Live Mesh is part of Microsoft’s new online activities. In contrast to Apple’s MobleMe it concentrates on syncing files and folders from different PCs and Macs. It currently does not include syncing of addressbook entries, calendars or mails. Anyway Live Mesh is free.
Microsoft offers 5GB harddisk space that can be accessed using their Live Mesh client software (available for Windows and Mac) or thru their website.
It’s beginning we sympathize with MobileMe customers. MobileMe – the Apple’s new all-inclusive-service with email, addressbook etc. and successor of .Mac – hasn’t had performed too well in the last weeks. Even Steve Jobs said sorry and highlighted the service has started too early with too many features. MobileMe customers must have felt it is night again when they experienced problems again during the last few days.
Anyway Apple says only 1% or 2% of the MobileMe customers experiencing problems. Erm…
As said earlier: MobileMe would be a fantastic service for both MacOS X and Windows users. But since it is not working the way it should, we recommend to wait with subscriptions until chrismas. Until then problems should be solved.
MobileMe is this month’ Apple’s never ending story of issues. At first it was only minor problem: customers from Germany and France could not cancel their plans. But then too many eMails got lost and Apple needed about 10 days to fix this issue. Then silently the highly advertised Push-Feature got deactivated (see our report here). In contrast to Apple’s high quality when it comes to usability and features, MobileMe began to leave an impression like a not well tested software in beta stadium.
In the end Apple did the right thing and apologized by offering one month free of charge. All customers thought all of MobileMe’s issues are solved. But sadly they were wrong.
Now MobileMe got again issues. This time syncing of addresses and appointments with mobile devices did not and in some cases still does not work properly. But as Apple said, this problem is also solved now. In certain cases data may not be synced back to the mobile devices. In those cases customers need to activate syncing manually. Read here how to do it. Take a deep breath and be patient, re-syncing may take up to 15 minutes.
For having had inconveniences (we reported here) with their new MobileMe services, Apple offers customers an additional 30 days trial period for free. Apple reps said that all issues that were occurring during transition from .Mac to MobileMe have now been solved and webservices work correctly. However they won’t use the notion “Push-Services” for now, because syncing all devices currently takes up to 15 minutes.
Apple’s MobileMe – the successor of .Mac, silently changed description of their offered services. You remember the advertisement “Exchange for the Rest of us”? Now Apple decided to remove the notion “Push-Service” of MobileMe and replaced it with the notion “Synchronization”.
Instead of being pushed instantly, data will now be synchronized every 15 minutes. That simply is not a push-service. Update: an instant sync will still be possible when using an iPhone or an iPod Touch. The price will remain the same (at least) in Europe: 80€/year.