Good news everybody… no really. A few months ago the folks behind the popular Xmarks bookmark synchronization service announced plans to close up shop. After several years building one of the best tools for synchronizing your browser bookmarks and passwords between computers, the company hadn’t really figured out a good way to make money — which kind of stinks, since operating all those servers costs money. But now Xmarks has found a buyer who promises to keep the service up and running.
Eventually Xmarks will have two services, a free tier and a premium tier. There’s no information available yet on how much the premium service will cost or which features will be available for free.
Plenty of users proclaimed that they’d be willing to pay for Xmarks service when the company announced it was closing. I guess now we’ll find out whether that’s actually true.
Xmarks currently offers browser synchronization tools for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. According to a ticker on the company’s web site, Xmarks has helped users backup and synchronize over 1.2 billion bookmarks.