Cool things you should know about Windows Live #1 – Foldershare


We’re releasing quite a bit of new stuff – some in beta, some final release – around Windows Live and I’m finding that much of the time people aren’t aware of what some of the cool pieces are.

So I decided it might be useful to blog a few of these, and rather than trying to do it all in one go (which people might not read) I’ve split them up into bite-sized chunks that I’ll blog over a period of time – starting today.

What is it?

Allows you to access files on your home PC from any web browser eg from your work machine.

Or the other way around.

Or, in fact, allow you to access files from any number of machines from any web browser.

Actually you can do more than that (eg keep a folder synchronized automatically between multiple machines, share files with friends) but the ability to remotely access your entire hard drive, from a browser, is a key plus for me.

What’s cool about it?

  • It’s free
  • It’s really easy to set up and use
  • There are plenty of other usage scenarios
  • It simply works

Where do I get it?

www.foldershare.com

Comments (5)

  1. vasudev says:

    I had blogged about it some times back in the last month. Yes, people don’t know much about this, though Microsoft acquired it & put it under Live services long time back.

  2. ianm says:

    Thanks vasudev. Agree it’s not as well known as it should be, given how useful it is

  3. David Hearn says:

    I guess the fact that Microsoft acquired it is the reason it’s based on PHP.  Seemed strange that MS would launch a product based on PHP rather than ASP. 😉

  4. ianm says:

    I wouldn’t get hung up about it to be honest. And by the by, we have just announced some interesting collaboration with Zend at Zendcon (the PHP conference) – see http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/oct07/10-09ZendPR.mspx.