Laptop and netbook users can get the most out of their portable systems by using a number of free downloads to help synchronisation, according to an expert.
Preston Gralla, writing for PCWorld.com, said that people who own both a desktop and laptop need to be able to keep files up-to-date on both machines and tools such as Sugar Sync Free can help to do this.
The programme gives users 2GB of free online backup space, which then means that they can sync between their computers by using the cloud.
Files and folders can also be shared with other people, while older versions of documents are stored online so that they can be reverted back to at any time.
The Xmarks programme negates the annoying problem of not having specialised internet bookmarks and passwords on each machine that a person operates from.
The tool will also work on multiple operating systems including Windows, Linux and Mac.
Users of the iPhone can also sync their contacts, emails, calendar entries and notes with their PC, Mac or laptop by using Mobile Me.