By Jon L. Jacobi | PC World | Published: 17:25, 04 January 2013
Livedrive is one of the first developers to the Windows 8 party with a new native app that works with the company's online storage and file sharing service. Livedrive already has provided apps for both Android and iOS, so this is a logical evolution for the company. It's available in plans that range from $8 per month on up, each with a 14-day free trial.
The Windows 8 Livedrive app works well and follows the interface standards to the tee. The real only limitation is that you can't back up your Windows 8 PC using it, only access Livedrive's BriefCase file-sharing service. Obviously, it's intended for mobile devices that don't have a lot to back up, but it would be nice if you could use the app to back up Windows 8 tablets like any other computer. Admittedly, the Livedrive desktop app is a lot more efficient with options for prioritizing files, etc.
As you might have inferred from the previous paragraph, LiveDrive is both a backup/storage and a file sharing service. Backup is the usual a matter of selecting files, folders, drives, or your computer and... Well, backing up. The BriefCase is a way to share files amongst your PCs and is two-way from all devices. In the W8 UI app you can access the BriefCase to email a link, upload the file to SkyDrive (a major nod to Microsoft no doubt--there's no support for iCloud, Google Drive, etc., in this app), and save it locally. But there is no support for backup.
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Livedrive's pricing is broken down between the backup and BriefCase services. For home users, backup is $8 a month or $80 a year for all the files on one PC or Mac. The BriefCase is $16 a month or $160 yearly and includes 2TB of storage for all your devices. Together as the Pro Plan, they're $25 a month or $250 a year with unlimited backup plus for 5 PCs or Macs, plus 5GB of BriefCase storage for all your devices. That sounds expensive, but it's also a heck of a lot of storage and nearly universal access.