Introducing Microsoft Live Mesh (Beta)
Have you heard of Microsoft Live Mesh? No? Live Mesh is a device network platform that brings your files (pictures, music, etc) all together. Basically the way it works is that you add devices on your cloud network (like your own private network online) and then all your devices will be synchronized at the same time. I know it sounds confusing but let me further explain. When you sign into to Live mesh you sign into a virtual computer online. This cloud/virtual computer allows you to add different devices to create your private network. When you add a new device to your network, you will have to download an installer which enables you to have a synchronized folder on the computer/device you are working on. Pretty cool right? What’s even cooler than this is that you can add a Mac to your network. The premise behind Live Mesh is that you can synchornize your files accross a number of devices (Your main PC, your computer at work, your sister’s Mac, and your mobile phone) at the same time. Live mesh has a remote desktop (RDP) feature, which allows you to connect RDP into numerous computers on your network.
Let me give you an example of how this would work in real life. I sign into Live Mesh and I download the installer for my computer, creating a synchronized folder on my computer.Then I sign into Live Mesh from my Sister’s Mac and add her computer as a new device. I will be asked to download the Mac installer for her computer, and when the install is complete, my sister will also have her respective synchronized folder. So basically, my computer’s synchronized folder connects with my sister’s synchronized folder. So now let’s say I download Def Leppard’s “Pour some sugar on me” from iTunes on my computer (and I know how much my sister loves this song) all I have to do is place this song file in my synchronized folder and my sister will have this song her Mac computer. This is again because when my synchronized folder is updated with a file my sister’s synchronized folder is also updated with the same content as well.
Microsoft Live Mesh is free at the current moment and I would encourage anyone to try it out. It has some kinks (still in Beta) like it increases your CPU Usage (moe.exe) and the remote desktop feature sometimes dosen’t work so well. Still, it’s really cool to see in action…Trust me. There is also a Visual Studio toolkit which you can download to build your own custom applications on your cloud/virtual computer. If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Till next time,