Bangalore-based online personal data search service CloudMagic has introduced paid subscriptions to its service, called CloudMagic Pro. Through these subscriptions, the company will be offering unlimited search previews to its users and enable users to take common actions from these previews without having to leave the service. For instance, one could directly reply to an email through the service or perform the usual twitter actions like reply or retweet.
Previously, CloudMagic offered unlimited previews for free of cost but it looks like the company is now looking to start monetizing the service. Last March, while speaking with MediaNama, Rohit Nadhani, co-founder of CloudMagic had said that they were considering various revenue models for the service, although he hadn’t disclosed any specific plans. Now we know.
Pricing: When we checked, we noticed that CloudMagic is currently providing a complimentary three month Pro subscription for all its users, following which they can continue with the pro plan priced at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year or else opt for a free plan which provides 50 previews a month across all platforms, which we feel is more than enough for an average user.
How does CloudMagic work? One can create an account with CloudMagic and provide OAuth access to CloudMagic to access accounts on the user’s behalf. Following this, CloudMagic polls for new data from Google, Twitter, Exchange servers, and other services every 2-3 minutes and create a search index to offer ranked relevant search queries to the user. Users can then make use of the service across multiple devices.
Services: CloudMagic currently offers support for Google and Google Apps Services including Gmail, Google Apps email, Docs, Contacts, Calendar, and Chat; Twitter Search, and Microsoft Exchange services including Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, iCloud email, AOL, mail.com, GMX and Office 365 accounts. Earlier this month, CloudMagic added support for Hotmail, Yahoo, Skydrive and offered complete support for Exchange ActiveSync accounts.
Last month, the company had also released new browser extensions to show CloudMagic results next to Google search results. CloudMagic currently offers browser extensions for Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari and mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Greplin provided a similar solution before pivoting to a personal event aggregation app, Cue. A similar app called Sentimnt also offered a personal search engine, was launched in 2010 but has now shut down. Besides these, there are other services such as kitedesk, Dispatch, and Primadesk.
(With Inputs from Vikas SN)