Iâ€™m a big fan of Live Mesh, the service from Microsoft that is a great productivity tool when working with colleagues and clients in different locations, where you can synchronize different devices used by different people to share files.
Iâ€™m also starting to be a big fan of Dropbox, a new collaborative document sharing service thatâ€™s just come out of private beta which I signed up for a few days ago.
Itâ€™s so simple and easy to use that I could see this being a more useful collaborative tool for me than Live Mesh.
This screenshot shows my Dropbox home page on the web. Yet thatâ€™s not the place Iâ€™d visit much as the desktop app Dropbox installs lets me drag and drop files using Windows Explorer just as I can do with any folder on the computer.
Live Mesh is like this, too.
I can add files and folders into a public folder and then provide unique URLs for specific files that enable anyone not connected to me in Dropbox to access those file. Thatâ€™s a useful feature.
Iâ€™m not sure whether comparing Dropbox with Live Mesh is a valid comparison or not. Iâ€™ll come to some conclusions after using both for a while.
So planning a more detailed commentary over on my tech blog soon.
Meanwhile, check Dropbox out for yourself, especially the screencast â€“ itâ€™s good and explains the concepts very well.
Dropbox runs on Windows (XP and Vista) , Mac and Linux systems which pretty much covers it all.