I am sure that many of you are already benefitting from syncing your files across computers for years. Still I consider this article is relevant because more and more people are getting access to internet even in the remote areas no matter whether they are at home, office or en-route.
Syncing enables you to make access to your files stored on one computer from another. When properly synced, a two way file synchronisation ensures that your files are updated always on the computers on sync.
Why to take risk of storing your data on an external storage device like USB Flash drive and invite the risk of loss/theft and duplicating files unnecessarily?
Embracing modern technologies is a key to the success of every business as it increases productivity at every level. I could see the difference technology brings to business in front of my eyes during my long carrier with my ex-employer.
Since few years back they were mainly depending courier services to send internal memos, client correspondence etc. to site offices spread across country. They even send officials to site for solving computer problems and software updating mainly like accounting software (Tally) time to time and correct any wrong entry made to avoid the risk of loss of important financial data .
Now a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. They introduced an effective email system to send correspondence to each and every staff, clients, contractors etc. and avoid site visit by depending remote desktop sharing apps to effectively solve computer related problems by sitting in their cabin at HO. A lot of money saving and also precious man hours truly.
I was just pointing the changes technology brings to life and business. In this article I will let you know how to use Windows Live Mesh (Free!) to keep your files and program settings in sync between computers and connect to your PCs remotely.
When I first began to use Windows Live Mesh, even though the interface looks simple, I took some time to understand things using it. But now I am getting more in to it.
Simple steps demystifying Windows Live Mesh from installation to use.
Download and Install Windows Live Mesh on your computer from the source (compatible with Windows 7, Vista and Mac. You can check system requirements here. It is a hefty process considering the installation time it takes if you are using a dial-up connection.
Once the installation is completed, start Windows Live Mesh. You can sign-in with your Windows Live ID or sign-up for a new ID from the start-up screen it self.
3. Sync Folder
At present syncing allows you store up to 100 folders and each up to maximum 50 GB in size and containing up to 100,000 files. All transfers are encrypted using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols.
Click Sync a folder and Select the folder you want to sync, and then click Sync. You need to select other devices (computers) where you want to sync the folder from the available device’s list (all of your PCs with Live Mesh 2011 installed will be available along with SkyDrive synced storage (Free 5GB cloud storage)
I will detail about the 5GB Free SkyDrive sync storage in the coming para. The content of the synced folders are available on all of the synced computers and you can work on them even when you are not connected to the internet. But the files will be updated on all devices only when all of them are online at the same time.
4. SkyDrive synced storage and Windows Live Device web site.
I promised you above regarding detailing about SkyDrive 5 GB free storage. If you are using only one computer with Windows Live Mesh installed then you can sync your folder to SkyDrive for free. It is a cloud storage from Microsoft. The folder in sync with SkyDrive will be updated automatically when you go online. So you can always have access to the updated version of the file on the Windows Live Device website on any computer with internet access. You need to sign in with your same Windows Live ID. There you can also manage or personalised your added devices.
Other feature Windows Live Mesh offers are remote access to your PC from another Windows Live Mesh installed PC and syncing MS Office and IE program settings. All these are available on the main window of Windows Live Mesh.
Before concluding let me share that I could only manage to check the syncing with SkyDrive synced storage only since there are no computer except my Compaq Laptop at my hands reach at least at present.
Check it yourself and share with our other readers what do you think about Windows Live Mesh.