Windows Live Mesh to be discontinued on February 13, 2013

The future of Windows Live Mesh

Microsoft is all set to retire Windows Live Mesh on February 13, 2013 and has requested users to save all the files from Mesh cloud. The service allowed PC-to-PC sync on Windows (Vista and later) and Mac OS X computers or the Web via SkyDrive, including remote desktop access via the Internet.

Users are now receiving a notification from the Windows Live team indicating that the Windows Live Mesh will be discontinued on February 13, 2013

See the contents of the notification email below:

Dear Mesh customer,

Recently we released the latest version of SkyDrive, which you can use to:

  • Choose the files and folders on your SkyDrive that sync on each computer.
  • Access your SkyDrive using a brand new app for Android v2.3 or the updated apps for Windows Phone, iPhone, and iPad.
  • Collaborate online with the new Office Web apps, including Excel forms, co-authoring in PowerPoint and embeddable Word documents.

Currently 40% of Mesh customers are actively using SkyDrive and based on the positive response and our increasing focus on improving personal cloud storage, it makes sense to merge SkyDrive and Mesh into a single product for anytime and anywhere access for files. As a result, we will retire Mesh on February 13, 2013. After this date, some Mesh functions, such as remote desktop and peer to peer sync, will no longer be available and any data on the Mesh cloud, called Mesh synced storage or SkyDrive synced storage, will be removed. The folders you synced with Mesh will stop syncing, and you will not be able to connect to your PCs remotely using Mesh.

We encourage you to try out the new SkyDrive to see how it can meet your needs. During the transition period, we suggest that, in addition to using Mesh, you sync your Mesh files using SkyDrive. This way, you can try out SkyDrive without changing your existing Mesh setup. For tips on transitioning to SkyDrive, see SkyDrive for Mesh users on the Windows website. If you have questions, you can post them in the SkyDrive forums.

Mesh customers have been influential and your feedback has helped shape our strategy for Mesh and SkyDrive. We would not be here without your support and hope you continue to give us feedback as you use SkyDrive.

Sincerely,

The Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive teams

It makes sense for Microsoft to discontinue Windows Live Mesh, given their focus is now on personal cloud storage and merging SkyDrive and Mesh because Mesh customers are moving to SkyDrive positively and it is available for all major platforms including Windows, Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, and iPad.

Windows Live Mesh was part of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 suite and has been replaced by SkyDrive for Windows application in Windows Essentials 2012.

About Ramesh Kumar

He is a technologist, writes code for fun and works from his home office and has been 4-times Microsoft MVP Recipient specializing in Windows and also one-time Microsoft .Net Rockstar.

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