Live Mesh promo video shows Mac and Windows Mobile clients (xbox too maybe?)

By Chris | In News | Posted May 5, 2008 8 comments

Given Long Zheng’s passion for Microsoft promo videos, I thought it only fitting that we pay tribute and post about the Live Mesh one that has appeared on YouTube from the Web2.0 Expo. While I can’t offer high-res stills of Mesh bringing animals back to life, there’s still a few points you can take away about the high-level vision Microsoft has for Mesh.

At first glance it seems a lot like the generic Microsoft “next-generation” videos that occasionally pop up, full of ideas for the future, most of which will probably never materialise.. Then you remember that actually the products it is showing are already here and Mesh, the link between them all, has just entered initial public testing. Score +1 point for lack of vapourware.

Mobile: say hello to your new Windows Mobile Mesh client. The two screenshots show show before/after when you get a new file synchronised to a Live Mesh folder. Oh it looks good on the HTC Touch Dual too!

There’s a Mac in the video! I can’t think when the last time I saw one of these make an appearance in a Microsoft promo was. The client for Mac was also demoed at Web 2.0, so its definitely on the way.

Xbox: Not quite sure what the “File Share” aspect relates to as the shared content doesn’t tie in with the rest of the video (it looks like they are sharing a screenshot from a game). Still, its not impossible to imagine that Mesh would eventually tie in with Microsoft’s gaming platform, just like Windows Live Messenger does already.

Ok so I lied when I said no vapourware. Zune makes an appearance too, synchronising a playlist collection from the Zune device at one location, through to an in-car mp3 player somewhere else. You gotta have dreams though, right?

Perhaps one of the most potent applications that Mesh can offer is the ability to access your media library from anywhere, on any device. While this is definitely achievable now for Vista and Windows Mobile devices, the challenge will be making that available elsewhere: iPod and iPhone applications anybody?

Spot anything else we missed? Let us know!

Posted May 5th, 2008 at 4:11 pm
Category: News
Tags: Live Mesh
  • Gahgah

    Looks like there’s a chance to use Mesh on the Zune. That would be great. Synching my media files through my own Mesh

  • Chris

    Ooops forgot the Zune bit – added in that to the post.

    Totally agree about the synching of media files. I’m a WiMob user (no zune here) so making them available through mesh would mean you no longer have to remember to synch your devices when you’re at home. And of course when you inevitably need a song you don’t have, there’s no problem in getting it on your mobile device.

  • Civisi

    Is he syncing his Zune with a Mac? Hmmm…

  • Gahgah

    Looks like, but when he’s using Mesh, where’s the problem?

  • DN2004

    Wow Zune and Mac syncing… hopefully this will happen soon!

  • AndyD

    The file share in the Xbox screenshot was from Halo 3. File Share is a part of Halo 3 for sharing screens, videos, and gametypes/maps from Halo 3. It is composed of the in-game features and

  • Avatar X

    Glad you liked the Video, i didin`t thought it would end in LiveSide too.

    Since you asked for what is being used in the video:

    Mom Phone:

    Samsung i780 Smartphone with WM 6.1 Pro.

    Wireless Picture Frame:

    Samsung SPF-72V 7-Inch Wireless Digital Photo Frame pulling from the PC that received the pictures

    PC Monitor showing Vista premium with a (RED) wallpaper

    Samsung 21″ Widescreen


    Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 7000

    Dad Mac:

    Mac book Air


    Black Zune 80

    Daughter Phone:

    HTC Touch Duo


    Xbox 360 Halo Edition using Halo 3 File Share (as pointed too by AndyD)

    And the video is indeed from the web 2.0 Expo Live Mesh Keynote, but i cut the Ad from the video, converted it and upladed to YouTube. there is not Stand Alone version of that Ad that i know of.

  • rgonzruiz

    Nice… wonder on which Live Mesh version we are going to get some Remote Desktop for Windows Mobile devices… to control it and to control from… and talking about versions, anyone up for a prediction on when Live Mesh is going to public beta?