Jamie Thomson

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Mesh developer preview points toward future direction

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I have been lucky enough to get accepted onto the Mesh Development Tech Preview program. That is, a pre-beta version of Mesh that enables developers to experiment with building Mesh-enabled applications before the ability hits the mainstream. [If you’re interested in knowing more in particular about that then I’ve been blogging about it at http://blogs.conchango.com/jamiethomson/archive/tags/Live+Framework/default.aspx]

Today when messing around on the Tech Preview’s Live Desktop at https://developer.mesh-ctp.com/Web/Desktop.aspx something in the newsfeed caught my attention:

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See that message near the top of my newsfeed? “Welcome to Live Mesh”? The link doesn’t go anywhere particularly interesting but what is more significant is that, for the first time, Microsoft are showing me something in my newsfeed that wasn’t put there by me or anyone I’m sharing a folder with. This is a new capability of the Live Desktop and its not hard to envisage who might be putting information there in the future; I think what we may be witnessing here are the first seeds of Live Mesh monetization.

If Microsoft can put ads in front of us that is based on our activity within Live Mesh then they have a huge opportunity to push targeted ads in our direction as well:

Doing your shopping on Live Mesh? Bought a new pair of trousers have you? How about a new pair of shoes to go with it…oh and by the way, search for them on Kumo Live Search Cashback and we’ll give you some money off!

“Watch this space” as they say. I’ll certainly be keeping a close eye on it.

-Jamie

Windows Live Tags: clubhouse, story, mesh
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Written by Jamiet

November 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm

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