Live Mesh Technology Preview: First Look

By Kip Kniskern | In Featured, News | Posted April 23, 2008 10 comments

So at 5 minutes after 9pm, I navigated to, logged in with my Windows Live ID, and was off and running.  First order of business (after accepting the terms), was to add a couple of devices and synch some folders.


notice that 64bit is supported


The download was 1.57mb and installed in less than 2 minutes, by unofficial count.  After adding a laptop, I created a folder and, by right clicking on it, transformed it into a Live Mesh folder:


Note that once the folder is a Live Mesh Folder, it turns blue (the Live Mesh guys like blue!)


So now on to the laptop, where again, I added it to the mesh, and synched the folder I created.


OK this is a little freaky.  In just a few seconds, the new Mesh folder was created on the laptop, and 2.5mb of files were synched over.  I then took a couple of screenshots on the laptop, added them to the Live Mesh folder, and they were almost immediately available on my desktop.  This is very very cool stuff, at first glance, but way more than we’re able to digest in a few minutes.

So just to recap, I just logged in to, logged in, added two pc’s created a Live Mesh folder and dropped a couple mbs of files in it, synched it across to the laptop, added some pics to the live mesh folder on the laptop, which were immediately synched back, and wrote this blog post (me, the world’s slowest typer), all in less than 1/2 hour.  Hooboy this is gonna be fun…

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Posted April 23rd, 2008 at 1:43 pm
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Live Mesh
  • Khristopher

    I’m just not getting all that excited about it…

  • tophtucker

    Sounds great to me! My question is how SkyDrive, Office Live Workspaces, and FolderShare fit into it all. I got on the waiting list; we’ll see how long it takes them to open it up to a few more people.

    My main question at this point is whether it’ll be an awkward thing to manage–whether it’ll feel tacked-on or really nicely integrated. But it’s a big step in the right direction. Now we just have to see how well it works with everything else.

    Hmm, one thing I’ve always wanted is to be able to search all my emails, documents, etc. from Live Search, from any computer. Maybe we’re getting one step closer…

  • VasiS

    gr8! sounds awesome

  • BuciboLebo

    Nothing said about syncing all the Microsoft Calendars. Windows Live Calendar, Windows Calendar, Outlook Calendar, MSN Calendar.

    Nothing also about syncing Outlook, Windows and Windows Live contacts.

  • BV2312

    @BuciboLebo — I think that for that kind of service they would call it Live Mesh Plus and charge you i think….

  • Kip Kniskern

    If you take a look at the “pay attn to feedsync” post here, you’ll see that WL Calendar seems to have some support built in already for sse/feedsync/live mesh. No clue what the plan is for this, but it makes a lot of sense (and makes some sense as to why Calendar has been so slow to add features etc).

  • tophtucker

    Yeah, there are lots and lots of existing MS services that would benefit greatly from being added to the Mesh…

  • joeale

    Sounds great to me! My question is how SkyDrive, Office Live Workspaces, and FolderShare fit into it all. I got on the waiting list; we’ll see how long it takes them to open it up to a few more people.And how will it work zune.

  • tophtucker

    I just got invited. I’m looking forward to trying it out. If I have one complaint, it’s that in a span of a couple months my cloud storage solution has gone from SkyDrive to Office Live Workspaces to now Mesh. What was the point of those services? Will they be, err, meshed into Mesh? I hope so; seems like a waste otherwise.

  • tophtucker

    Overall I’m really happy with this, but there’s one area where Office Live Workspaces still has the edge. In OLW, on any computer, with no software installed, I can click “Edit,” edit a document in Word, and just hitting “Save” saves it to my workspace. With Mesh, with no software installed, I have to open it, save it locally, and then upload it. I don’t know exactly what it is that Workspaces has that this doesn’t–SharePoint, is it?–but that’s a pretty key feature for working away from home. That’s easily my #1 feature request right now.