Windows Live Mesh Retires on February 13, 2013, Use SkyDrive Instead, Says Microsoft

As of February 13th 2013, Microsoft's Windows Live Mesh PC-sync service will be retiring in favor of SkyDrive."There are now over 200 million people that have used SkyDrive, and more and more are making the move every day," Microsoft stated, adding, "So while Windows Live Mesh was at one point used by a few million […]

As of February 13th 2013, Microsoft's Windows Live Mesh PC-sync service will be retiring in favor of SkyDrive.

"There are now over 200 million people that have used SkyDrive, and more and more are making the move every day," Microsoft stated, adding, "So while Windows Live Mesh was at one point used by a few million people, most have made the move and there are now less than 25,000 active users of Windows Live Mesh. As a result, we're announcing today that Windows Live Mesh will be officially retired on February 13, 2013."

"(W)'re starting to communicate with the remaining Mesh users and provide a set of instructions on how to keep their files in sync and alternative options for some of the features they're still using," the company added.

Microsoft has posted instructions for Live Mesh users on how to migrate their data over to SkyDrive stating: "To save your files to SkyDrive, install SkyDrive on your computers and mobile devices. Then, just drag files or folders from your Mesh folders into the SkyDrive folder and they'll automatically start to sync to the cloud (SkyDrive.com) and to other PCs or Macs where you've installed a SkyDrive sync app."

Microsoft suggests those who want a full remote desktop experience where you can access files and apps after Mesh is retired, are recommended to use the following alternatives:

  • Remote Desktop Connection. Already built into Windows PCs, Remote Desktop Connection offers the same functionality that Mesh offered and is compatible with the following operating systems:.
  • Or, LogMeIn Pro that lets you access your computers (PC and Mac) remotely through the web in HD. You can transfer files, print remotely, or keep computers up to date from any device. LogMeIn.

Here's how to perform three common Mesh tasks in SkyDrive:

Windows Live Mesh task

How to do it using SkyDrive

Automatically sync files across PCs, Macs, and the cloud

Drag any file (up to 2 GB) or folder into your SkyDrive folder to sync with the cloud and other PCs or Macs. You get 7 GB of free storage and can buy up to 100 GB more.

Access files on a PC when you're away

Fetch files on any PC running Windows where you've installed the SkyDrive desktop app. You can do this from SkyDrive.com

Share folders with others

Use SkyDrive.com or the desktop apps to share any file or folder in your SkyDrive. People you share with can access files you share using any browser or device.