What you can do in Windows Live Mesh 2011
Keep your documents, photos, and other files up to date on all your computers, whether PC or Mac.* When you sync a folder, your latest files are right at hand even if you’re working offline at the moment. You can also sync folders on SkyDrive synced storage, so you can go to the Windows Live Devices website to access them on the web from any computer. To get started, see How do I sync a folder?
Connect to your computers remotely. Leave your PC online and run its programs or get to all its files from another computer. This is handy for “emergencies” when you might be at work and need a file from home. For more information about remote connections, see What are remote connections?
Sync your program settings between computers. Keep your Internet Explorer favorites and Microsoft Office settings up to date on all your PCs. For more information and to get started, see How do I sync program settings between computers?Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.
- 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
- Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
- Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
- Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
- Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
- Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.
1) Operating Systems Supported:
Dropbox: Dropbox supports Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Live Mesh: Live Mesh supports Windows, and Mac only.
Verdict: If you want to keep data in sync between multiple computers, and one of them has a Linux based OS, Dropbox is your only alternative.
2) Free Online Storage Space Provided:
Dropbox: Free Accounts provides 2 GB of Free Storage space. You can get additional free storage space by referring your friends. You get 250MB additional free space for each friend you refer.
Live Mesh: Live Mesh provides 5 GB of free space for online storage. There is no option to increase the free storage space beyond 5 GB.
Verdict: Live Mesh provides more than double the free online storage space as compared to Dropbox. If you are looking for more free storage space, Live Mesh is the clear winner.
3) Remote Computer Connect
Dropbox: No feature to connect to remote computer. However, you can access your files from Dropbox website online.
Live Mesh: One of the great features of Live Mesh is that it lets you remotely connect to the computers on which you have Live Mesh installed. You can connect right from the Live Mesh website. You will be able to see desktop of your remote computer, and will get a feel as if you are working directly on that. Of course, if your remote computer is switched off, you can still access your synchronized files from Live Mesh website.
Verdict: Live Mesh completely trumps Dropbox in terms of connecting to remote computer. If this is an important feature for you, Live Mesh would be your obvious choice.
4) File Versioning
Dropbox: Dropbox maintains all the versions of files for past 30 days. Even if you accidentally delete a file, you can get it back from Dropbox. Similarly, you can revert back to any previous version of file. The great part is that different versions of file do not count towards your free storage quota.
Live Mesh: Does not have file versioning feature.
Verdict: Dropbox has put lot of thought around providing a great file versioning system. If you feel a need to access previous versions of your file, go for Dropbox. However, if you are plannig to use these services for files that do not change (like, music files, images, etc.), then you really don’t need this feature.
5) Memory Consumption
Dropbox: Very light on system resources.
Live Mesh: My personal experience with Live Mesh showed that it uses slightly more resources than Dropbox.
Verdict: If you have a slow old computer, Live Mesh might further hog it down.
Dropbox: A single folder in which you need to put all the data that you want to synchronize.
Live Mesh: You can select any folder on your system to synchronize.
Verdict: If you want to synchronize different folder without the overhead go for live mesh.
These are the high level features that separate Dropbox from Live Mesh. I hope this helps you in deciding which option you want to go ahead with :). If you know of any other difference, do mention in Comments.