Microsoft's Office cloud apps and storage are one of the Web's best-kept secrets. Why settle for Google Docs?
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Microsoft's Windows Live Mesh has a relationship with SkyDrive, too. Windows Live Mesh is a peer-to-peer sharing service that lets you designate hard (or solid-state drive) drive folders on your PC or Mac for sharing over the cloud. Here's the interesting part: folders also can be synced between a local drive and SkyDrive. Up to 5GB of SkyDrive's 25GB cloud storage quota can be used for this Windows Live Mesh cloud sync--which works in a way similar to Dropbox. However, it is limited to using the free native apps for Windows or Mac OS X and desktop browsers. Neither the Windows Phone nor the iPhone SkyDrive apps can see or use Windows Live Mesh folders synced with SkyDrive.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.