Windows Live Mesh is a free, cross-platform application (Windows and MacOS X) from the Microsoft Live suite. It simply synchronises folders and files between multiple computers but also with your online Skydrive storage space (limited to 5 GB, free service provided with a Live/Hotmail account).
Download and installation
Live Mesh is an application to download for free and install on all computers to sync:
Synchronisation of a folder
Log in to Live account
A Live/Hotmail account is required for the use of Live Mesh. At the start of the application, your Live logins/password are required:
Selection of files
Then click on Synchronise a folder and select the folder to sync.
Slots to sync
You are then asked to select the computers and services that will need to synchronise this folder. In our example, we will opt for the online storage service SkyDrive.
Note that it is necessary to install Live Mesh beforehand on the different computers to benefit from synchronisation between them.
Click on OK to validate and synchronise files. Depending on the size of the files and your Internet connection, synchronisation can take a few minutes or several hours.
If you want to manage your devices and sync locations, click on Access Windows Live Devices (main screen of Live Mesh below the name of your computer). You will then be directed to a web page of this type:
Some types of files may not be synchronised. To do this, click on Ignore.
Sharing your documents
It is possible to share your stored documents on Skydrive with other users. For this, on the line Shared with (at the synchronised folder level) click on I'm only. Then enter the email addresses of the persons concerned:
To go further
Live Mesh is also able to synchronise:
- your favorites from Internet Explorer
- and your custom styles, templates, signatures and dictionaries from Microsoft Office
To do this, click on Enable synchronisation for your favorites and Enable synchronisation for your styles, templates, custom dictionary and electronic signatures under Program settings.
Finally, Live Mesh allows you to make remote connections to other computers by clicking on the tab Remote located at the top left of the main window:
As this part is not the subject of this tutorial, we will return to it in a forthcoming article.
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