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Microsoft launches SyncToy

by Nikola Strahija on August 9th, 2005 Microsoft has launched a new, free but unsupported synchronisation tool, SyncToy, which it said "provides an easy to use, highly customisable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronisation of different directories."

Using a wizard-style interface to walk the user through the setup and copying process, it can, according to Microsoft, manage multiple sets of directories at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another. Unlike other applications, SyncToy keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronised folder.

However, SyncToy only works with Windows XP SP2, so it isn't suited for use with servers, most of which are likely to be running something other than XP. Microsoft has been careful to point out that the tool is unsupported.

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