The most popular online file-sharing program in Canada is called “ISO.”
But the software is actually the work of a small team of five individuals working out of the University of Toronto’s School of Information Technology.
In a paper published in the peer-reviewed online journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, they found that the application is not the most common file-switching tool available to Canadians, and that it is far less popular than most people think.
They wrote that, “the file-sharer software is not widely used by Canadian users, and is also less commonly used by Americans than many people think.”
But this lack of awareness of file-switchers’ abilities, and the fact that they are relatively new to the Canadian market, led to the researchers’ conclusion.
“A more complete understanding of file swap software in Canada, and its distribution in the US, will help Canadians better understand file-transfers and identify opportunities for future software development and research,” they wrote.
“The US is also a major market for file-transfer software, but the US is far from the largest file-stealing nation.”
As the Globe and Mail noted, the researchers found that “most US file-exchange users are not aware of the file-slasher software, or its capabilities, and are not willing to pay for it.”
This suggests that, despite the fact the file transfer and sharing software is widely available in the United States, many Canadians don’t know how to use it.
It also highlights the need for more awareness of the software, the authors wrote.
The Globe and Post noted that the authors are well-known in the Canadian software community, and have a number of patents related to file-copying and file-to-file transfers.
They are also co-authors on a paper on file-storage systems published in 2013.
In the paper, the five researchers said they wanted to explore the use of “new technology” to improve the quality of file transfer in Canada.
The researchers believe this could be done by making the software easier to use, and by improving the reliability of the program.
“By identifying the most commonly used software in the Canada, we can improve the overall quality of the system and help make it easier for users to use,” the authors said in their paper.
“In Canada, the use rates for these two software are similar to the US.
As a result, we believe that a similar approach could help improve file-system reliability in Canada.”
“We are not advocating for a system change,” the researchers said.
“We just wanted to understand how these tools have been developed and the impact of their adoption on file systems.”
They added that they found the file sharing software was the most widely used software available in Canada and it is likely to continue to be the most used file-syncing tool.
“Many Canadians have heard about the file transfers, but they do not know that there is another way to get the files,” the team said.