Microsoft shuts down Live Mesh

live mesh cancelledMicrosoft  is set to kill Live Mesh in two weeks. I’ve been using Live Mesh for years. It’s been a great tool, even though it didn’t make an appearance on the mobile platform. It seems that things are not that bad for Live Mesh users, because Microsoft offers to migrate them to Skydrive. The problem is that Skydrive has been seriously dumbed down compared to Live Mesh, to the point of being unusable. Several advanced features are absent from Skydrive, including direct PC-to-PC sync and ability to sync any folder on the computer. Microsoft is well aware of this problem and of the fact that the users are revolting. Count me as one of those users. I removed Live Mesh, but didn’t install Skydrive. I installed SugarSync, and it is an awesome product.

I use it to sync my Onenote files between PCs and an Android phone, and use MobileNoter to work with the notes. It all works like a charm.


4 Responses to Microsoft shuts down Live Mesh

  1. Ivan :-) says:

    Thanks for information! I will definitely try the Sugar.

  2. Would you like to keep your files and program settings synced between your computers? Here’s our overview of the new Windows Live Sync beta, which helps you keep your important files everywhere you need them.

  3. Here are Microsoft’s warnings on what Live Mesh users should expect if they download Windows Essentials 2012:”If you have Windows Live Mesh installed, it will automatically be removed if you install the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery (available as part of Windows Essentials 2012).”Microsoft SkyDrive will be installed in place of Windows Live Mesh. To sync folders from the cloud to all of your PCs, you will need to install SkyDrive on all of your PCs or Macs.”If you don’t install Windows Essentials 2012 on any of your PCs, Live Mesh continues to work as usual. f you have uninstalled Windows Live Mesh, you can still reinstall it, as it is still available as part of Windows Live Essentials 2011, according to Microsoft. Microsoft also notes users cannot install and run both both Windows Essentials 2012 (with the new Movie Maker or Photo Gallery) and Windows Live Mesh on the same PC.With those caveats, it’s back to what is new in the Windows Essentials 2012 Movie Maker and Photo Gallery components .

  4. Your files “are protected by the cloud in case user lose/damage their device”. What about protection from user error or viruses or badly written programs? If your files get corrupted the corrupted files will sync to the cloud and then sync to all your other devices.

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