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Amazon Cloud Drive enhanced with file sync

Amazon has updated its Cloud Drive desktop app for Windows and Mac with a Dropbox-like file synchronisation feature aimed at making it easier to manage files across multiple computers.

The new feature, dubbed File Sync, lets you store and access your documents, photos, music, and other files in the Amazon Cloud from a special folder on your computer. Files dropped in this folder are automatically store in Cloud Drive and can be accessed from a computer or the web.

When you install the Cloud Drive app on a second computer, all of your synched files will be synched and available there, too.

"The updated app makes it simple for users to put files in Cloud Drive and to access them from any of their computers, ensuring that they always have access to the latest version of their files from home and on the road," Amazon said in a statement.

Amazon Cloud Drive users get 5GB of storage for free. Extra storage is charged by the gigabyte, up to 1000GB. The Cloud Drive desktop app supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, and Mac OS 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8.

The Amazon Cloud Drive app for Windows and Mac was first released last May. When reviewed, Cloud Drive earned just three out of five stars, partially for its lack of file synching capabilities that are present in competing services like Windows Live SkyDrive and Google Docs. Monday's update addresses this major shortcoming, making Cloud Drive a more viable replacement for these services.