Windows & Interoperability: Laplink Switch and Sync Useful but Lacking

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2010-11-29 Print this article Print
Laplink Switch and Sync Useful but Lacking

Laplink Switch and Sync Useful but Lacking

by P. J. Connolly
Switch & Sync, from Laplink Software, will save a lot of time for users who want to salvage documents and e-mail files from a Windows PC and move them to a Mac OS X computer. It offers a simple alternative to the old way of doing things: repeated drag-and-drop copying of directory hierarchies, followed by invoking a mail conversion utility. But it needs some work before it is fit for use in all but the most controlled or trivial circumstances. It is severely lacking in the areas of security and user interface, has only the most rudimentary of logging abilities, and ignores the built-in authentication, security and user interface features of the Mac platform. For ongoing use, caution is necessary, because this is a tool that should raise an audit flag in any organization committed to regulatory compliance and adherence to governance schemes. But for instances where security can take a back seat to convenience, the simplicity and low price of Switch & Sync make it an attractive choice.
P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at

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