March 8, 2006 in 4 out of 5 stars, Hosted software

What is it?

FolderShare: FolderShare is a product that was bought by Microsoft last Fall and is free as part of it's Windows Live services. FolderShare uses Peer2Peer to keep files on multiple computers in sync.


Who makes it?

Originally created by ByteTaxi Inc., recently acquired by Microsoft

Why is it the killerest?

When a file is added, changed, or deleted from one computer, that change notification (not the file) is sent to the server, which notifies other computers that are to be synched.  Then the other computers begin mirroring the changes by downloading the file directly from the computer where it was changed.

Some other cool features of FolderShare is that you can use Spotlight (Mac) or MSN Desktop Search (PC) to search files on any of your computers. It also allows you to share folders with other FolderShare users, and access your files remotely through the web interface.

FolderShare authenticates via RSA and is encrypted via 256 bit AES over SSL. FolderShare also has no problem working behind firewalls or through proxies.

What could be improved?

The clients seem to poll every 5 minutes.  It would be nice to configure this to be a little shorter period of time.

How much does it cost?



Reviewed by Brian Sweeting

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I seem to remember google getting blasted on privacy grounds for including the same functionality in google desktop...

Posted by: Shane | Mar 12, 2006 4:05:40 PM

I have tried this out and want to know why it connects to Is it used as a tracker?

Posted by: James | Apr 11, 2006 11:40:03 AM