Windows Live Mesh

I installed Windows Live Mesh a while back when it was originally called Live Mesh. Then the Windows Live team decided to add it to their application suite and called it Windows Live Sync. Then they changed its name yet again to Windows Live Mesh. I liked the name Sync more, but I digress.

So now that I had it running on multiple computers at home and at work, I can say that I do recommend the product. It installs fast, lightweight, allows remote access to any added computer, syncs multiple folders seamlessly across multiple computers and it has a nice logo.

I would like to mention that I used to rely on Dropbox before I adopted Windows Live Mesh and I did enjoy it much the same as Mesh, but it lacked a client application control panel and remote PC access that Mesh has built-in out of the box. Also, and more importantly, Mesh gives you 5GB of SkyDrive storage dedicated to Mesh (think of it as your cloud storage space for all your Mesh synced folders) as oppose to 2.25GB that Dropbox offers.

A couple of more features that Mesh offers is the ability to sync your Internet Explorer bookmarks/favorites and Microsoft Office customizations (styles, templates, custom dictionary, email signatures) across multiple computers. I already turned on the IE favorites sync as I use IE on both home and work and getting my latest bookmarks on all my PCs is a huge advantage.

Overall, Windows Live Mesh made file syncing and remote access between my computers a breeze through its intuitive user interface. I definitely recommend it.

Goodbye Windows Live Spaces

So it’s official. No more Windows Live Spaces. They’re shutting down and moving the service to WordPress. I am actually very delighted to hear that because the Windows Live team did a bad job in keeping the platform up to date and applying the millions of requests their users were submitting. Why a million of requests? Because the blogging module sucked. As a matter of fact, it sucked so bad that I stopped blogging.

I am not going to mention the thousands of issues and annoyances I had with Windows Live Spaces, I am just glad my blog has been moved to WordPress. So, thank you Windows Live for moving my content. It was a fast and easy process which took less than a minute of my time.

Discover your new ‘unchanged’ Windows Live Space!

It’s always great to read and see all the new changes done to Windows Live services recently but I have to admit that whatever was done on the Windows Live Spaces side isn’t what I hoped for. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am certainly grateful for all the polishing and silver plating that was done on Spaces, but that’s not what it lacked or needed the most (at least in my opinion).

What about more functionality? More features? More options for bloggers? More options under commenting? We still don’t have tagging for blog posts yet on the site? More ‘good looking’ themes? And I am sure other users can come up with many other requests in a heart beat.

I love using my Windows Live Spaces account and I love to blog often on it. But I am missing a lot of blogging options that has been available on other popular and free blogging platforms for a long time now.

When will Windows Live Spaces add extra useful features and, more specifically, update their dated blog module?

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Error on Windows Live SkyDrive

I’ve been trying to access my private picture albums (available only to me) that I created a few days ago on SkyDrive but every time I click on an album it gives me the following error on a totally blank white page:

Error

Windows Live SkyDrive

I wonder if this is a known problem that is related to the last update or is it something only happening to me (which I really doubt). I am not in a rush to access those albums, but I am sure many users out there would be disappointed if they couldn’t access their private albums.

Update: Well, I tried again a few moments later and it seems to be working fine and showing no errors. It could have something to do with IE8 Beta that I am using.

Windows Live Tags: live, skydrive, error, update

 

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The New Windows Live is Live!

I actually thought I would be waiting longer for this MASSIVE update. This is definitely huge. I already took some time and played around with the updated Live Spaces to see what changed and what was added. Just like the screenshots we’ve seen recently on several blogs, the Windows Live Home has been totally revamped. Now, I can certainly make it my homepage since it’s displaying recent updates from my friend’s (plus there is more to it than just that). Windows Live Home can now be my portal to the internet when I first launch Internet Explorer.
It will take some time to get used to the new interfaces and find my way around them but so far I am happy with the experience and I think I noticed an increase in performance as well.
Windows Live Tags: Clubhouse, Windows Live, Update, Story