Hands on with Live Mesh

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Have you ever had to email yourself a file or found that you had four different versions of the same document on four different PC's? Wouldn't it be awesome if you had a synchronized copy of all your important files on each of your devices and access to them at any time via nothing more than a web browser?
Live Mesh is a new piece of technology from Microsoft that allows you to do all this and more including a 5GB Live Desktop 'in the cloud'.
George Moromisato and Noah Edelstein from the Live Mesh team came into the Channel 10 studios and gave us a demo of the Live Mesh Technical Preview that goes live today at www.mesh.com
Watch the video to see Live Mesh in action and then let us know what you think in the comments section below.
More Live Mesh Coverage:
Jon Udell chats with Ray Ozzie about Live Mesh 
Charles Torre talks to Abolade Gbadegesin about the Live Mesh Architecture
- Max talks Live Mesh and Students over on Channel 8

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    The Discussion

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      Duncanma
      Hopefully we can get Sampy on this thread talking about how he uses Live Mesh to sync his World of Warcraft files, but my current use is much less exciting... I'm happily keeping a small set of MP3 files sync'd between my machines, and my current set of Xbox Dad word documents.
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      Erik Porter

      I keep photos of my son sync'd between my home computer, my work computer and my wife's home computer.  So anytime she takes some new pictures, I get to have them on whatever computer I'm on.  Smiley

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      Erik Porter

      I keep photos of my son sync'd between my home computer, my work computer and my wife's home computer.  So anytime she takes some new pictures, I get to have them on whatever computer I'm on.  Smiley

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      Erik Porter

      I keep photos of my son sync'd between my home computer, my work computer and my wife's home computer.  So anytime she takes some new pictures, I get to have them on whatever computer I'm on.  Smiley

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      Human​Compiler
      I keep photos of my son sync'd between my home computer, my work computer and my wife's home computer.  So anytime she takes some new pictures, I get to have them on whatever computer I'm on.  Smiley
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      John Ellis

      I am a massive Microsoft supporter, I used to be a Linux junkie but I was won back by MS (especially by their consumer electronics, which I think they need more of t wiover more people), but this stikes me as a little strange- how does this help MS stay relevant in the long term?  At the moment it seems pretty simple (don't get me wrong it's impressive enough as it is) in terms of features, it seems that other companies could do the same and then overtake MS with new features etc- are there big plans for expansion? Plugins?


      What I would really like to see:

      • A way to allow web developers to allow users to access this storage through their site easily, for example go onto facebook or something and allow the user to sign on andget those files wherever they are. Alternativey have a way to allow sites to be added as a sharing friend for a shared folder so I can synchronise folders on my PC with a (e.g.)photosharing site directly, no middle man... I would love to see better integration of the Live services just for them to get more attention from people my age (20).
      • In the distant future I wonder if this could achieve one bit of techy nivana for me- allow me to use this connection to my home PC to allow me to plug my Zune into another PC and still use the marketplace. Software+services is great but software+services+hardware would be an amazing combination. It would still have to be my zune and my live ID but it would be nice to be able to use it elsewhere e.g. work.


      As I said, it is impressive, and great job, I just hope to see it go beyond what we see as a desktop doing (even if it is some spiffy web desktop). A mesh to me involves connecting MANY places.

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      John Ellis

      I am a massive Microsoft supporter, I used to be a Linux junkie but I was won back by MS (especially by their consumer electronics, which I think they need more of t wiover more people), but this stikes me as a little strange- how does this help MS stay relevant in the long term?  At the moment it seems pretty simple (don't get me wrong it's impressive enough as it is) in terms of features, it seems that other companies could do the same and then overtake MS with new features etc- are there big plans for expansion? Plugins?


      What I would really like to see:

      • A way to allow web developers to allow users to access this storage through their site easily, for example go onto facebook or something and allow the user to sign on andget those files wherever they are. Alternativey have a way to allow sites to be added as a sharing friend for a shared folder so I can synchronise folders on my PC with a (e.g.)photosharing site directly, no middle man... I would love to see better integration of the Live services just for them to get more attention from people my age (20).
      • In the distant future I wonder if this could achieve one bit of techy nivana for me- allow me to use this connection to my home PC to allow me to plug my Zune into another PC and still use the marketplace. Software+services is great but software+services+hardware would be an amazing combination. It would still have to be my zune and my live ID but it would be nice to be able to use it elsewhere e.g. work.


      As I said, it is impressive, and great job, I just hope to see it go beyond what we see as a desktop doing (even if it is some spiffy web desktop). A mesh to me involves connecting MANY places.

    • User profile image
      John Ellis

      I am a massive Microsoft supporter, I used to be a Linux junkie but I was won back by MS (especially by their consumer electronics, which I think they need more of t wiover more people), but this stikes me as a little strange- how does this help MS stay relevant in the long term?  At the moment it seems pretty simple (don't get me wrong it's impressive enough as it is) in terms of features, it seems that other companies could do the same and then overtake MS with new features etc- are there big plans for expansion? Plugins?


      What I would really like to see:

      • A way to allow web developers to allow users to access this storage through their site easily, for example go onto facebook or something and allow the user to sign on andget those files wherever they are. Alternativey have a way to allow sites to be added as a sharing friend for a shared folder so I can synchronise folders on my PC with a (e.g.)photosharing site directly, no middle man... I would love to see better integration of the Live services just for them to get more attention from people my age (20).
      • In the distant future I wonder if this could achieve one bit of techy nivana for me- allow me to use this connection to my home PC to allow me to plug my Zune into another PC and still use the marketplace. Software+services is great but software+services+hardware would be an amazing combination. It would still have to be my zune and my live ID but it would be nice to be able to use it elsewhere e.g. work.


