U.S.-based notetaking and archiving software and service provider Evernote has announced the launch of its Chinese service, Yinxiang Biji. The company reported that a common complaint of its user base in China, with over a million users, has been poor network connectivity between the US and China. As such it has built a separate service for China.
The service will work with Chinese partners and payment methods, and will provide Chinese-language customer support based in China.
Evernote and Yinxiang Biji will be developed in parallel and share much of their code-base and features. Initially, Yinxiang Biji will not have support for sharing and social features until the company completes the integration with Chinese social networking companies, as Evernote's current sharing and social features are rarely used in China. Existing Evernote users may copy some or all of their notes and notebooks to a new account on the Chinese service.
Yinxiang Biji will comply with Chinese regulations applicable to the service. The existing Evernote service will continue to operate out of servers located in California under the protection of US privacy laws, but the company warned users of Yinxiang Biji that they "should be aware that Chinese authorities may have the right to access their data according to current regulations."