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Live Mesh & Live Sync

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  • I've been using Live Mesh for a couple of years now.  I've had resonable success with it, though like some others in this forum I'm somewhat worried about its future.  There doesn't seem to be much development, etc.

    My question is: What is the relation between Live Mesh and Live Sync?  The latter seems to be a relatively new service.  Are they redundant? What do they do that's different?  Are they going to be integrated?

    I don't find much discussion of Live Sync and its implications in this forum.

    I'm perplexed.

    Many thanks!  Lance
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 2:54 PM

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  • Rumor has it that they will be integrated.
    Basically, they are different services with differnt back ends. Competing, if you will, to see which one is better for the long run.
    Live Sync was originally a product called FolderShare, which was developed by a company purchased by Microsoft. The product was updated and renamed Live Sync.
    It has no Live Desktop/cloud storage component and is strictly peer to peer sync.

    Live Mesh is home grown and built on the Live Framework environment - and is very much cloud based with the Live Desktop component.

    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 4:49 PM
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  • Rumor has it that they will be integrated.
    Basically, they are different services with differnt back ends. Competing, if you will, to see which one is better for the long run.
    Live Sync was originally a product called FolderShare, which was developed by a company purchased by Microsoft. The product was updated and renamed Live Sync.
    It has no Live Desktop/cloud storage component and is strictly peer to peer sync.

    Live Mesh is home grown and built on the Live Framework environment - and is very much cloud based with the Live Desktop component.

    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 4:49 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks, Steve.  This is helpful.  I vote for Microsoft not dropping Live Mesh. 
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 8:42 PM
  • same boat here -- used LM since early 2008, but I finally decided to switch to Live Sync a few months ago.  The remote access was never a big deal for me, nor was the cloud since it wasn't encrypted.  I have found Live Sync to be much more polished, feels like a complete product.  I also have used SkyDrive for a couple of years now.

    I have seen rumours that Live Sync will be integrated with SkyDrive, effectively giving you pretty much the same thing as Live Mesh -- local and cloud.  I still monitor this forum for any signs that LM is still alive, but you see writers like Mary Jo Foley @ ZDNet saying they don't even mention Live Mesh any more, even when asked about it.
    Thursday, February 11, 2010 1:03 PM
  • My vote goes for Live Mesh, the limit of 20k files and 20 folders on Live Sync are just horrible.  Also sharing files with people using the Cloud storage is so much easier than trying to leave a computer on just so the other people can access the files. 
    Thursday, February 11, 2010 7:47 PM
  • Sorry Tal56, you're wrong. The limit is quit acceptable and it is:

    Up to 20 folders with 20 000 files each. Files up to 4 GB.

     

    Monday, May 17, 2010 4:36 PM
  • Sorry French Teddy, but you make no sense at all.  What is the point that you are trying to make?  That having a "acceptable" limit is better than having no file limit such as in Mesh? 

    All things being equal, if I use Mesh I never have to think about the limit at all.  Granted the 20k per folder is acceptable, but a 20 folder limit is way too small if you want to organize things well.

    Monday, May 17, 2010 6:31 PM