10 Sync Tools every Office Worker Should Know About

Aibek Esengulov 02-03-2008

Want to have identical browser settings on every one of your PCs ? How about keeping documents on your office and home PCs synchronized? For these and several other ways to sync your data read further. Enjoy!


1. Google Browser Sync – Sync Browser Bookmarks, History, Settings, etc. between diff. PCs

Google Browser Sync - Synchronize Bookmarks, browsing history, settings across multiple browsers

Google Browser Sync is a Firefox extension from Google that can auto synchronize your browser bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords – across multiple computers. It even lets you restore open browser tabs and windows across different machines so you can always pickup from where you left. It’s completely automated, all you need to do is to install it on all computers that you use on a regular basis.

2. SyncToy [Broken URL Removed] – Synchronize Files Between PC and USB Thumbdrive

SyncToy - Synchronize Files Between PC and USB Thumbdrive


USB drives are great for backups. Want to automate backup to USB process and make sure that files always remain fresh? SyncToy is simple Windows program from Microsoft that provides an easy way to sync files between the hardrive and USB Flash Drive. Check out our step by step guide to sync files between PC and USB thumb drive How to Sync Files between PC and USB Thumb Drive? Read More here.

3. [NO LONGER WORKS] DocSyncer – Sync ‘My Documents’ Office Files with Google Docs

SyncToy - Synchronize Files Between PC and USB Thumbdrive

Are you a Google Docs user? If yes, then make sure to give DocSyncer a try. This web/desktop application allows you to automatically synchronize Microsft Office files in ‘My Documents’ folder with your Google Docs account.


Why would you want to use it?

Not only it does it enable you to edit your Office docs (on all of your PCs) through Google Docs, but it also lets you keep documents that are stored on multiple PCs (work, home etc.) always synchornized with the latest version.

4. [NO LONGER WORKS] FolderShare – Synchronize Files Across Multiple Computers and Mobile Devices.

FolderShare - Synchronize files between multile PCs and mobile devices


Another free utility from Microsoft. This one lets you synchronize different folders between multiple computers. There are also remote access and file sharing features. Windows only.

5. IM History – Sync chat conversations from multiple IM clients to Web

    • IM-History is a pretty cool desktop application that stores and syncs IM conversations from multiple instant messengers in one place. Whether you’re on Skype, MSN, AIM, ICQ, at work or at home, you can have all chat conversations securely stored online. Access and search them anytime from anywhere.

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6. [NO LONGER WORKS] Nutsie – Sync your iTunes Music Library to Web and Access it from Mobile


Sync your Musci Library to Web and Access it from Mobile / PC

Nutsie brings your iTunes library to your mobile phone. It creates an identical online version of your iTunes library and makes it accessible from your mobile phone or some other computer. The only problem with it is that it may take upto 2 days to generate your library.

7. ShiftD – Sync Notes, Links and Places between Multiple Devices

Sync Notes, Links and Places between Multiple Devices

ShifD is a newly launched service from NY Times. It’s a one of a kind service that can be used to synchronize stuff like notes, web links and addresses (map locations) between multiple devices (mobile, Blackberry, PC, Mac etc.). For instance, if you post a note from one of the devices it will appear on all other synced devices as well. It can be used from the website, desktop client or mobile phone.

8. Mobical – Backup Mobile Contacts, Address Book, Calendar, Bookmarks and Settings

Backup Mobile Contacts, Address Book and Calendar

Simple and straightforward over-the-air mobile backup and restore service to automatically backup your mobile phone 4 Tools to Back Up Your Mobile Phone Read More . Mobical creates an online copy of your mobile contents. You can edit contacts, add appointments, and save notes online and it will sync changes with your handset. Similarly, all edits you make on the phone will be synced with the web copy. Simple and convenient.

9. OggSync -Sync Windows Mobile Phone and Outlook with Google Calendar

Sync Windows Mobile Phone with Outlook and Google Calendar

Oggsync is a two-way sync between Outlook (or Microsoft Exchange) and Google Calendar(s). That is to say, you can view Google Calendar entries in Outlook and vice versa. For a two-way sync between Gcal and default calendar on your mobile phone see GCalSync.

10. Mozy – Backup Files to Web

Unlike anything above, Mozy is backup tool. It’s a simple, quick, and highly automated program that lets you securely backup important files online. Install it, specify which files you want it to backup, and let it do the work. No need to worry about keeping backup files up-to-date, Mozy keeps them synchronized. See demo video here.

