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In an email just sent to all Windows Live Mesh users entitled "Important: The future of Windows Live Mesh", in which Microsoft announce the upcoming "death" of Mesh, which they plan to kill off in February they obviously encourage Mesh users to try their SkyDrive app instead. However, what's interesting is that they acknowledge that SkyDrive doesn't have the same features as Mesh, and therefore also recommend that Mesh users should also use a non-Microsoft product, LogMeIn Pro, (which isn't free either!) in conjunction with SkyDrive to acheive the same Remote Desktop functions that Mesh had!!

Here's Microsoft's email to Mesh users in full:

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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 access for files at any time and anywhere. As a result, we will retire Mesh on 13 February 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 that you synced with Mesh will stop syncing, and you will not be able to connect to your computers 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.

Yours sincerely,

The Windows Live Mesh and SkyDrive teams

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Over the years, customers have asked us to bring many of the benefits of SkyDrive

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So? Who cares if they mention LogMeIn? It's hardly news!

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MS think it's okay to replace something more functional with something less functional or having different features and call it version 2.0. They don't get it that to customers, it's NOT OKAY. Because of their monopoly and corporate muscle, they manage to pull off such crimes as Windows 8 or the replacement of Messenger with Skype or Mesh with SkyDrive. Little features, they used to be care about long back, now they just don't care. The Joe Average user doesn't care either, they just expect everyone else to "move on".

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Skydrive is useless until they allow you to sync a folder outside of the Skydrive one. Mesh was great as i just pointed it to a folder and every time i made a change it was automatically backed up. This let me keep my work file structure intact which is essential.

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Skydrive is useless until they allow you to sync a folder outside of the Skydrive one. Mesh was great as i just pointed it to a folder and every time i made a change it was automatically backed up. This let me keep my work file structure intact which is essential.

You can do that easily with symbolic links. That's precisely how I use SkyDrive.

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So? Who cares if they mention LogMeIn? It's hardly news!

The news is two fold - firstly, that Microsoft doesn't think their SkyDrive app is a comparable replacement for Mesh, and secondly, rather than just telling Mesh users that "other software is available", or offering a number of alternatives (DropBox, Google Drive, etc), they are being very specific to only recommend LogMeIn products (LogMeInPro and Cubby) as alternatives to Mesh. Which makes you wonder if there's some deal/incentive going on between LogMeIn and Microsoft

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You can do that easily with symbolic links. That's precisely how I use SkyDrive.

That's a nice little workaround! ...you'd think given this that it would be really easy for Microsoft to include such functionality as part of their SkyDrive app, so you didn't have to mess around with manually creating smybolic links via the command line youself!

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Give me peer2peer sync in SkyDrive and I'll stop complaining about it:/

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