One of the must-have apps that’s installed on all my Windows machines (plus there’s also a Mac version) is Windows Live FolderShare, which enables you to automatically share and synchronize files and folders across the Internet (and access them from anywhere).
FolderShare is free, peer-to-peer file sharing — or self-to-self file sharing, as the case may be. I use it both ways.
As noted on the FolderShare Web site, use the app to do the following:
- Keep files in sync across your computers.
- Share folders with friends.
- Access your files from any computer.
In fact, the concept is so simple, the learn more page is incredibly concise. Additionally, FolderShare is a simple way to ensure that your most important files are always backed up on at least one other machine.
Getting FolderShare set up is super-easy. Here’s all you have to do:
- Install the small app (it’ll always run in the background).
- Create an account.
- Specify a folder whose contents you want to synchronize.
- Repeat on other computers.
Here are some ways I use FolderShare for both work and personal stuff:
- Group shares for files we want to share with everyone (doubles as backup on colleagues’ machines since if your machine crashes, files are still on the machines of others)
- Project notes and documentation
- Articulate Presenter project share (see Method 2 of my Word of Mouth blog entry on the topic)
- Screenshots (I take lots of screenshots for blog entries, supporting customers, etc., so I like to have access to my screenshots across all machines)
- Daily software builds (so that our dev, QA, and support teams always have access to latest versions of products in development)
- Private share (for a quick and dirty way to share files between laptop & desktop)
- My RoboForm Data (sync your RoboForm data folder so you always have latest logins,SafeNotes, etc. on all of your computers)
- Quicken (ensure my latest financial data is always present and backed up on all of my computers)
All that and once you install it, it just works — automatically in the background.[ Subscribe to gabeanderson.com via email or RSS feed. ]