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 I wrote about DropBox in my previous post. Now I thought it could be great to bring out LiveMesh. It has the same purpose that is to help people to access the stuff on their computers from almost anywhere.

In other word, LiveMesh is an extremely good example of software that runs about the level of a single device. LiveMesh was based on FeedSync technologies and runs symmetrically on all their computing, in the part of the cloud that is connected with your devices, and in other parts of the cloud where services you transact with are running. LiveMesh offers 5GB of free data storage, which is ample space to store all your important documents

LiveMesh uses 5GB of the total 25GB Skydrive storage space. Skydrive does not offer synchronisation, and is used exclusively as a storage drive. LiveMesh not only support Windows but also Apple Mac operation systems. As a result, people can use LiveMesh to synchronise data between Windows PC and macbook

According to my lecturer, Jason Watson, the benefits of application runs about the level of a single device are:

  • Opens new markets
  • Access to your applications anywhere
  • Ability for location and context awareness
  • Entry into the new digital home

Now lets put together DropBox and LiveMesh and see the some differences.

1) Operating Systems Supported:

Dropbox: Dropbox supports Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Live Mesh: Live Mesh supports Windows, and Mac only.

2) Free Online Storage Space Provided:

Dropbox: free accounts provide 2 GB of Free Storage space. By referring friends, people can get additional free storage. People get 250MB additional free space for each friend they refer.

LiveMesh: Live Mesh provides 5 GB of free space for online storage. However, there is no option to increase the free storage space beyond 5 GB.

3) Remote Computer Connect

Dropbox: access  files from a Dropbox website online. So, no feature to connect to remote computer

LiveMesh: lets people remotely connect to the computers on which you have Live Mesh installed. People can connect right from the Live Mesh website. People will be able to see desktop of their remote computer, and will get a feel as if they are working directly on that. Of course, if they remote computer is switched off, they can still access your synchronized files from Live Mesh website.

4) File Versioning

Dropbox: for 30 days Dropbox maintains all the versions of files for. For example, if you delete a file by accident, people still can get it back from Dropbox. Similarly, they can revert back to any previous version of file. Additionally, the great part is that different versions of file do not count towards their free storage quota.

LiveMesh: Does not have file versioning feature.

Overall, as everyone knows computer is not the only access device for internet applications, and applications that are connected are more valuable than those are limited to single device. Therefore, design your application from the start to integrate data and services across desktops, mobile devices, and Internet servers. Moreover, rapidly everything will be online and data will stream in ever increasing speed and quantity.

So what do you think……DropBox or LiveMesh?

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  1. May 15, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I use both. I use live mesh to sync the data between my Windows Dektop Pc and my Mack book and I use dropdox to share documents between people at work. Together I find that they work really well.

    My issues with Live mesh is the 5GB limit. They let us use 25Gb on sky drive, Why can’t I access all that through live mesh. I would even by happy if they put a file size limit on each file if they are worried about the bandwidth usage.

  2. Edgar Luzardo
    May 16, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Both are great programs and they are similar. In one hand, Live Mesh is good to keep synchronized files between several devices because you can choos what folders and file you want to synchronized and even share. In the other hand, Dropbox allows you to instantly keep up to date all your files in your Dropbox folder.

    So, one will be more suitable than the other depending on what your needs are. There is another program called ZumoDrive that combines both characteristics: instant synchronization and choosing what ever folder or file in your pc you want to synchronize.

  3. Gustavo
    May 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Isn’t that much better than risking all your files having them on a single computer or doing a mere backup on an external hard-drive?
    What happens to the important files if there’s a fire or something?
    SVN can’t be used for such purposes and not everyone knows how to use a remote contracted server.
    Cloud storage is such an obvious, yet revolutionary and inevitable advancement. What we’ll have to figure out, I think, is how to deal with having so many important files in the hands of a single company, as I think Google is just going to take over this market very soon.

