When Microsoft released details on SkyDrive the complaints were immediate. It acts as a drive. It’s like any other drive on your PC. That’s cool but that means that if you wanted 10 files you were working on to be in your SkyDrive that means that the files needs to reside there and not on your local drives. It will not sync those folders through the SkyDrive folder (and thus the thing we called Live Mesh is effectively dead). LiveSide goes into the play by play here. Anyway, ever since I heard about this limitation I thought about the solution that MS has provided (even though it’s silly). It’s their free SyncToy application.
SyncToy 2.1 is a free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations. Typical uses include sharing files, such as photos, with other computers and creating backup copies of files and folders.
SyncToy, a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows, is an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without additional complexity. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of folders at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another case. Unlike other applications, SyncToy actually keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.
So it’s an extra step but effectively if you set up SyncToy to sync the folders you care about to your SkyDrive I think that will give you what you want – a world that lives with SkyDrive and the abilities you liked in Live Mesh on Windows 8. Since LiveMesh may be dying (since SkyDrive is noted as replacing it) and SyncToy works to sync networked folders (which Mesh blocks) this may be a better long term solution. Any techies out there to tell me if this works?