Live Mesh is an amazing development tool

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I have been using Live Mesh now for several weeks and I cannot now do without it. It is an amazing tool and not just for developers. This is a product that everybody should be using. It is simply awesome. Here's why:

  • Its free. Yup – free. as in it doesn't cost anything, and effectively it gives you 8gb of online backup. Free. Did you get that. Free.
  • It synchronises rapidly. I am synchronising one development folder between my virtual machine running XP and Office 2003 and my main machine which is running vista and office 2007. Sure I could be using a network folder, but I need external access to this folder also. So live mesh synchronises the two folders effortlessly and within seconds.
  • You can backup your personal folders – My documents etc, and access them anywhere – i mean anywhere there is a net connection. Changes you make online are synchronised back to your desktop. Wow!
  • Did I mention it was free?
  • You can invite others to share. Thus you can collaborate on shared projects, give clients access to finished work or work in progress, share pictures, files etc with family and friends.
  • You can add multiple devices. This means you can synchronise your music collection with your laptop and your pc and mobile device, synchronise your my documents with your laptop, your work machine and your home machine, your utilities folder with your machine and your clients machine etc.
  • And its free.

Here's the guff from the website.

All your devices working together

No more e-mailing attachments to yourself. Instead, synchronize the information you need across all your devices. The most up-to-date versions will be at hand when you need them—at home, at the office, and on the go.
Just install the Live Mesh software on each device. Then add folders to your mesh. Folders are automatically synchronized, always available.

Access from anywhere

Anything you add to Live Mesh is available from anywhere, including the web from your Live Desktop. Your Live Desktop comes with 5 GB of free storage, and can be used from most web browsers.
Need a program that's only on your home PC? With Live Mesh, access to all your devices—and any programs on those devices—is at your fingertips, no matter where you are.

Simple to share

Easily share files and photos with friends, family, and colleagues—invite them to a folder. Everyone is kept up to date because files can be synchronized automatically with all your devices and all their devices.
Update documents, post comments, or send instant messages, all right from the folder. The Live Mesh bar helps you connect instantly with other folder members.

Stay informed

Keep track of all the activities in your mesh. See the online status of friends and colleagues, find out who has updated which files or folders, post and read comments, and check the status of your devices.
News about your mesh is easy to access. You can view news items in the notifier, from the mesh bar, and on the Live Mesh website—available whenever, wherever you are.

Protection you know

Your mesh is password-protected with your Windows Live ID, so only you have access to it. When you share a folder with family and friends, they sign in with their own Windows Live ID to access it.
All file transfers are protected using Secure Socket Layers (SSL), the same technology your online bank uses.