|Initial release||November 2009|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows
|Type||Online backup service|
SugarSync is a cloud service that enables active synchronization of files across computers and other devices for file backup, access, syncing, and sharing from a variety of operating systems, such as Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Mac OS X, Samsung SmartTV, Symbian, Windows, and Windows Mobile devices. For Linux, only a discontinued unofficial third-party client is available.
The program automatically refreshes its sync by constantly monitoring changes to files—additions, deletions, edits—and syncs these changes with any other linked devices as well as the SugarSync servers.
Originally offering a free 5GB plan and several paid plans, the company transitioned to a paid-only model on February 8th, 2014.
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SugarSync was born out of a company named Sharpcast, which was incorporated in 2004 by Gibu Thomas (CEO) and Ben Strong (Chief technical officer). In 2006, Sharpcast unveiled Sharpcast Photos, a tool for synchronizing images between multiple devices including PCs and mobile phones. Both founders left the company in November 2008. In December 2008, Laura Yecies was appointed as the CEO. Yecies and her team re-focused the company and renamed it SugarSync in 2009.
Sharpcast Photos was shut down at the end of 2009. Users were given the option to migrate to the SugarSync service or retrieve their photos.
In December, 2013, SugarSync announced that they would be discontinuing their free 5GB plan and transitioning to a paid-only service by February, 2014.
The company says that SugarSync's backend offers various advantages, including media transcoding which supports multiple device types in constrained computing and network environments.
API and third-party addons
In March 2010, SugarSync unveiled an API. As a result, there are several unofficial SugarSync addons and applications available. These addons come both in the form of web services and browser extensions and desktop applications such as SugarSync Linux desktop client (now discontinued) by Mark Willis.
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- "SugarSync Transitions to Paid-Only Service Model". Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- Synchronization Platform for Digital Convergence, Sync, Storage, Sharing, Mobile and Remote Access – Sharpcast.
- Announcing the SugarSync Developer Community and our new beta Platform API.