Foldershare, Groove, Live Mesh ... RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi !

    I'm wondering: Why are there at least 3 applications from Microsoft that basically do the same: Syncing folders automatically. FolderShare does that, Groove does that and Live Mesh. Why?

    Saying that, I would think that those are 3 products, but under the hood, they are basically running the same code. But all those products have different limitations/issues. So I guess they are developed independently.

    What's the reason for this?

    Best regards
    Friday, May 1, 2009 12:03 PM


  • <my opinion>
    Groove was a 3rd party product they bought solely fr the purpose of getting their founder (Ray Ozzie) to come and work for Microsoft
    </my opinion>

    -Groove is aimed at enterprises.
    -Live Sync (aka Foldershare) is aimed at consumers and has therefore different features to Groove
    -Mesh is not an offically released product, more what they call incubation, and is only in beta (unlike Groove and Live Sync). <Speculation>You can expect that the capabilities of Mesh will work their way into Groove and Live Sync eventually</Speculation>


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    Friday, May 1, 2009 12:43 PM