Alternatives to Windows Live - Sync for all platforms with any license

  • Dropbox icon

    Dropbox

    Worlds leading online storage and file sync service. You get 2GB free. Apps for all major platforms.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Blackberry Chrome OS Windows RT Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

  • Microsoft OneDrive icon

    Microsoft OneDrive

    Get to your files from anywhere, on any device, with Microsoft OneDrive. Share and work together with anyone in your work and life.

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Chrome OS Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire

  • Box icon

    Box

    Box.com's online file storage makes it easy to securely share content as a link or a shared folder with anyone - inside or outside...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Chrome OS Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

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    SpiderOak

    SpiderOak provides an easy, secure and consolidated online backup, storage, access, sharing & sync tool for Windows, Mac OS X, and...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... iPad Xfce

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    CrashPlan

    CrashPlan lets you automatically back up your hard drive to another computer, for free. The paid version of CrashPlan offers secure...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... iPad

  • 4Shared icon

    4Shared

    4Shared is a large online storage facility where Internet users store their text, audio, video, photo, and other files and share them...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... S60 Blackberry iPad

  • SugarSync icon

    SugarSync

    SugarSync is the best way to backup, access, sync, and share all your files and folders including documents, photos, videos, and music...

    Commercial Mac Windows Windows Mobile Android iPhone S60 ... Blackberry Windows RT Android Tablet iPad Microsoft Office Outlook Kindle Fire

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    Tonido

    #1 Private File Sharing, Sync and Mobile Access for Home and Business. Access, Sync and Share ALL your docs, photos, music and videos...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Blackberry Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Self-Hosted Chrome Firefox

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    GoodSync

    GoodSync syncs files between your computer, mobile devices, FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, Google Drive, SkyDrive, WebDAV, Azure.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Syncplicity

    The only automated sync, back-up, collaboration and file management service powerful enough for a business user and easy enough for a...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

  • Allway Sync icon

    Allway Sync

    Allway Sync is a free file and folder synchronization software for Windows for private use until max.20000 files/month. It is...

    Freemium Windows

  • OpenDrive icon

    OpenDrive

    OpenDrive is a remote drive for your computer, that allows you to store, sync, share, link, sell, advertise or back up files from your...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone

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    Qtd Sync

    A graphical interface for the Rsync engine that will synchronise files between two computers either locally or over the internet. The...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Pogoplug icon

    Pogoplug

    Pogoplug is cloud storage which provides unlimited storage. Access all your files, photos, music and movies wherever you are....

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone HP webOS ... Blackberry Android Tablet iPad

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    GoAruna

    This is the desktop client for the file sharing service, GoAruna. Just sign up for an Account and you're all set to go. GoAruna...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone S60 HP webOS Blackberry iPad

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    PowerFolder

    PowerFolder allows you to sync,share and backup folders or files in lan or online, across multiple computer and encrypted. Easily...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... iPad

  • SharedSafe icon

    SharedSafe

    Encryption and synchronization for your Online Storage. For Dropbox, FTP and Email Storage (IMAP). With SharedSafe you can share...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Storegate icon

    Storegate

    Backup, access and share all digital information anytime from anywhere. Secure storage, automatic backup, access, file sharing, online...

    Commercial Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

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    SafeCopy

    SafeCopy online backup providing one account for all your computers. Backup, share and access your files securely from anywhere: Mac...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud

  • Soonr icon

    Soonr

    Soonr offers simple document organization and file-sharing with automatic backup and access from any Web browser or mobile phone.

    Free Personal Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

  • Dropsync icon

    Dropsync

    DropSync is a super fast and flexible folder synchronization tool. It is ideal for a wide range of syncing tasks including: ...

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

  • Micro Focus iFolder icon

    Micro Focus iFolder

    iFolder is a simple and secure storage solution that can increase your productivity by enabling you to back up, access and manage your...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Syncless icon

    Syncless

    Syncless - An open-source and free synchronization tool so seamless youll forget about it What makes Syncless so unique is the way...

    Open Source Windows

  • Memeo Backup icon

    Memeo Backup

    Simple Backup for a complex digital world. Choose from Instant Backup and Premium Backup with more flexibility and Windows...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • SmartSync Pro icon

    SmartSync Pro

    SmartSync Pro is a universal solution to back up and synchronize your important data to the same drive, different drive, network...

    Commercial Windows

  • Foldermatch icon

    Foldermatch

    FolderMatch is a program that compares directories and files, showing the differences clearly. -Easily, quickly, and reliably...

    Commercial Windows

Windows Live - Sync Comments

On March 31, 2011, Windows Live Sync will stop working!

