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Live Mesh Preview

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Extracted from Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows… Here is Live Mesh Preview:

At its simplest, Live Mesh is a platform that encompasses an Internet operating system (exposed as a Web-based desktop), your PC or Mac computer(s), and your mobile device(s). I should note here, that this view represents the plan for Live Mesh. Today, with just the first tech preview of Live Mesh available, the reality is a bit less dramatic. There’s a basic Web-based desktop and there’s PC software. You can sync documents and other files between the Web-based desktop and your PCs (but only at the folder level). You can also remotely access other PCs using a Remote Desktop-based experience. I’ll get into details in a moment, but that’s about all that’s available right now.

To understand why this limited set of services is still revolutionary for Microsoft, note that the PC desktop is not at the center of this Live Mesh platform. Instead, Live Mesh is envisioned as a ring or circle, where your PC(s) and Macs(s), mobile device(s), and Web desktop are all equal partners, like spokes on a wheel. All of the capabilities of the Live Mesh, today and in the future, will work identically via each entry point. Note, too, that Microsoft intends to support non-Microsoft PCs and mobile devices with this platform. Mac users will have a native Live Mesh client. Linux users? Maybe not, but they’ll at least be able to access Live Mesh fully from the Web.

It’s also important to note that what makes Live Mesh important is that it’s a platform. Microsoft Evangelist Jon Udell said recently that the folder sharing and remote access components of Live Mesh that are available today are essentially trivial and shouldn’t obscure what’s at the heart of this project. What’s really going on here is that Microsoft is creating a cloud computing platform in which the PC is but a component. Like it or not, most computer users today don’t actually use just a single device. People increasingly use multiple PCs (and/or Macs), both in the home and at work. They have desktops and laptop computers. They have smart phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and other mobile devices. And they have a host of online personas via email and instant messaging services, social networking memberships, e-commerce sites, and other online communities. We, as users, manage these disparate components separately and with great complexity and difficulty.

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April 28, 2008 at 5:48 am

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