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Microsoft Grabs FolderShare

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Adding yet another facet to its Windows Live lineup, Microsoft announced the acquisition of FolderShare, a file synchronization and remote access service that allows users to access their files via the Internet and share them with others.

Microsoft joins the recent shift to Web-based applications with this week’s launce Windows Live and the forthcoming Office Live, realizing the profitability and unique utility of Web-based services. The purchase of Austin, Texas-based FolderShare, a ByteTaxi Inc. subsidiary, will become part of that shift to ad-supported online offerings.

FolderShare claims their service “saves customers the hassle of sending large files via email, burning them to CDs or DVDs and mailing them, or uploading them to a Website.” Users are able to sync important information, accessible from any Web browser, which makes it a good match for personal or small business use.

“Our mission for Windows Live(TM) is to enable customers to easily find
the information, pursue the interests and deepen the relationships that enrich their lives,” said Blake Irving, corporate vice president of the MSN Communication Services and Member Platform group at Microsoft.

“FolderShare technology will help customers access their information anytime, anywhere and on multiple devices, unifying their overall experience.”

Pressure to move services to the Web on an advertising supported model has come from major players like Google and Yahoo!, who continue to demonstrate the success of the model.

Microsoft Grabs FolderShare
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