Windows Live Sync for Mac now Available

This sounds like an incredibly useful feature for anybody who uses both a PC and a Mac …

Windows Live Sync, formerly Live Mesh and part of the new Windows Live Essentials 2011 Suite is now available for the Apple Mac, as reported by Windows Observer.  The beta can be downloaded hereas a .dmg file.

Live Sync is an excellent tool that I’ve come to rely on myself for automatically syncing files and folders across different PC, wherever they may be.  This could be in your home or between your home and your office, though not for corporate espionage 😉

Personally I use it to sync three PCs in my home.  Two desktop machines on which I need all my documents syncing and a nedia centre which I keep up to date with my photographs.

Microsoft say the new beta software will run on….

Supported Operating Systems: Apple Mac OS X; Apple Mac OS X v. 10.5 Leopard
Supported Operating System Versions: Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard Supported Processor Architectures: Intel-based Mac computers only

This means you can now synchronise your files and folders between any combination of PCs and Mac computers, which will be brilliant news for the many people who own both.

The official description of Live Sync describes it as…

In Windows Live Sync beta, you can:

  • Keep your documents, photos, and other files up to date on all your computers, whether PC or Mac* – Select the folders you want to sync between computers. After they sync, your files are available on your computers even if you’re working offline at the moment. You can also sync folders on SkyDrive synced storage, so you can go to the Windows Live Devices website to access them on the web from any computer. To get started, see How do I sync a folder?

    * Windows Live Sync for Mac is available in English only.

  • Connect to your computers remotely – Leave your PC online and run its programs or get to all its files from another computer. This is handy for “emergencies” when you might be at work and need a file from home. For more information about remote connections, see What are remote connections?
  • Sync your program settings between computers – Keep your Windows Internet Explorer favorites and Microsoft Office settings up to date on all your PCs. For more information and to get started, see How do I sync program settings between computers?

This is an extremely useful program though I have found one bug in the beta.  If you want to sync a large folder, such as your music collection.  It will fill up your main drive with temporary files until it’s completely full.  Hopefully Microsoft will sort this out before the final release.


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