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Update: Michael Merhej just emailed me and confirmed that the Mac version will be re-released by end of the weekend. Okay we can all exhale, because our favorite app is going to remain cross platform. Foldershare, a file syncronization p2p application which I have written in […]

Update: Michael Merhej just emailed me and confirmed that the Mac version will be re-released by end of the weekend. Okay we can all exhale, because our favorite app is going to remain cross platform.

Foldershare, a file syncronization p2p application which I have written in the past has been acquired by Microsoft for an undiscolosed amount of money it seems. A reader had alerted me that Foldershare had stopped the Mac downloads, and wondered if the company had been acquired. I heard back from Michael and he promised that the download would be back online by end of the weekend. After today’s news, I wonder if he will keep the promise :-)

If the download doesn’t return, then it will prove Russell Beattie’s contention that Live is nothing but Monopoly 4.0. More than all the song-and-dance about Microsoft’s new found Web 2.0 religion, I want to see if they really practice what they preach. This will be the first test as far as I am concerned. That Shrek thing, lets put that on hold for now.

  1. I rely on the cross platform capabilities of this software for my education. Without the mac version of this software, I have no clue how I would manage my two laptops and all the data that I need at any moment from either one of them. I only hope that Microsoft can recognize the significance of FolderShares Win/Web/Mac multiplatform goodness, or else I will be one sad customer+computer user.

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  2. Bullshit. You’ve already made up your mind on MS. Are you going to jump up and down and say, ‘they get it’ if they do include Mac compat? No. Sit down and put a cork in it fatty.

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  3. Just the other day I was reminiscing about the days when Wordstar, Wordperfect, and Lotus 1-2-3 ruled the PC roost and the only people who used Excel and Word were Mac guys . . . How soon we forget.

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  4. jammy, name calling is not appreciated. since i don’t know how you look, i cannot respond :-)

    of course, if they do continue the mac compatablity. i will absolutely applaud them for what they do. that’s just the way it is. i keep saying microsoft office for mac is better than their windows products.

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  5. Classy attitude Om by not removing the personal derogatory attack. However, you can safely remove his profanity from his post.

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  6. It’s interesting it was bought by the MSN group…it could be a cool feature in Windows Live, as long as they continue multi-OS support…else, there’ll be an opportunity for another standalone foldershare competitor.

    And Jammy, enough with the name-calling…you’ll get a lot more attention for your views with a more mature approach.

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  7. Interesting, given that MS already owns Groove, which also has folder sync capability. Why would they need this company? MAC compatibility? What does it mean for Groove?

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  8. Are there any other cross-platform tools out there like FolderShare? I purchased their pro license and, up until now, I’m glad I did. However, since I’m Mac-based, I rely on the cross-platform nature of the tool. To me, it’s one of the best “web” services I’ve ever used. Let’s hope it remains that way despite it’s new owner.

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  9. [...] For one thing, the “Mac client has disappeared”http://gigaom.com/2005/11/03/microsoft-buys-foldershare-will-mac-client-be-roadkill/ from their website with no indication that it’s about to return. For another thing, this acquisition is part of Microsoft’s recently anounced “Live” services push, so I’m sure that the utility and value of foldershare as a simple and easy to use private file sharing and synchronization tool will be subsumed into Microsoft’s larger services strategy. Likely outcomes of this transformation: [...]

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  10. I’ve been happily using foldershare for over a year. I can’t say that I’m happy about this announcement. Right now, foldershare offers me a great value. The client software is lightweight, the price is reasonable, and it does just what I want it to do. All of that is at risk once MS starts bundling it into their services offering. It will become burdened by serving their larger services strategy.

    To be fair, this is the nature of just about every acquisition (not just those that get absorbed into Microsoft). Either the acquirer continues to invest in technology, but those investments serve a larger strategy, or they put the money primarily into sales and marketing while the product technology is neglected.

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