Jamie Thomson

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Will Mesh become my web touchpoint?

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I read with interest Tim Anderson’s piece entitled MobileMe steals Live Mesh thunder. There was a couple of inaccuracies but it was generally a good article.
Here are 2 choices quote from the article that largely sums up Tim’s point:

"Now, Live Mesh is great for file synch, but how do I synch email with it? Where is the Live Mesh calendar? Ah no, for that you need Live Mail."

"An it-just-works solution to PIM synchronization across all devices and on the web will be a winner."

Apart from the fact that Live Mail doesn’t contain a calendar I wholeheartedly agree.

Microsoft released some good and some not so good products and services as part of Windows Live waves 1 and 2; by and large I’m a fan as you’ve probably noticed if you read this blog regularly. Therein though lies the rub; Windows Live is a suite of disparate offerings such as Spaces, Hotmail, Messenger, Live Mail, Calendar, Messenger and Photo Gallery. When I use these things I never get the impression that I am accessing one seamless Windows Live experience. http://home.live.com is a commendable attempt to alleviate some of this disparity but we still have a situation where on the PC my photos reside in Live Photo Gallery, email resides in Live Mail, instant messaging resides in Live Messenger, my calendar resides in errrr… nowhere. This isn’t the seamless experience that we thought we were going to get.

My hope is that Live Mesh ushers in a new era of cohesion for Windows Live products and other services besides. You want to read your email? Go to Mesh. You want to communicate with your friends in real-time? Go to Mesh. Want to Twitter? Go to Mesh. Want to see your bank balance? Go to Mesh. Want to see an up to date electricity bill? Go to Mesh.

If all of these personal services become accessible in one single place using one single login then that makes my life much easier. I hope that place is http://www.mesh.com.



Written by Jamiet

July 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Posted in Live Mesh

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  1. I think what the author misses out on is that Mesh is a work in progress — and its just a tiny, tiny piece of the cloud infrastructure that Microsoft is building.  Mesh is a service on top of which platforms will be developed.  Right now we are only seeing one small piece of it — the file synch and share — and I can already tell you that I’ve stopped carrying around USB sticks that can get lost with sensitive data on them.
    Right now the whole cloud computing thing is just taking off — on the horizon we are going to see major breakthroughts in how we work thanks to it.


    July 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm

  2. Spot on Robert, I couldn’t agree more.
    I too gave up on USB sticks once Mesh came along. I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t have to install individual apps on my machine as well – I just install Mesh and everythnig runs on that.


    July 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm

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