Dec 022008

I just received an email that in December Microsoft is going to announce Windows Live Sync. Live Sync is an upgrade of Foldershare, or as they state in the email, “think of it as FolderShare 2.0.”

FolderShare keeps directories (folders) between two or more computers “sync’d up” over the internet. I have been using FolderShare for a number of months now to sync a couple of folders between my office desktop computer and my laptop (which is usually at home). Here are some of the folders I have sync’d up:

  • my docs folder – I work on something at home, when I get to the office the document is available.
  • my photos folder – I can take pictures off my camera at either location and they will be available at the other.
  • my geocaching database folder – I can work on the database at either location and not loose any data.

It does more than just sync folders. You can set up ‘shared libraries’ that are available (by invitation) to friends, co-workers, and family. You can access all your files on the remote computer, not just “shared” or “sync’d” files.

According to the email the new Live Sync is going to look familiar but will allow:

  • More folders and files—sync up to 20 folders with 20,000 files each.
  • Integration with Windows Live ID—no more extra sign-in stuff to remember.
  • Integration with the Recycle Bin—no more separate Trash folder to fiddle with.
  • Unicode support—sync files in other languages.

Check it out…

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