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Skydrive, Live Sync, Live Mesh - so many sync'ing options E-mail
Friday, 13 November 2009 16:19

I just learned yesterday that Windows Live SkyDrive offers 25 GB online storage free!  That's a lot of free storage.  And then there are the other two similar but distinct products Microsoft offers: Live Sync and Live Mesh.  Here's the breakdown:

  • SkyDrive - an online backup utility.  You can access it via the web interface or you can integrate it into your Windows environment with SkyDrive Explorer.  Again, 25 GB is a lot of free space!
  • Live Sync - lets you synchronize files between several computers.  The difference between this and the other services is your data doesn't get saved online.  If you want live synchronization between computers and online backup, there's Live Mesh for that.
  • Live Mesh - similar to Dropbox, but offers 5 GB free space instead of Dropbox's 2 GB.  I haven't tried it yet, but it seems to offer some other features as well, like remote control of your desktop.  I've been using Dropbox for over a year.  It does what it does very well, so I see no reason to switch.

Obviously there are other, non-Microsoft, offerings out there, but I wanted to focus on these because initially I was confused why they have three different services that do the same or similar things.  Here's a more detailed comparison of the three offerings listed above.