Thursday, April 24, 2008

Microsoft Live Mesh Explained

The blogosphere has been complete awash with bloggers trying to explain Microsoft's Live Mesh product. From the normal fear-mongering about Microsoft trying to consume the internet to overly technical explanations, the web is littered with bad information.

Microsoft Live Mesh will be a web enabled service that will allow you to connect and control all of your internet enabled devices. Now, you can share the data on your office PC with your smartphone and vice versa. Files can be stored online in your mesh folders and shared with trusted collaborators. Now you can finally synchronize all your devices to give you access to all your valuable information.

Amit Mital, the General Manager of the Live Mesh project writes:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got two work laptops, a home PC, a SmartPhone, a Media Center, and a growing list of new devices. Unfortunately, at least initially, every new device I add makes my life a little harder not easier. There have been countless times where I’ve been in a situation where “that file is on my work machine” or “that photo is on my SmartPhone” or “I can’t access it because I’m offline."

-Source: Windows Live Dev Blog

To sum it up, Live Mesh keeps all your data synchronized across all your devices, it lets you share and work online and off from anywhere on anything. A limited developer beta will be open soon for 10,000 testers with a larger beta release hopefully in the fall.

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