The data storage software Gladinet allows Windows users to mount cloud storage as local folders in Windows Explorer.
Supported are online storage services like Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Google Picasa, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Docs, and folders from remote PCs, but also online applications like ThinkFree.
A later to be released premium edition will add new applications including Picnik, SnipShot or Zoho to the mix. The services are integrated into Windows Explorer with one drive letter that builds the root of all online storage services, applications and remote PC connections that are configured in the Gladinet data storage software.
Each can then be accessed like any other folder in the Windows operating system. Integrating Google Docs would for example display all documents that are stored online by the service on the local computer desktop.
Gladinet will automatically synchronize the folders whenever data is edited, added or removed from one of the installed data storage services.
New online storage services and applications are added by authentication. You simply enter the username and password of the service to make it available. Some services may require additional information, a WebDav server for instance requires an URL or IP address, and maybe additional information besides basic auth data.
Gladinet runs in the Windows system tray on the local computer system from where it can be accessed and configured. It only takes a few clicks to add a new online storage service in the software. The professional and premium editions of the service add new features to the software including:
Users who regularly work with the previously mentioned cloud storage providers might want to give Gladinet a try.
Update: A free version of Gladinet, called Free Started Edition, is still available. It does not appear to have been updated in a while though, as the last version of Windows that is listed as compatible is Windows 7.
While it may still work fine for many services that you want to add to Explorer, it may fail to do so for others due to a lack of updates.
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