LiveSide.net has noticed that the new and improved SkyDrive will no longer support the main Live Mesh feature.
We wonâ€™t be offering a way to sync between PCs without using the cloud as weâ€™ve found that it adds complexity. Both technical complexity as well as, more importantly, complexity in the overall user model. The SkyDrive model is really quite simple in that itâ€™s â€œcloud-firstâ€ and not â€œcloud-optionalâ€ which means you no longer have to worry about the timing of various PCs being online to sync, or having files that are only available on PCs but not through SkyDrive.com or mobile devices. Conflicts are far less likely as well since the cloud is always "online". The fetch feature addresses the need to â€œget backâ€ to stuff that you havenâ€™t put in SkyDrive yet. There are tradeoffs either way, we realize that, but we decided to focus on a simple model and really work to get that right.
P2P synching has advantages, such as not being bound by the size of the available online storage, and having your files remain available off-line.
On the other hand Live Mesh has always been a bit buggy, and having your files available in the cloud from anywhere and any device has increasingly become more important than having it available on a specific set of computers.
It is expected that eventually Live Mesh will be de-emphasized, leaving users with only SkyDrive.
Will our readers be missing Live Mesh features, especially with massive online storage in SkyDrive now available and Windows 8 making SkyDrive just another drive for your PC? Let us know below.
Microsoftâ€™s Live services are one of its most active divisions. The latest rumour from that segment of the company is that Windows Live Mail will finally officially activate Exchange Activesync for everyone who cares to apply.
The change is set to come on August 30th, and will bring email, calendar, tasks, contacts and even SMS synching to Windows Mobile. The exchange server used however does not support HTML e-mail, which is a pity given the type of email commonly received on Hotmail (or may be a blessing in disguise).
Via Mary Jo Foley we hear Microsoft is renaming Windows Live Sync to Live Mesh, and boosting the cloud storage capacity back up to 2 GB. Unfortunately phones and other devices are still not supported, but maybe Microsoft will eventually relent.
The changes should take effect in Fall 2010 when the next Windows Live Essentials 2011 beta is released.
A recently published Q&A piece by Microsoft on Live Mesh/Live Sync and the changed that comes with it confirmed that the service as rolled out will no longer support Windows Mobile handsets:
Q: Why canâ€™t I sync folders on my mobile device?
A: With this release of Windows Live Sync, we focused on syncing folders between computers. In the future, weâ€™ll explore adding support for other devices including mobile phones.
Fortunately Microsoft has not ruled out future support, but unfortunately â€œexploring adding supportâ€ lacks any clear commitment.
Via the All about Microsoft ZDNet blog.
When Skype and Nimbuzz drops you, that’s one thing, but when Microsoft itself withdraws support for their mobile OS it does become rather sad.
Liveside.net reports that Live Sync 2011 will be the new name for Live Mesh, and while the service retains much of the previous features, online storage will be reduced to 2 GB, and support for Windows Phone (6.5 or 7) will be dropped.
Of course, given that Windows Phone 7 lacks a user-accessible file system, this does make some sense, and who knows, maybe the feature will be resurrected when that issue is addressed, but it is still sad to see one of Microsoftâ€™s more innovative services fall by the way side, at least for mobile use.
Read more at LiveSide.net here.
Windows Live Sync is a Microsoft Live service which will allow users to sync files and settings between Windows desktops.
The description below is from the latest version coming in Wave 4 of Microsoftâ€™s Live Essentials release:
- Sync folders across all your PCs (and Macs) Windows Live Sync keeps your files and folders, such as Documents, Pictures and
Music, in sync across your computers so you can work or play wherever you want. Update a file on one computer, and it will automatically sync to the rest. Once your folders are synchronized, your files are available even when you donâ€™t have internet access.
- Program settings sync Share settings for your favorite programs across your PCs, so programs work the same way on every PC in your home.
- Remote Desktop Leave your PC online and you can access it from devices.live.com. Find your PC among the list of devices on the website, and click Connect to remotely control your PC.
Of note is that the service features closely match the features available in Microsoftâ€™s Live Mesh service, which raises questions about Windows Phone support.
The above icon set, taken from the leaked Live Sync client, does lend some hope, with a Devices Icon which appears to show a pretty familiar Windows Mobile handset.
It seems Microsoft is using Windows Phone 7 as an opportunity to pull together many services, with the cell phone one of the major hubs, hopefully remedying a long-standing failing.
A new version of the Live Mesh Mac software is available that provides support for both Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6). Leopard users are not required to install this release.
To upgrade to this new release, you will need to reinstall Live Mesh for Mac. To do so, please go to http://www.mesh.com, sign in with your Live ID, and download the Mac client software from the â€œDevicesâ€ page.
â€¢ Live Mesh Mac: 0.9.4501.0
Included in this update
â€¢ Mac â€“ Repairs client use for OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)
Read more here.
Windows Live Mesh seems to be close to coming out of beta, and with the new status will come a new name â€“ Windows Live Devices.
Microsoftâ€™s ambition for this service appears to be to tie together all your devices, from printers and picture frames to of course your mobile phone and other computers.
There appears also to be a consolidations of Microsoftâ€™s Live services, which can only good news from a remote management point of view.
Read all the details at LiveSide.com.
According to the Live Mesh team the following changes have been made:
- New Media Viewer on the Live Desktop.
- Live Mesh News will now display the date (as well as time) for all news items, even older ones.
- Improved the Live Desktop quota calculation.
- Optimized MOE CPU/memory use.
