[AI] New 'Live Mesh' software links data on phones, PCs

vishnu ramchandani vishnuhappy at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 24 08:01:19 EDT 2008

New 'Live Mesh' software links data on phones, PCs


San Francisco: Microsoft has begun testing technology
that brings together a person’s pictures, documents
and other data scattered across a growing number
of machines with the goal of allowing people to access
their information from anywhere and at any time. 

Microsoft’s ‘Live Mesh’ program, which uses the
Internet as a data hub, synchronises files across
computers, phones and other devices so a digital
frame at home could show a picture minutes after it
was taken by a cell phone.

Screenshot of a ‘Live Mesh’ page under test
Initially the program will be limited to 10,000
US-based testers and computers running its Windows
operating system, but Microsoft said it plans to
Live Mesh over the next few months to mobile phones,
computers from Apple Inc and other devices connected
to the Internet.

The project is the brainchild of Ray Ozzie, who
replaced Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as chief
software architect, and underscores the company’s
balanced online strategy, which aims to capitalise on
the reach of the Internet without cannibalising its
cash cow software business.

Live Mesh embraces the industry trend toward “cloud
computing” in which information is centrally stored on
Web sites rather than on local devices, giving
users easy access from any computer.

The software will also let friends and colleagues
collaborate and share documents more easily. For
example, if a shared document is changed on a work
those changes will be instantly updated and available
on any device or computer that the user has registered
with Live Mesh.

Microsoft plans to release Live Mesh in a
widely-available test, or “beta” version before the
end of 2008.  

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