Microsoft’s new SkyDrive service which is soon to launch and integrate into Windows Live, was thought to offer a SugarSync, Dropbox style PC to PC Sync service. But its now been revealed by Mike Torres via a Windows 8 blog post that Microsoft’s SkyDrive will not allow users to set up device to device sync, only “device to SkyDrive”.
So if you were thinking of swapping from SugarSync or Dropbox to SkyDrive, it might be wise to hang on to that account for a little while longer. Mike Torres from SkyDrive explains in the blog post:
“We won’t be offering a way to sync between PCs without using the cloud as we’ve found that it adds complexity. Both technical complexity as well as, more importantly, complexity in the overall user model.
The SkyDrive model is really quite simple in that it’s “cloud-first” and not “cloud-optional” which means you no longer have to worry about the timing of various PCs being online to sync, or having files that are only available on PCs but not through SkyDrive.com or mobile devices.
Conflicts are far less likely as well since the cloud is always “online”. The fetch feature addresses the need to “get back” to stuff that you haven’t put in SkyDrive yet. There are tradeoffs either way, we realize that, but we decided to focus on a simple model and really work to get that right.”
For more information on the features of Microsoft’s SkyDrive jump over to the Liveside website for details.
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