Windows Live Sync to be released next month

By LiveSide | In Featured, News | Posted November 21, 2008 9 comments

We told you that Windows Live FolderShare will be rebranded as Windows Live Sync. We also reported that Windows Live Sync will play a part in both Photo Gallery and possibly Toolbar. Today the FolderShare (or Windows Live Sync) team blog officially announced the rebranding and revealed some of the new features and improvements over the original FolderShare, here’s the announcement:

We plan to announce a product called Windows Live Sync. You can think of it as FolderShare 2.0. It’s going to look familiar and offer the same great features, plus:
- 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
- New client versions for both Windows and Mac
- Unicode support – sync files in other languages

Existing FolderShare users should also take note of the following:

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.

You should also note that the Professional option is being retired with the FolderShare name. Sync has a single offer, which provides free synchronization for up to 20 libraries and 20,000 files. We’ll be working to raise those numbers as our service grows.

The Windows Experience Blog also added that Windows Live Sync is scheduled to go live in December at . We should be expecting that the “release candidate” versions of the Windows Live Essentials suite should also be coming soon too, perhaps at the same time as Windows Live Sync (after all, Sync is part of the Essentials suite).

Posted November 21st, 2008 at 1:06 pm
Category: Featured, News
Tags: FolderShare, Sync, Wave 3
  • Johan Nordberg

    I dont really get why we need Mesh, Sync and SkyDrive. Aren’t they all just versions of the same thing?

  • Sunshine

    You can also read the announcement in French, Spanish, German, Portugese and Italian at

  • lbastie

    I won’t use it. What’s the point? I have SkyDrive as a big back-up and Live Mesh for data replication on various PCs.

    Like OneCare, Foldershare should be cut: no business for them.

  • joeale

    Windows Live Sync is going Sync with sky drive and live mesh.And live mesh going two work with xbox 360 and the zune.

  • damaster

    Sync and Mesh uses the same technology behind them. However, Mesh is a technology preview (or beta), while Sync is an actual mature product, integrated into the Windows Live Essentials suite.

    Think of Mesh as Microsoft showing off what they are capable of doing, and Sync is the end product for all consumers. As reported by us before, the technologies behind Live Mesh will gradually be used into Windows Live products in Wave 4.

  • rgonzruiz

    I doubt Mesh will stay as a simple beta… I think in the future MS will probably unite WLSync and Skydrive into Mesh, as Mesh appears to be a more scalable and robust product… In the meantime, where can we find (or can someone state) the main differences & similarities between the current WLSync and Mesh products so that we can actually understand why MS has decided to take two different paths to what appears to be the same end goal?

  • kbhasi

    If i were to store files on the net, sky drive is good enough for me.

  • foaf

    For the average user (probably not liveside readers) Sync makes lots of sense. Hopefully it will extend across the product range, so you won’t even need to think about syncing favorites, photos, videos to SkyDrive etc. Looking forward to it.

  • SteveBallmer

    Look for more good things!
    The Zune4 is coming, wait until you see how well it syncs!