A few months ago, I lamented that Xmarks would be shutting down. Xmarks is a free Web service that synchronizes web browser favorites and info between multiple computers and multiple browsers. For a person who bounces between computers and uses four browsers,* Xmarks is a handy tool, greatly saving me time and easing frustration.
The problem for Xmarks was not a lack of users, but a lack of revenue. Unable to monetize their service or to find a buyer, they announced they would shut down in early 2011.
I am now pleased to announce that Xmarks will not be shutting down. This week I received an email from them that a last minute buyer has rescued them. A company is called LastPass. They are a “leading password and data manager” — whatever that means.
What I do know is that this news is like an early Christmas present. Thank you LastPass!
* For browsers, I primarily use Firefox. IE is there for when Microsoft forces me to use it. I also occasionally use Chrome and Safari to check to see how well my Websites display with them.