Windows Live Sync to Replace Foldershare

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Microsoft just sent out an email advising all Live Foldershare users that a new product will be announced in December called Windows Live Sync. It will replace Foldershare and will include the following enhancements:

  • 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

Sounds interesting, but I’m wondering why they just didn’t move it all over to Live Mesh. Oh well, it’s Windows Live, remember? Can anyone say Windows Live Skydrive? I used to be a hard-core Foldershare user. Once I got a taste of Live Mesh and SugarSync, though, I’ve never looked back. Here’s the rest of the email that Foldershare users should read carefully:

A huge part of Sync’s success story depends on FolderShare users like you. When Sync releases, FolderShare goes into retirement. That means your FolderShare software will stop working and will ask you to upgrade to Sync. Once you do, Sync will automatically rebuild your personal folders. We expect a lot of new users when Sync is released, so if you can’t sign in right away, please give it a little time.

Here’s the part you need to pay attention to: Sync will not be able to rebuild your shared libraries. If you have a lot of shared libraries, you should hop over to the FolderShare website while it’s still available and copy all that information. You’ll need it to rebuild your shared libraries in Sync.

Thanks for being a FolderShare user! We’re excited about delivering an even better file-synchronization experience to customers like you. We hope you’ll come along as we move forward with Windows Live Sync.

Sincerely,
The Windows Live Sync (formerly FolderShare) team

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