I’m required to track, we’ve been using OutDisk, an integrated ftp solution for Outlook. It provides the same convenience but FTP lets us control the storage facility.

  4. I think Pando is more appropriate for C2C usage. In the enterprise environment, it is not realistic to think that IT would allow an user-driven application to substitute a process that has both business (compliance, for example) and IT (security and storage management, for example) implications.

    Having said that, I think Pando is onto something. Giving users a familiar UI to send large files since this is becoming a real issue in most core business processes. The trick is to find a solution that will satisfy both the end users and IT requirements.

    I think (admittedly biased) Accellion’s Courier Secure File Transfer Appliance (SFTA) is an outstanding and, more importantly, field proven solution that lets users securely send folders and 10 GB files via familiar email interfaces while giving IT full control in the back-end. http://www.accellion.com

    Warm regards, YFJ

  5. How does this differ from other sites that allow you to mail large attachments? (mailbigfile, etc) While the integration with existing software and OS is nice, the recipient needs to then download software, which is a bit of a pain.

  6. I like Pando’s plug-in, but it requires everyone to download the client, which is a major hurdle to sharing files.

    There’s another cool plug-in for attachments – it’s called SendShield. This one is more about making sure you don’t send Word attachments with tracked changes or other editorial details which you usually don’t want others to see: http://www.sendshield.com

  7. Thanks for the article, I know someone who can use this. Personally though, I agree with Oden’s comments, when companies are needing to meet compliance and present audit-trail capabilities (especially when dealing with extremely confidential data), it’s best to stay away from the P2P software, and instead use a secure managed file transfer solution or similar.

  8. I’m personally leery of something like, this, that requires users on both ends to have their software. I prefer to use a service like FilesDIRECT to send large files and store them online: send 2GB files even with the free plan, storage starts at 2GB, it includes 128-bit SSL encryption on all transfers, AND there’s no software to install.

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