Although there's no firm date, the cloud-storage company SugarSync will be making an official Windows Phone 7 client sometime in 2012. This follows after an unofficial announcement back in September 2011.
In a letter sent to all customers (we're one of 'em), the CEO of SugarSync Laura Yecies detailed what they accomplished in 2011 and what they are expecting in 2012. In the latter part (as seen below) is where the company is announcing a client for Microsoft's mobile OS along with an iPad version.
SugarSync is a lot like Dropbox where users can have a free and paid accounts with online storage of files, including the ability to sync via your desktop. Presumably a Windows Phone client shouldn't be too hard to make, so hopefully we'll see this in the first half of 2012. For more info, head to www.sugarsync.com.
Read the full letter after the break...
As we look back on 2011, we're happy to say that this has been an extremely exciting year here at SugarSync. We have had explosive growth in 2011 – with a 6X growth in users – and we now have millions of users worldwide. We've also signed major partnerships with Lenovo, SanDisk, Fujitsu, France-Telecom Orange and more to help expand our reach internationally and add value for our users.
Looking back on 2011 not only helps us remember all that was accomplished, but it also keeps us excited about all the new features we're currently working hard on to bring to you in 2012. As a reflection, I've compiled a list of links to some of the cool new things we launched in 2011. And following this list, I want to give you – our loyal users – a sneak peek at what's coming up in 2012.
Without further ado, here's an overview of product improvements we rolled out in 2011:
- 1/25/11 – Desktop/Web update. (opens in new tab) We added new features to streamline sharing and make everything easier for you to use.
- 2/14/11 – Symbian S60 3rd edition App. (opens in new tab) For our international users who love Symbian, we rolled out a new app for Symbian's most popular version for you.
- 3/23/11 – Desktop/Web update. (opens in new tab) With this system update, we simplified the setup process for you and enabled PayPal support, giving you an easier way to pay.
- 3/28/11 – New iOS App. (opens in new tab) This was our biggest iOS update to date, and we added simpler link sharing, the ability to save mobile photos to your computers, multiple file and folder selection, and more.
- 4/25/11 – AutoSync for Android. (opens in new tab) With this release we introduced AutoSync, the fastest, easiest way to move your mobile photos and folders between your Android devices and computers.
- 6/14/11 – Mobile Device Management and new BlackBerry app. (opens in new tab) This gives you the ability to control data on your iOS mobile devices from the SugarSync Web console.
- 8/23/11 – New BlackBerry App. (opens in new tab) New features in this app included offline use, sync from device's SD card, and PIN code for additional security.
- 9/20/11 – Text Editing, iOS app update (opens in new tab), and Mobile Device Management for Android devices. (opens in new tab) The new iOS app added text editing, and we extended the mobile device management feature to Android so you can control your Android devices from your computer.
- 10/18/11 – SugarSync for Outlook. (opens in new tab) Our SugarSync for Outlook plugin enables you to send files directly from Outlook.
- 11/30/11 – Optimized Android app for the Kindle Fire. (opens in new tab) Since so many of you were excited about the Kindle Fire, we optimized our app to ensure that it works perfectly with the new device.
And on a personal note, in 2011 I launched a new personal blog – The Kitchen Sync (opens in new tab) – where I discuss work, life, the Cloud, and other topics. So if you're interested in getting updates from me, please feel free to follow my posts there.
While we're very proud of this list (as well as many other smaller updates that were not listed here), we're also excited about all the great developments we have in the pipeline. 2012 is going to be an even more exciting year than 2011.
Three things we've already rolled out this year include:
- 1/4/12 – AutoSync of Videos for Android (opens in new tab). In January we updated our Android app to extend our AutoSync technology to mobile videos.
- 1/4/12 – Better Photo Experience in iOS App. (opens in new tab) Also in January, we updated our iOS app to include a new photo tab experience, upload of multiple photos at once, and the ability to control image quality.
- 2/2/12 - A completely new and redesigned SugarSync.com Web site (opens in new tab)
And among the many new developments we'll be rolling out throughout the rest of 2012, you can expect to see:
- Support for external (e.g. USB) drives
- Samsung Smart TV's will have SugarSync integrated (opens in new tab)
- A re-design of our user interface to make SugarSync even easier to use
- The ability to search your files in SugarSync
- Updated mobile apps and new apps for iPad and Windows Phone 7
Thanks to you and your feedback, SugarSync continues to evolve and grow. If you have any additional feedback, please send it to me at email@example.com (opens in new tab). We're already hard at work on these new features above (and so many more), and we vow to continue to improve SugarSync so that we can remain the best Cloud service (opens in new tab). And remember, SugarSync is even better when all your friends, family and co-workers are using it – so please refer SugarSync to them today!
Happy New Year, and thank you for using SugarSync to keep your life in sync.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
A few months ago I really wanted this, but since than, skydrive all the way.
Can't see myself using any other sync service with my WP7 than SkyDrive, with 25GB free, why settle for less?
Exactly my thoughts.
I watched a techie review show in TV yesterday and they don't have good stuff to say about this phone. Guess i have to try it to believe it. - Steven C. Wyer
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