|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 Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Samsung SmartTV, BlackBerry OS, and Symbian devices. For Linux, only an 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 service as well as a paid for version, an announcement has been sent to users of the free service advising expiry of that service effective February 8th, 2014 - below is an excerpt from that email.
Important: SugarSync Free Plan Expiring
Dear SugarSync User,
Thanks for using SugarSync. We wanted to let you know that beginning on February 8th, 2014 we will transition to a paid service. In order to continue using SugarSync you will need to upgrade your account.
Making this change is something we’ve planned for a while. It will allow us to serve you better and add features that will help SugarSync users get more from the service.
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 the company SugarSync in 2009. In December 2013, Sugarsync betrayed all of its longtime "free" customers by announcing that the "free" accounts, whose members had gotten by doing promotional work and referrals for Sugarsync, would be cancelled on February 8, 2014.
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.
SugarSync was launched in 2008. The software is designed to sync all of a user's files (documents, media, photos, etc.) across multiple machines.
SugarSync also works as an online backup utility; users can access their data on the SugarSync website.
SugarSync differentiates itself from competitors by employing an automatic refresh of its sync. SugarSync does not require users to schedule updates of synced files; instead, SugarSync constantly monitors changes to files—additions, deletions, edits—and syncs these changes with any other linked devices as well as the SugarSync servers.
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 by Mark Willis (which allows users to sync folders on Linux machines with SugarSync).
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