- Fixed Mac client startup errors that caused client to shut down shortly after launching.
- Mac passwords containing extended characters now work properly.
- Device status (online/offline) now properly displayed on the Live Desktop, in the notifier, and in the Mesh bar.
- News now correctly displays the year.
Read more at the Live Mesh blog here.
Proxure, a Californian company, has just announced a new syncing service which, much like Live Mesh, allows consumers and business users to synchronize everything from digital photos to office documents. The service can work across multiple devices and operating systems, and, example, can automatically and simultaneously sync photos from your mobile phone to your laptop, your desktop, and to friends and family.
The service depends on clients on the device, and has no cloud-based component, unlike Live Mesh. It is however opportunistic, and will queue up files to sync whenever a connection becomes available. Clients are at present available for Vista and Windows XP, with a special version for HP’s Touch Smart PC’s. A Windows Mobile beta is currently also available, with an Android, iPhone and MacOS version being planned.
KeepSync does have some twists. It will, for example, automatically transcode video to a format more palatable for a recipient (thinks Orb) and resize pictures for easier transmission.
Unlike Live Mesh, Keepsync does have a business model. They plan to charge for the traffic across the internet using pre-paid plan, from 1 credit per megabyte. This is of course the great weakness of the product, and is sure to impede adoption.
They do however have an SDK available which was for the HP TouchSmart implementation of KeepSync and was recently licensed by AMD for use with their Fusion platform.
The service will be demonstrated at CES, but the product is also currently available with a 15 day free trial, including 25 MB of credits from Keepsync.com. There is also the opportunity to apply for their Windows Mobile beta.
Many of our readers have complained of not being in the beta. Now’s your chance!
Source:Live Mesh Blog
The Live Mesh team has just announced an update for their Live Mesh Mobile client. Supposedly just a minor update, it did fix a significant problem I had in not being able to log in via the Samsung Omnia, so I do recommend it.
Service update (December 4, 2008)
We’re pleased to announce that our next update will be available later today. This update affects the Live Desktop, Live Mesh for Mac, and Live Mesh for Mobile. We will release an update for the Live Mesh for Windows software next week. See below for details.
Server-side performace and reliability enhancements
Minor usability improvements
For those of you keeping track, the latest version numbers with this update are:
Live Mesh for Mac: 0.9.3602.818
Live Mesh for Mobile: 0.9.3424.9
Live Desktop: 0.9.3424.9
Download the app by loging in to m.mesh.com.
While the Live Mesh client was released yesterday, I was not the only one who found the software non-functional. Apparently a bug was identified in the software, and a new release is now available which, presumably, works.
Try your luck by downloading the client by visiting http://m.mesh.com/install/wm6/LiveMesh.cab with your Windows Mobile smartphone.
See the Live Mesh blog for more information.
The Live Mesh client for Windows Mobile is now available but only for users in USA and UK (for now at least). I would have more to say about the software, but so far I have not been able to sign in to the service.
Try your luck by downloading the client by visiting http://m.mesh.com/ with your Windows Mobile smartphone. Hopefully it will work a bit better tomorrow.
See the Live Mesh blog for more information.
One of our readers alerted us to the news that a new Live Mesh beta is coming this week, and that this release will finally bring a Windows Mobile client.
Live Mesh provides downloadable software for PCâ€™s and a service on the Web that provides access to all your files and various web applications from whatever device you are using. Examples would be having your photos automatically synchronized between your mobile phone, desktop and digital photo frame, and also then being able to view your photos online from any web browser wherever you are.
Live Mesh is going into open Beta over the course of this week and includes several new features that enhance the experience by giving users more control, increased reliability, and improved performance. Next year, Live Mesh will be utilized in the next major release of Windows Live.
Instructions for accessing the Windows Mobile client will be made available from the Live Mesh blog later in the week.
Thanks Mark Roddis for the tip.
Microsoft announced today that it’s making the Live Mesh service – which synchronises data across all your PCs and phones – available to third-party applications. One of the first applications to take advantage will be the BBC’s iPlayer. The BBC’s head of online media, Anthony Rose (ex-Kazaa), demonstrated a prototype version of the player at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference today.
It featured a Silverlight-driven desktop application that automatically synchronised shows downloaded on one PC with all the other devices on the person’s Mesh network, including Macs and mobile phones.
“When I take out my cell phone, the programme has already been synched,” Rose said. “And when I press the play button on my smartphone, it automatically picks up from where I left off [on the PC].”
Microsoft also demonstrated examples of Live Mesh being integrated into other desktop applications.
One photo-sharing application allowed people to edit their photos on their home PC and have the edits automatically update on those of friends and family. Photos taken on a Windows Mobile phone could also be instantly added to a holiday album, for example, and instantly sycnhronised with friends and family.
Microsoft is encouraging developers to integrate such features into forthcoming apps.
Live Mesh clients already exist for the desktop, but have not been released yet for Windows Mobile devices. They should however arrive well before Windows Mobile 7.
We have had brief glimpses of this video showing Windows Mobile 7 before, but this time the video is available in high resolution, giving us a pretty good view of the Windows Mobile 7 today screen.
Most of the screenshots that were leaked 9 months ago are confirmed in the picture, and some things can be discerned from the video. The most obvious one is that the Sliding Panels interface from Windows Mobile Standard devices will also be showing up in Windows Mobile Professional phones. The video also has a brief demo of how Live Mesh will work on Windows Mobile, and it looks pretty good.
One can see the bigger input method selector, battery meter under the soft keys, and of course the sliding panels
See the Youtube video here.