With all its syncing and sharing features, SugarSync already represents a harsh competitor to well-known cloud storage services Dropbox and Google Drive. To keep its position in this hierarchy Sugarsync seems to be ready to do all it takes. The proof of this is a new version 2.0 that was released as a public beta yesterday.
SugarSync 2.0 offers an improved SugarSync experience with many new features. Most notable improvement is its newly tweaked desktop app that is much smaller than the old one. SugarSync has long been fighting to gain new users but they would often found its interface too complicated, especially in comparison to Dropbox, the king of simplicity and intuitiveness. Considering the fact that SugarSync File Manager actually offers a lot more features than Dropbox, it seemed impossible to pack all these in a simple interface.
The version 2.0 proves it is not necessarily so. The new interface displays everything neatly and makes a file management much easier. Web and mobile app are also redesigned to be in line with the desktop app. In the desktop app’s navigation bar there now reside four buttons: Cloud, Sharing, Activity and Search. While the first three have the functions that already existed in SugarSync (displaying all the files and folders, display of shared files and the feed showing user’s activity), the Search feature is completely new and it will enable a user to browse their files more easily.
Setup and folder management are also largely simplified but there is another new feature – SugarSync Drive. This is a virtual drive that syncs all the documents stored in Sugarsync but otherwise functions similarly to all the other drives on your PC or Mac and can be accessed through Windows Explorer of Mac Finder. In SugarSync Drive you can edit even the documents that are not stored on the computer you are currently using. The app automatically downloads the document when you double click on it and, after you finish, it uploads the changes to the cloud.
All the features introduced are supposed to further improve SugarSync experience for both the old users and the new ones. In their announcement SugarSync people promise they’re not done yet and that they’ll keep working on making their service even better. It seems they have taken the battle of the clouds seriously and this can only do good to SugarSync users and the cloud services in general.