      As I said, it is impressive, and great job, I just hope to see it go beyond what we see as a desktop doing (even if it is some spiffy web desktop). A mesh to me involves connecting MANY places.

    • User profile image
      John Ellis

      I am a massive Microsoft supporter, I used to be a Linux junkie but I was won back by MS (especially by their consumer electronics, which I think they need more of t wiover more people), but this stikes me as a little strange- how does this help MS stay relevant in the long term?  At the moment it seems pretty simple (don't get me wrong it's impressive enough as it is) in terms of features, it seems that other companies could do the same and then overtake MS with new features etc- are there big plans for expansion? Plugins?


      What I would really like to see:

      • A way to allow web developers to allow users to access this storage through their site easily, for example go onto facebook or something and allow the user to sign on andget those files wherever they are. Alternativey have a way to allow sites to be added as a sharing friend for a shared folder so I can synchronise folders on my PC with a (e.g.)photosharing site directly, no middle man... I would love to see better integration of the Live services just for them to get more attention from people my age (20).
      • In the distant future I wonder if this could achieve one bit of techy nivana for me- allow me to use this connection to my home PC to allow me to plug my Zune into another PC and still use the marketplace. Software+services is great but software+services+hardware would be an amazing combination. It would still have to be my zune and my live ID but it would be nice to be able to use it elsewhere e.g. work.


      As I said, it is impressive, and great job, I just hope to see it go beyond what we see as a desktop doing (even if it is some spiffy web desktop). A mesh to me involves connecting MANY places.

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      LarryLarsen
      I'm happy to eliminate copying things to USB thumb drives or to a server share. Makes it extremely easy to access files I want from various computers around the house/work. Simple as a right click.
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      bwmartens

      This looks like a great product. It would be even cooler if I could use my Windows Home Server as the back end storage instead of SkyDrive.

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      bwmartens

      This looks like a great product. It would be even cooler if I could use my Windows Home Server as the back end storage instead of SkyDrive.

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      bwmartens

      This looks like a great product. It would be even cooler if I could use my Windows Home Server as the back end storage instead of SkyDrive.

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      bwmartens

      This looks like a great product. It would be even cooler if I could use my Windows Home Server as the back end storage instead of SkyDrive.

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      Tden

      Yes, if you could use other sources other than SkyDrive that would open up a lot of opportunities. If Home Server or Windows Server that would be very nice.

      Does the mesh app support encryption between other mesh members?

       

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      Tden

      Yes, if you could use other sources other than SkyDrive that would open up a lot of opportunities. If Home Server or Windows Server that would be very nice.

      Does the mesh app support encryption between other mesh members?

       

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      Tden

      Yes, if you could use other sources other than SkyDrive that would open up a lot of opportunities. If Home Server or Windows Server that would be very nice.

      Does the mesh app support encryption between other mesh members?

       

    • User profile image
      Tden

      Yes, if you could use other sources other than SkyDrive that would open up a lot of opportunities. If Home Server or Windows Server that would be very nice.

      Does the mesh app support encryption between other mesh members?

       

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      lbastie

      Mesh looks great from both user and developer perspectives. 2 comments:

      1. make sure you kill FolderShare (and maybe SkyDrive.) We don't want to see again this branding complexity for same products and canibalism between tools. I don't see the difference. Maybe there is, but it will never be obvious to the consumer.
      2. Will it be integrated in the overall Windows Live services or be a different service?

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      lbastie

      Mesh looks great from both user and developer perspectives. 2 comments:

      1. make sure you kill FolderShare (and maybe SkyDrive.) We don't want to see again this branding complexity for same products and canibalism between tools. I don't see the difference. Maybe there is, but it will never be obvious to the consumer.
      2. Will it be integrated in the overall Windows Live services or be a different service?

    • User profile image
      lbastie

      Mesh looks great from both user and developer perspectives. 2 comments:

      1. make sure you kill FolderShare (and maybe SkyDrive.) We don't want to see again this branding complexity for same products and canibalism between tools. I don't see the difference. Maybe there is, but it will never be obvious to the consumer.
      2. Will it be integrated in the overall Windows Live services or be a different service?

    • User profile image
      lbastie

      Mesh looks great from both user and developer perspectives. 2 comments:

      1. make sure you kill FolderShare (and maybe SkyDrive.) We don't want to see again this branding complexity for same products and canibalism between tools. I don't see the difference. Maybe there is, but it will never be obvious to the consumer.
      2. Will it be integrated in the overall Windows Live services or be a different service?

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      John Ellis

      Thank you for your reply, nice to see you guys read the users mundane ramblings Smiley

    • User profile image
      John Ellis

      Thank you for your reply, nice to see you guys read the users mundane ramblings Smiley

    • User profile image
      John Ellis

      Thank you for your reply, nice to see you guys read the users mundane ramblings Smiley

    • User profile image
      John Ellis

      Thank you for your reply, nice to see you guys read the users mundane ramblings Smiley

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      jagowar

      i dont suppose there is any to run this w/o uac installed?  i disable uac on my media center server (because uac causes problems) but now i cant run the install.  i dont see any reason uac would matter.... other than ms wanting to annoy people.

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      jagowar

      i dont suppose there is any to run this w/o uac installed?  i disable uac on my media center server (because uac causes problems) but now i cant run the install.  i dont see any reason uac would matter.... other than ms wanting to annoy people.

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      jagowar

      i dont suppose there is any to run this w/o uac installed?  i disable uac on my media center server (because uac causes problems) but now i cant run the install.  i dont see any reason uac would matter.... other than ms wanting to annoy people.

    • User profile image
      jagowar

      i dont suppose there is any to run this w/o uac installed?  i disable uac on my media center server (because uac causes problems) but now i cant run the install.  i dont see any reason uac would matter.... other than ms wanting to annoy people.

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