The ability of Skype to make cheap and free calls over the internet is a gift that keeps on giving, shaving thousands of pounds off our phone bills over the past five years.
As journalists, we make phone calls to various countries almost every day to connect with sources for stories. Skype provides prices (and in some cases, voice quality) that conventional phones cannot. Though the service suffers from some stability and lag-time issues, the cost savings it offers makes it critical, especially in our line of work.
Though Microsoft acquired FolderShare in 2005, this Windows Live service is still listed as a beta. Some of the PC Advisor crew use it to keep folders synched on multiple PCs. That sounds simple to do without help, but in our experience it really is not.
Since a lot of technology journalists work at home a lot of the time, we find ourselves constantly moving documents from home PCs to work laptops and back.
With FolderShare, we set up a designated folder on both computers where we want the documents automatically synched. As long as both machines have an internet connection, synchronisation is nearly instantaneous. And almost genius.