Microsoft has bolstered its move towards on-demand applications with the acquisition of the Foldershare service.
Foldershare allows file synchronisation and remote access to data using multiple devices.
The service has been acquired from US-based ByteTaxi for an undisclosed sum. Microsoft said existing users could still access the service at www.foldershare.com.
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As well as allowing users to distribute their files online to other users, the browser-based service lets them access their own data from any location.
Earlier this week Microsoft announced plans to launch its on-demand Windows Live service next year, which will allow users to benefit from integrated e-mail, instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing and enhanced search facilities without having to download large applications onto their PCs.
As part of the initiative, the company has also unveiled Office Live, which will be aimed at SMEs looking to take advantage of on-demand customer relationship management and other business applications, while integrating them with the Microsoft's Office suite.
Microsoft also bought Swiss-based voice over IP company Media-streams this week.