Now that you have a better understanding of the mechanics of how SkyDrive and Live Mesh work, let’s discuss which is the best Windows Live small business backup solution.
If you have a relatively few number of documents (under 1000), you can probably safely use SkyDrive to manage and store your documents. The main benefit of using SkyDrive is the tight integration with Office 2010 since you don’t need to go through the extra steps of logging into a web site. The other big benefit is the large amount of space allowed – 25GB per account. Finally, the fact you can access SkyDrive from any web capable computer is a definite plus.
The main downside to using SkyDrive is the manual nature – you need to manually drag and drop files to upload them or manually save them using Office to SkyDrive – this is not a synchronization tool.
Live Mesh is closer to being a true ‘backup’ solution when compared to SkyDrive. Mesh’s automated synchronization allows you to set up folders that need to be backed up without the need to continually drag and drop files. Even though the cloud portion of Live Mesh is limited to 5GB, you can synchronize a heck of a lot of data between multiple systems for free.
These solutions can’t replace a traditional backup solution but in a pinch, either solution could work. For more information on popular backup solutions, take a look at Donna Buenaventura’s guide on “Which backup software and method is best?"
Hopefully the loss of Live OneCare can be negated with one of these other two great products.