A couple of components that are mostly overlooked by many users of Windows Live Essentials (Live Messenger) are the Mesh and Skydrive apps that come standard when when you install Windows Live Essentials: Other Programs. We all use the messenger component to chat with friends and co-workers, I’d like to discuss Mesh and the Skydrive.
Mesh allows you to sync all your documents, files, and photos across your different computers. Skydrive gives you 5gb of free online storage where you can access your files and make changes and have them sync’d across all your devices, including your smartphones and tablets.
All transfers are encrypted using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols.
Mesh also allows you to connect to your home computer from your work computer. You simply have to setup the access points from your machines.
You can also sync program settings such as Internet Favorites, this allows all settings to be the same on all computers utilizing Mesh.
Using MozyHome Service? Well you may not all be aware, but your unlimited storage is how can I say it, no longer unlimited. Mozy has decided that in its best interest, that it would no longer allow the unlimited plans for the MozyHome service and would go with tiered plans.
How it is setup now is that you can get 50 GB of storage for $5.99 for 1 computer, or you can get 125 GB for $9.99 and 3 computers. Mozy gives 3 reasons as to why the change:
- We are all Capturing More Photos and Videos with higher quality and resolution
- Multiple Machines are the Norm
- No Fine Print Backup
“In an attempt to remain viable in the “Unlimited backup” business, other providers have introduced measures to inhibit the growth of storage such as bandwidth throttling, excluding files over a certain size, or exclude certain file types such as photos and videos from the default backup sets. Rather than claiming to offer “unlimited” backup while imposing bandwidth or file limitations, we want you, our users, to decide what you want backed up and in return Mozy will provide you the best possible service level, with no hidden restrictions.” –From MozyHomes website.
According to Mozy, the vast majority of it’ customers will be happy with the 50 GB plan as their data will fit comfortably within that 50 GB that can be purchased for a dollar more than the extinct unlimited plan.
In my personal opinion, the unlimited data plans were excellent for the consumer but not for the company as a whole. It almost appears as if they are trying to get a better handle on the costs associated with adding additional storage by limiting the amount they need at any given time. With these tiers in place they will be easier able to manage and maintain the current and future storage needs, and although they most likely have plenty of storage available it helps to be able to better forecast future usage. Bummer for the customer, good for Mozy.