Collision Course: Apple Mobileme vs Microsoft Live Mesh
36 views Jul 9, 2008 Collision Course: Apple Mobileme vs Microsoft Live Mesh
Microsoft and Apple have been fighting each other for the public perception in the Innovation Space, Apple has been in the front, putting together ideas and services faster than Microsoft and solutions that work as advertised. In the other hand, Microsoft has been showing and promising excellent costumers and business solutions, but some of them failed to passionate the developers. Take .Net for example, take Windows Vista, Take Windows Live Search Books, to name a few of them. Microsoft promises, Apple delivers.
Mobileme interface is clean, easy to use, elegant and pleasant, a mature interface that offers an easy to use layout, something in contrast with Live Mesh interface, that is just the Messenger background all over the screen, please remember that Live Mesh is in a Developer Preview Mode and the final version is still months away.
Live Mesh in the Cloud
This past April, Microsoft demonstrated Live Mesh, a cloud storage service that allows files and folders to be shared and synchronized across multiple devices. Once a folder is set for synchronization, it will be available in all devices, and any changes made to the content of the folder will be reflected across all devices. Live Mesh uses FeedSync to convey the changes made in each device so that the changes can be synchronized. The information about devices and folders participating in a synchronization relationship is not stored locally but at the service-end. Devices in a sync relationship are collectively referred to as a Mesh.
At this year WWDC, Apple retooled the .mac service and renamed it as Mobileme, a syncronization service that will have all your devices updated simultaneaously. Your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Gallery and iDisk will be on the Cloud for you to access them whenever and whererver you like it. And the syncronization is among multiple devices, your iphone, ipod touch, mac, windows pc and the mos importan Mobileme is an ad-free service.
Mesh features are:
All your devices working together
No more e-mailing attachments to yourself. Instead, synchronize the information you need across all your devices. Just install the Live Mesh software on each device. Then add folders to your mesh. Folders are automatically synchronized, always available. Your Live Desktop comes with 5 GB of free storage, and can be used from most web browsers.
Simple to share
Easily share files and photos with friends, family, and colleagues—invite them to a folder. Everyone is kept up to date because files can be synchronized automatically with all your devices and all their devices. Update documents, post comments, or send instant messages, all right from the folder.
Keep track of all the activities in your mesh. See the online status of friends and colleagues, find out who has updated which files or folders, post and read comments, and check the status of your devices.
Protection you know
Your mesh is password-protected with your Windows Live ID, so only you have access to it.
Mobileme features are:
MobileMe Mail pushes new messages to your iPhone automatically and notifies you when they arrive. You’ll know in a glance if you have new email. MobileMe Mail uses the email applications you already know. On your iPhone and iPod touch, it works with the built-in Mail application. It also works with Mail on a Mac and Outlook, Outlook Express, or Windows Mail on a PC. Emails are scan for viruses
With MobileMe Contacts, you have instant access to your entire address book. From your computer to your iPhone to the web, your contacts follow you. Make a change on your computer, and MobileMe updates your iPhone automatically. Whether you use Address Book on a Mac, Outlook, Outlook Express, or Windows Contacts on a PC, or Contacts on your iPhone or iPod touch, you’ll always have the information you need.
Photo Gallery will provide a destination for your friends and family, Just upload photos from your computer or iPhone to your gallery, and invite people to visit, download their favorites, and even contribute their own. With beautiful animated views, everyone will see your photos come to life. You can manage your Photo Gallery from anywhere.
MobileMe pushes your calendar to your iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. So you always know where you need to be and when you need to be there. You can make changes on one device and MobileMe automatically updates all your other devices, it works with iCal on a Mac and Outlook on Windows PC.
Mobileme provides a virtual disk accessible from anywhere and with every browser on the market, it comes with a 20GB combined email and file storage and can be accessed from your Mac OS X Finder. iDisk is the easier and more reliable way to transport your office or personal files and access them on the road.
Prices and Availabilities
While Microsoft demonstrated Live Mesh on April their service will be available later this year and will be only available for Windows PC, other platforms and mobiles devices will be added later. Live Mesh comes with a 5GB storage, Live Mesh is totally free.
Live Mesh is an open platform that will lets developers create solutions around it, this is an advantage, but at the same time its openness hurts costumers with millions of spams, virus or any other thread.
Mobileme is said to be up and running today and can be accessed from Mac and Windows computers with any browser, this technology is ready to use with your iphone and ipod touch too and there is not news about support for other mobile devices. Mobileme is a subscription based service with a price of $99 a year for indivual use with a 20GB of combined email and file storage, 200GB of monthly bandwidth and $149 for a Family Pack (4 members) with 5GB of combined email and file storage, and 50GB of monthly data transfer for each member.
Third parties support is unknown and virus or any thread is under Apple control, but the price could be a roadblock for some mac users that were expecting a cheaper price for the service.