1) Who knows? But I think other providers could write their own versions with the same level of integration, if my understanding of the Metro stuff is correct. Let's hope that is the way things go rather than yet more lawsuits. Hopefully the fact that Apple have already gone down this route to some extent can be used to counteract any issues.
3) Was WL Essentials ever updated that frequently? I don't think I ever noticed if it was.
4) The desktop client is coming to Windows 7 (and even Vista)
5) If I'm reading the Building 8 blog correctly they've finally just made Mesh and Skydrive just one big thing. At least I hope so.
I think the new features are just what Skydrive needs. I only wish there was client for XP, but I guess I can always grab the files from a browser.
to make you feel not losing much, I am going to do that on my Win7 as well. I would sync my existing Mesh folders, but, for the photos, I prefer to upload photos (specifically photos) manually. So, you are not doing much different than me, hehe.
Based on the Blog, I suspect Mesh will be gone anyway. But, in the mean time, I am glad they added the link. At least they listened and made it easier, especially knowing Mesh doesn't have many days left. The Link is placed in a very unexpected place though, probably because it is about to be deprecated, so, I will just accept that.
If I recall it doesn't work out of the box and you have to put effort to get similar functionality ala Dropbox, additionally it only allows one connection per account IIRC, so if OneNote is already connected using the public API or whatever (the funny looking link), then another tool cannot. That is enough, at least for me, to avoid it. The power of defaults.
Speaking as an end user of course
I haven't seen a SkyDrive client that didn't suck immensely. The Dropbox client (and site) is just fluent niceness in comparison. It's been frustrating because SkyDrive has so much more free capacity. That said, the Building Windows 8 SkyDrive post appears to show that we'll finally have a nice Windows experience with SkyDrive. A tad late but I'll take it.
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