Probably many of you already heard habris Live Mesh, the new service data synchronization between devices that Microsoft offers, submitted in April and recently has entered the phase of open beta.
In Genbeta want to elaborate a little more on this interesting product from Redmond and that is why we devote a special series of posts in which they will discuss the different facets of Live Mesh, functioning as its web service, as software in Windows, Mac and other devices, and also its potential as a platform. What MobileMe face, and even give you some tips so you can get more out where you are using it.
In this first post will give an overview about what Live Mesh and what is its usefulness. Basically what we could define as a synchronization service that allows us to share files and settings between devices (PCs, Macs, mobile, and others) and with other users instantly, making available the latest version of our files? At all times and everywhere?. We add a file on our desktop computer and it automatically synchronizes with a desktop Virtual Web and with all devices that we have added our? Mesh?.
This is a product that meets the needs of users? Always connected? Who are not satisfied with having a computer at home, but also possess mobile, smartphones, MP3 players and MP4, etc.. This proliferation of gadgets produces an obvious gap for synchronization of services, allowing us to access our information in the cloud while we have it available when offline.
But this definition we have given us is a little short because Mesh also incorporates other elements, such as a Virtual Desktop (Live Desktop) that allows us to store information on the Internet (for the moment until 5GB) and accessed from any computer. Or its potential as a platform, because as soon as they release the API and SDK (late October) developers can create both desktop and Web applications that are integrated into our Mesh and can synchronize data between our various configurations and devices. Thanks to this may develop desktop applications that easily integrate with web services, and where we do not have to choose whether to have our information on the hard disk, or in the cloud, but on both sides at once.
Mesh software is also more services, as it combines different operating systems for customers with a web interface and data stored on servers. It incorporates various popular standards and protocols (HTTP, RSS, REST, ATOM, JSON, among others), which facilitates its functioning in multiple browsers and platforms
In addition Live Mesh uses technology to create a newsfeed FeedSync bidirectional (similar to Facebook) integrated with Windows Live Messenger to help us to always keep abreast of what happens in our shared folders, while allowing us to discuss and send messages with other people with whom we have shared our files. As is assumed, in order to access all these functions using the Windows Live ID as identification system.
To make matters worse, including remote desktop functionality, enabling the take control of other devices in our network from any computer in the world (as long as both are turned on and connected to Mesh, obviously).
These are other things that make Live Mesh exceeds other similar services as dropbox or FolderShare. It combines things that already existed (virtual desktops, instant synchronization, online storage, APIs for third, newsfeeds, etc.). Unites them and causing a synergy in which the user is the most benefited. In fact, since the mere decision to give the character Mesh platform makes your possibilities are almost endless.
Mesh is currently available only for PCs running Windows Vista and XP, but in a very short time will begin to offer the client for Mac and Windows Mobile. A future is also expected to be allowed to use Mesh on the Xbox Live 360, Zune players (and other manufacturers), mobile Symbian, and other devices (radios for cars, photo frames, Media Center Extenders, set-top-boxes , Etc.).. You have not mentioned anything about a client for iPhone, and the ability to view Linux Live Mesh happen that once the API released a third created an application to use this service in the operating system penguin (Microsoft has shown no intentions to make themselves a client for Linux).
Do Uses of Mesh in everyday life? To give some examples, we could have our entire media collection synchronized via Live Mesh. So no matter the ability of MP4 players (if they have WiFi connectivity) and that our music could be stored and be reproduced on the Internet without downloading it. We might have to draw pictures with the cellphone directly into a PC, a media center, or in connection with photos, wirelessly and quickly. Or you could use Mesh to work on a project with our colleagues and make sure that we will always have the latest version of each file and ending with the attachments with names like? Project Draft 1 “,” Revised Draft 1 “,” Project Corrected 3?, Etc.? For just give some ideas, because, as usually happens when we talk about new platforms, our imagination falls short when it comes to visualize the potential of this technology.
It is also know as will Microsoft to integrate in a coherent manner the enormous amount of synchronization and storage services in the cloud that currently offers such as shared folders in Windows Live Messenger, FolderShare, SkyDrive, Office Live Workspace, etc.. As this overabundance of products that perform similar functions (and this raised now) only finish playing against them to cause confusion in the user, but achieved integrate successfully into Mesh, can be transformed into an interesting value added to this powerful service.
In short, Live Mesh technology is an extremely interesting because it constitutes an attempt of features never before seen in merging Web and the desktop in the same thing. And it is also one of the largest efforts by Redmond kept in force at a time when the center of gravity of the computer is moved increasingly toward the Web, an area that we all know who is governed by.