As always, in case we missed any good sync tool please let us know in comments.

Related topics: Cloud Storage, Data Backup, Digital Document, Google Docs, Instant Messaging, iTunes, Microsoft Outlook, USB Drive, Windows Mobile.

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  1. Utals
    January 27, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Shocker! Why should anybody put office documents on the internet into hands of foreign corporations? Who the hell owns them?

  2. Drupal Masster
    November 17, 2009 at 5:28 am


    Dont forget this two nice google features:
    1.) - sync between mobile and google apps
    2.) - sync your calendar with outlook and google - so @ all time your calendar is up to date

  3. Jean Claude
    August 28, 2009 at 12:02 am

    You can add aDrive to the list. It has a free version for personal use with a 50gb online limit. I use it and find it works quite well.

  4. Piano Transport
    March 18, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Nice list. As for online backup I have switched from Mozy, to Memopal because it gives 150 Gb for up to ten computers I think (I'm using only 3. It has an iphone version and you can send a link to any file.

  5. Davis
    November 18, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Thanks Thien Rong, tried hibernater and it is working great, now i don't have to upload my files to my email everytime

  6. Thien Rong
    October 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    I think you can add

    It is a window program that stores your data online in a central server,
    - histories of Internet Explorer and Firefox
    - favorites you choose to save
    - Does not need installation
    - hibernate/store your current files (Current supported apps : MS office, IE tabs, firefox tabs)
    - resume/load next time on any other PC the files hibernated/stored previously
    - auto-login your MSN Messager

  7. Armando Martires
    October 16, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Excelent list! I think you could add dropbox( to it, it's an excellent file sync tool, cross-platform, with share and version tracking.

  8. Arnaud
    March 4, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Definitely missing xdrive here (5Go of free space)
    If you use Xdrive on Adobe Air it is even better!
    Enjoy and share!

  9. Bob Wise
    March 4, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Very nice article! I work for Melodeo on the nuTsie product - thanks for the mention. Normally we manage to upload/process your iTunes library in under an hour. We've occasionally had times when it went as long as a couple of days for a small number of users - very sorry you were one of those!


    Bob Wise
    VP Engineering
    Melodeo, Inc.

    • Aibek
      March 16, 2008 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks for dropping by.

      Despite it taking that long, I still consider Nutsie the best music tool for mobile devices and recommend it to pretty much everyone. :-)

  10. PR
    March 3, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    FYI FolderShare works on Macs too.

  11. Andrew
    March 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    You can also use to sync your chat history from AIM, iChat, Pidgim, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Miranda, Adium messengers.

  12. Lydgate
    March 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Too Windows-centric.

    For me, there are just two words: rsync, and git :)

  13. J T
    March 3, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Of course rsync is the simplest answer

  14. Praveen
    March 3, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Great List, thanks. I hope ill use one of these in the near future.

  15. Lukas Labryszewski
    March 3, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Helpful List - you got my delicious bookmark :)

    Another great sync tool that we use is SyncBackSE - Allows us to automate backups of important documents from 5 computers onto one central drive. We purchased our copy but I believe they have a freeware version as well. Also allows to backup to FTP which is nice if you need that.

    We then use Mozy to backup the central drive for additional protection.

    Also, don't forget Hamachi which is great for sharing your folders across multiple computers (setting up a private network over the internet) - which then you may also use to backup and sync files to your computers which I do for syncing my Roboform Data from my office computer and home computer. Roboform is a gem which I couldn't live without... It allows me to keep all my passwords in one place, and currently I have about 400 passwords!

  16. Shawn
    March 3, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Aibek, nice article! There's a couple of items there I wasn't familiar with that I'm definitely going to check out.

    I did a couple write-ups telling people how to set up Google Browser Sync and Mozy on my blog so if anyone has any questions, hop on over to and get to readin'! :)

  17. Narayanan Hariharan
    March 3, 2008 at 1:12 am

    One good sync tool u've forgotten to add is ZYB ( I've been using this service for more than 2 yrs now and it hasn't failed me even once. Syncing the mobile happens in a jiffy. Its a must try for all mobile users.

  18. knife geek
    March 3, 2008 at 12:13 am

    I don't even know where to start. Nice list. I feel like I've been missing out all this time. The only thing I ever share between machines is my google bookmarks (using the toolbar).