Cubby out of beta, offers free 5GB accounts to all

That's more storage than you get from Dropbox, plus unlimited file syncing among your PCs and mobile devices.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Remember Cubby? It's the new file-syncing and -sharing service from LogMeIn (makers of my longtime favorite remote-access tool).

Cubby's been running a closed, invitation-only beta for some time, but I've got good news: now it's an open, no-invitation-required beta. That means anyone can sign up for a free Cubby account, which includes, among other things, 5GB of cloud storage.

But hold on a sec -- this isn't just another Dropbox wanna-be. For starters, the latter gives you only 2GB of free storage; Cubby gives you 5GB. And for each friend you refer who signs up, you get an additional 1GB, up to a maximum of 25GB.

Cubby also supports "sync in place," meaning you can sync any files and folders you want, not just those you drop into a sync bucket. That's one of my favorite things about SugarSync, and I'm glad to see it here as well.

Now for the best news of all: Cubby offers DirectSync, which works like the old Microsoft Live Mesh in syncing unlimited files and folders between your PCs. You don't have to stay within that 5GB cloud cap; DirectSync doesn't count against that limit. (Cloud storage is all well and good, but I love being able to sync an unlimited amount of stuff between my PCs. That's great not only for sharing, but also for backup.)

Of course, all the other cloud-storage goodies are there as well: public and private file sharing, unlimited versioning, a desktop app for sync management, and mobile apps for Android and iOS.

To get started, just download the Cubby desktop client and start creating cubbies. If you already have a or LogMeIn account, you can sign in using those credentials, otherwise you'll need to register for a Cubby account.

The software looks nice and couldn't be much easier to use; same goes for the Web interface. In a nutshell, if you're looking for an easy way to sync data between your PCs and a free chunk of cloud storage to go with it, Cubby is definitely worth a try.