  4. Jeff Lagarde
    May 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Hey, I’m discovering a new product ! I knew only about the drop box. I use it since this semester and I find it very handy, not perfect though. So If anther procduct allow me to synchronize. folders directly on my disks that’s great. And 5gb is pretty good for my needs I recon. I guess I’ll give it a try ! Thanks for the tip.

  5. Lucia
    May 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I have not used either of them but I have heard great comments about Dropbox,which have made me favour dropbox at the beginning of this blog. However as I kept reading throughout this comparison, I have come to the conclusion that both have excellent features that can really adjust to everyone’s preferences.

  6. May 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I thought the livemesh project finished last year? or was that just the beta version??

    please comment back at http://www.nicholasburge.com.au/blog! thanks!

    • May 17, 2011 at 12:27 am

      The live mesh project beta finished last year.

      They have also rebranded it to windows live mesh and made the 5GB part of skydrive and not a completely different service.

  7. Juan Carrasco
    May 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I don’t have to use neither DropBox nor LiveMesh but according to the article both of them are excellent products. I think they will be in the market for a long time. Just remember that a long time in computer is 3 years.

  8. May 18, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Both are very useful applications. Nowdays, it is a standard of services that try to keep all users data on cloud and sync with applications. I love the ideas of sevices arcoss devices that allow users to access data anywhere. Dropbox seems better than Livemesh because they have file versioning feature to secure users’ data. Also, I love the remote desktop function from LiveMesh that allows me work on PC from another location. good example.

    Have you ever tried Dropbox or LiveMesh? which one do you think is better?

    • May 18, 2011 at 12:50 am

      Actually, I have dropbox but I didnt use it very often until a day my computer shut down!…. I though I lose everything including assignment!!!!… So from that moment I said to myself I need to use Dropbox..I need to have my important stuff in the cloud!!!… So now I am using DropBox and I believe it is a great tool.. I havent tried LiveMesh but I am thinking to give a goal!…Which one is better??? I couldnt answer that question as I havent tried LiveMesh….But it seen both have something interesting all depend on the user. For example, if I user need more space or like to have file version feature…

      What about you??Have you tried Dropbox? or LiverMesh???

  9. Margherita
    May 18, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I actually havent used either but after reading this blog, i would probably start by trying drop box, due to the file version feature!! Both do seem to have a lot of advantages and its interesting to read about something i havent used before and only heard of through word of mouth, but i will definately give drop box a try!!

  10. Miguel
    May 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

    LiveMesh would be in my next “to try innovations”

    I would say storage is a good advantage from LiveMesh over Dropbox.
    Now, I have been using dropbox for a few months for the company I work for, in my opinion it works fine, but it has its own problems.
    First, for some reason not all the invitations to dropbox from already members will get you in, the only explanation I could find to it was that the sender already exceeded his storage limit. who knows.
    Secondly, I definitely do not know anyone who would pay for an account, would love to see that.
    Now, there is also an option to install dropbox in your computer, which at the beggining I thought was fine, but then I noticed my network connection slowed down as it was synchronizing over a gigabyte of data, while I was doing something else. Ended up turning the auto sync off.

    But not everything is bad tho, the file version control feature its something very handy for everyone, reducing the margin error that everyone faces by deleting a document by mistake or screwing it up.

    Have you thought of Google docs? give it a go sometime, I think is worth it, and hopefully they will support a bigger range of formats.

  11. Steve
    May 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I had to move away from Live Mesh recently after I went past my 5GB limit. I would be willing to pay but there really is no option. I have now gone to sugarsync which isn’t as good to be honest but at least I can now sync all my photos and documents.

  12. May 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I haven’t tried Live Mesh before, and have limited experience with Dropbox. I mainly use iDisk (part of MobileMe) so did not have any need to hunt for another cloud storage. However I am discovering all these free cloud solution, I think I have to give them a try!

  13. May 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Great work on the interesting write up. The problem with LiveMesh is that it is really slow. Sometimes, it hangs on me. I would prefer DropBox than anything else. Microsoft are really making sub standard products.

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