LastPass Acquires Xmarks

Back in September I blogged about Xmarks ending its service in January of 2011.  It was rather disheartening, there’s nothing else out there that does such good job of synching bookmarks across browsers and devices.  In vain I looked for alternative solutions, almost ready to give up.

Now, the welcome news is that LastPass, the password synchronization company, recently acquired Xmarks.  It looks like Xmarks is going to be around beyond January of next year.  Thank you, LastPass.  I’m glad I waited to uninstall Xmarks from my laptop.

 

Bye Bye Xmarks (part 2)

In response to my yesterday’s post about the upcoming demise of Xmarks, Jim Casale suggested that I could use my own WedDAV server to do the synching.

What a great idea, I thought.  I never previously noticed the Advanced settings option to use your own server.  So reading a little bit on what’s required, I set off to configure my Windows 7 desktop as an IIS server supporting WebDAV.  After doing some reading on setting up IIS with WebDAV here and Xmarks with one’s own server here and spending a couple of hours, I had it working.  And…  few minutes later I was removing IIS from my desktop.  The option to use your own server only existing in Xmarks for Firefox.  It is not there in Xmarks for Safari or for Chrome.

Well, my time wasn’t entirely wasted, I did learn a few new things, including the repeated confirmation that reading fine print can save you wasted time and even buy you a couple of extra hours of sleep.  (Nah, who am I kidding?! I wouldn’t be sleeping anyway.)

So back to the drawing/research board seeking replacement for Xmarks.  (Maybe I just won’t bookmark anything.)

Bye bye Xmarks

Xmarks service ends January 10, 2011.  If you’re one of the existing users, earlier today you should’ve received an email like this..

Details of their decision to cease operations is outlined on the Xmarks blog.  The primary reason being luck of available funds.

I’ve been using Xmarks for a few years now.  It’s a service that I will miss.  I don’t think that their alternatives, synch tools built into Firefox or Chrome, will cut it for me.  I liked being able to synch across browsers (Firefox, Safari and Chrome, even an occasional IE) and across platforms.

I wouldn’t have minded paying a small $5-$10 yearly fee for this service.  Judging from the comments on the blog, a lot of people wouldn’t have minded paying it, too.  And at 2 million subscribers, that’s 20 mil+.

It is too bad that the folks behind Xmarks felt that they are no better than the free services built into Firefox and Chrome.  The cross-browser and cross-platform ability of Xmarks is its power.  Sad to see this service go.  Not yet sure what will replace it.