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November 13, 2012

SugarSync Revamps Popular Cloud-Based File Sharing Service

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

“Your Cloud. Your Way.”

That’s the mantra of file sharing provider SugarSync, which has rolled out the public beta launch of its popular cloud-based app, SugarSync 2.0.

SugarSync 2.0 was redesigned “from the ground up,” according to SugarSync CEO Laura Yecies, with the intent of offering more flexible sharing features and enhanced search capabilities.

“As more non-technical users incorporate the cloud into their everyday life, we’ve made a point to work with our customers and understand what they really need. As a result, we went back to the drawing board and redesigned SugarSync from the ground up,” Yecies said in a statement.

New users get 5GB of storage for free and can earn up to 32GB by referring other free users (you get 500MB for each new free user you refer). They can also earn unlimited free storage by referring paid users, as SugarSync offers 10GB of additional storage – with no limit – for each new paid subscriber referred.

While keeping the same functionality of SugarSync intact, the redesigned app now includes features such as more flexible sharing and integrated search that users have been requesting, as well as a cloud drive called “SugarSync Drive” that allows users to access cloud data right from their file system.

SugarSync will also still continue to support all platforms, including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian (News - Alert) and Windows Mobile (with Windows Phone coming soon).

With SugarSync 2.0, the company has also included drag-and-drop sharing. Users drag the file or folder that they want to share onto the contact that they want to share with. And if a folder a user is sharing is not already in the cloud, SugarSync will automatically upload it and make it ready to share with social media contacts such as Facebook (News - Alert) and Twitter.

While millions of users in more than 120 countries currently use SugarSync, the company recognized that there are hundreds of millions of people worldwide who still do not use any cloud sync service.

“While the cloud has gained massive popularity over the past few years, the overall adoption of cloud sync services has only reached 15 percent worldwide, meaning today’s cloud services – such as SugarSync – have an incredible amount of growth opportunity ahead,” Yecies added. “We don’t just want to be the best cloud service – we want to be the best cloud service that people are actually able to integrate into their day-to-day lives.”

Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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