Ray Ozzie on Live Mesh: “There’s almost nothing there”

When we told you to “pay attention to Feedsync”, we were of course talking about Live Mesh, but what Ray Ozzie is bringing to the table with the Live Mesh Technology Preview, enabled by Feedsync, or Simple Sharing Extensions to ATOM and RSS, is a lightweight, robust, performant, and scalable method for connecting devices, data, applications, and relationships.

In his Channel 9 appearance with former O’Reilly writer and current Microsoft evangelist Jon Udell, Ray Ozzie gets almost giddy when he gets to talk about Live Mesh.  And with good reason, Ozzie has been working on these problems for a long time.  What Feedsync enables for Live Mesh, when it is connected to a mesh of devices, the array of services available to Windows Live users (Live ID, contact store, data storage, etc.), user data, and the relationships between all of them, quickly becomes much more than a really cool way to sync up some files.

In another Channel 9 interview, Windows Live Platform Architect Abolade Gbadegesin describes treating Live Mesh devices in a similar way to how Live IDs are handled.  You have an ID, and now your device has an ID, too.  With it, that device can share what it knows across other devices and to other users.  It can create and store information about relationships, as well as files and file sync.  The Live Mesh Notifier (it was called Live Mesh News internally, and the initial exposure is a news feed not unlike the one on Facebook), can not only display news items about these relationships (Joe just added 3 files), but can potentially expose a lot of rich information about them (show all files added to these folders by Joe).

Our relationships online, and how we connect, protect, manipulate, and store them become much richer and deeper when we consider our devices as part of what we relate to.  Live Mesh will know what computers I use, what files I need, who to share them with, what I’ve modified, what others have modified, and what I’ve shared in a number of complex ways.  This platform (of which the current Technology Preview exposes just a tiny bit) through a simple set of RSS/ATOM extensions has bridged a gap between our online relationships to people, and our relationship to our devices.   When the mesh is connected to devices, Windows Live services, data, and available online or on a client, by managing the relationships between and among them all, it suddenly opens up a whole new world of possibilities.  We said it before and we’ll say it again, pay attention to Feedsync.