Comment by em4020
about Windows Live - Sync Jun 2011

*On March 31, 2011, Windows Live Sync will stop working! *

After March 31, this program will no longer sync your files between your computers and you won't be able to access your files remotely from sync.live.com.
To deliver a better product for all customers, several services will be combined into a new product called Windows Live Mesh (1).
Windows Live Mesh offers similar features to Windows Live Sync, but with several performance and reliability improvements.

With Windows Live Mesh, you can:
- Sync folders between computers (PC or Mac).
- Sync folders to a new online storage space.
- Sync your program settings for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office.
- Connect to your PCs remotely to access their files and run programs on them.

Note: Windows Live Mesh is available only for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Mac OS X version 10.5 or later, NOT AVAILABLE for Windows XP

Windows Live Sync will continue to run until March 31, 2011. However, it is no longer accepting new customers.
On March 31, 2011, you will no longer be able to sign in to Windows Live Sync on your PC, Mac, or on the web.

(1) Small Windows Live Mesh iconWindows Live Mesh

(2) http://explore.live.com/windows-live-mesh?os=winxp

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If you like this software, try Windows Live Mesh.. essentia ...

Comment by deranjer
about Windows Live - Sync Jun 2011

If you like this software, try Windows Live Mesh.. essentially the same thing, but I think it runs smoother and has more options...I really like the Live Desktop with windows live mesh as well.. you can browse your files online in a nice interface!

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Allows you to choose folders you wish to sync across system ...

Comment by vinnyl
about Windows Live - Sync Jun 2011

Allows you to choose folders you wish to sync across systems. By and large, it works very well and I have come to depend on it but several features are holding it back from being the best one out there.

Features it needs
- Ability to synchronize without a user being logged on. Specifically, it does not install as a service.
- Ability to filter specific files or file types in a directory from being synched.
- Ability when setting up directories to be synched to better compare if files are actually the same or not.
- Option to purchase online storage to sync to (similar to a Dropbox or SugarSync)

It's just to bad that it seems Microsoft has abandoned this great piece of software.

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I like Live Sync for synchronizing remote directories, free ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows Live - Sync Jun 2011

I like Live Sync for synchronizing remote directories, freely selectable, without a web proxy.
But the proxy setting mask http://screencast.com/t/YjZiMzBmYTUt for Live Sync is missing an entry for username and password as has DropBox or SugarSync. Therefore, Live Sync does not work in a corporate network with a HTTP proxy with password protection, where DropBox and SugarSync, however, work very well: ScreenShot of DropBox proxy input: http://alternativeto.net/desktop/dropbox/ (2. ScreenShot from left). In addition, SugarSync provides even a domain input as a complement: http://screencast.com/t/MzgwYzc0OWIt .
My suggestion: establish the proxy server input for live sync, as with DropBox with a username and password input for HTTP and Socks proxy or with additional domain entry like SugarSync.
(Interestingly Evernote works in a corporate network which is proxy and password protected, although in Evernote you must not specify a proxy).

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DropBox: only one folder with subfolders as a complete pac ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows Live - Sync Jun 2011

DropBox: only one folder with subfolders as a complete package with the same synchronizing partners for the package.
Live Sync: up to 20 folders on different locations can be freely selected: very flexible.
Each folder can have different synchronizing partners.

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Synchronizing of folders of more then 2 computers not with ...

Comment by em4020
about Windows Live - Sync Jun 2011

Synchronizing of folders of more then 2 computers not with SugarSync for free
I wanted to sync a folder on my computer with a synchronous copy of this folder on the computer of a aunt, 200 km away from me for purposes of remote software installation.

First I wanted to do this with sugarsync, where I already have 2 computers synchronized (free up to 2GB) : my private and my office computer.
But SugarSync does not allow to synchronize a 3rd computer for free.
So this is only possible with Windows Live Sync.

Following the information of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WindowsLiveSync :

A maximum of 20 folders (or "libraries") may by synced, including libraries shared over the internet. Each library can contain a maximum of 20,000 files and each file cannot exceed 4GB.

I would bei interested about a link to a confirmation of this Wikipedia information from Microsoft itself.

After setting up the synchronisation for one folder between my PC and my aunt's PC with Windows Live Sync , this works very well to our fullest satisfaction.

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This is the closest comparable tool to DropBox that I've se ...

Comment by S2s
about Windows Live - Sync Jun 2011

This is the closest comparable tool to DropBox that I've seen and liked. I actually use both for different purposes. I run Sync on my wife's laptop to automatically back up her My Documents to our desktop computer. But I used DropBox to share files to work, primarily because I can also run it on my iPod Touch.

Sync is pretty stable/reliable, free, and very flexible. I really like that you don't need to put the files you want to sync into a separate folder, as per Dropbox.

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