I installed the latest version of Windows Essentials, that is Windows Essentials 2012, today. Unfortunately this version also removed Live Mesh from my computer and replaced it with the SkyDrive app. It was expected but it’s still a bummer. With the disappearance of Live Mesh goes the peer to peer file sync as well as the rather nifty remote PC control functionality that Live Mesh had and for which you didn’t have to have a fix IP address or DNS lookup which you do need for the standard remote desktop connection in Windows.
I had already replaced the peer to peer sync with Goodsync but for the remote PC there’s no good replacement unless you want to install yet another third party piece of software and for something like controlling your PC remotely I don’t really want to do that.
It’s a shame that Microsoft seems to have been taken over by a bunch of plonkers looking more to design than functionality and who seems to want to change everything even if they then throws out good functionality :-(.