Forum Question: Windows Live Sync Vs. Dropbox

Gary,

I notice that many discuss mobile me and dropbox (both good sync programs) but I rarely hear anyone discuss windows live sync. When it is such a good sync program and without the limitations of dropbox’s free service, why not discuss it?

— Michael Hatcher

Comments: 5 Responses to “Windows Live Sync Vs. Dropbox”

    8/7/10 @ 9:33 am

    OK. Tell us more about how it compares to Dropbox. I don’t use Windows Live Sync myself. I was under the impression it required Windows.

      Michael Hatcher
      8/7/10 @ 4:28 pm

      Gary,
      First, it does not require Windows. I use it to sync my Imac with my Macbook Pro. I have 3 folders I keep in sync (one folder has multiple folders under it and contains almost 26 gb; my music folder containing multiple folders and about 71.5 gb; and my 1 Password folder). (The size of my folders made it where Dropbox was not cost effective) As long as there is an internet connection, it will sync the files automatically. I am using the sync beta program, and it is extremely easy to use—simply point to the folder you want to sync (you can make it where other people can also access your sync files). Last, it is a free program. Please give it a try.

        8/7/10 @ 4:32 pm

        Do you know when the sync program will be out of beta? Or at least an idea. It sounds like it might be worth covering once it is out of beta.
        Do you have any idea why it is free? Will they be charging for it eventually?

          Michael Hatcher
          8/7/10 @ 4:40 pm

          Gary,
          I have no idea as to when it will be out of beta, they have another that is not in beta but it is much more difficult to use. I have found this beta very stable (no issues whatsoever). They have never charged for their sync program, so I am assuming they have no plans to charge for it.

          btw, thank you for all the information you provide. I have learned a lot from your shows.

    Michael Hatcher
    8/9/10 @ 8:23 am

    Gary,
    One thing I failed to mention regarding Live Sync is that you must have a hotmail or a .live email account to use Live Sync. The regular program does have a limit of 20 folders and each can contain up to 20,000 files (the new Beta is suppose to increase the limit). While Live Sync does not save a copy of your files in the cloud (it just syncs between two or more computers, at one time I had about 9 different people syncing with one folder I had), there is SkyDrive and Live Mesh which can save the files in the clouds (SkyDrive has a 2 GB limit and not sure about Mesh’s limit).
    Here is the link for the older version: http://bit.ly/bWIfLh
    The Beta (which I would recommend using is: http://bit.ly/bhiI8x

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