Last year I wrote about how to use a service Microsoft acquired back in 2005 called FolderShare. It’s purpose is to keep directories/files on multiple computers in sync with each other without needing a remote server to host any of the files. That way the user’s computers are really the only limitation as to what can be shared. If you have a slow Internet connection and a lot of files it will take quite some time to sync them all, but with how widespread broadband is becoming that won’t likely be a concern of a lot of people.

Microsoft has finally gotten around to adopting FolderShare into their Windows Live program, and they have just released a version that sports a completely new interface. At first glance I would have to say that they are reusing many icons from their newly launched SkyDrive service, but that’s not a bad thing:

live foldershare

I’m happy to see that Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about this software because a lot of people actually use it. It’s one of the few applications that can actually remotely sync computers that are running on different platforms (Windows and Mac) which is a pretty big deal, and the fact that it is free is sure to win your heart. ;)

FolderShare Homepage (Windows Vista/XP/Server 2003 or Mac OS X required)

There Are 4 Comments

  1. I think Microsoft has been using this technology for a while… I’ve been using the “sharing folder” which allows me to drag and drop files to automatically sync with other users. Until the purchase of FolderShare, they never had this ability. I’m assuming it was FolderShare’s technology that they incorporated into the sharing folder.

    ~Shannon

  2. Shannon wrote:
    I think Microsoft has been using this technology for a while… I’ve been using the “sharing folder” which allows me to drag and drop files to automatically sync with other users. Until the purchase of FolderShare, they never had this ability. I’m assuming it was FolderShare’s technology that they incorporated into the sharing folder.

    That’s a good point, and I’m sure they used bits and pieces of the technology in other places. I’d have to assume they purchased them because they had a use for bits and pieces of their service since it didn’t appear to be overwhelming popular back then.

  3. Michael Dobrofsky

    Anyone know how this stacks up to SyncToy?

  4. Michael Dobrofsky wrote:
    Anyone know how this stacks up to SyncToy?

    I haven’t used SyncToy before, but from what I gather it’s not really designed for syncing remote computers? The online interface for FolderShare makes it easy to configure the synchronization between two remote computers without needing to know IP addresses or anything like that.

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