Windows Live wave 4 clues
Avid Windows Live watchers like myself will no doubt have read Kip Kniskern’s blog post from earlier today Two new Windows Live services coming soon: Documents and Devices. Kip included some screenshots that just about confirm what I’ve suspected all along (read my post from January: Some thoughts about the convergence of Windows Live, Office Live and Mesh), that Windows Live, Office Live and Live Mesh are being combined into a single combined service.
I’ve been taking a closer look at the screenshots that Kip published and the one below caught my eye in particular:
Clearly “Devices” is meant to be a reincarnation of the same functionality that currently resides at http://www.mesh.com so its fair to assume that that site is going to disappear (that would explain why its hardly changed in the past 12 months). I wonder then if the brand name “Mesh” is going to disappear also – its a word that Ray Ozzie seems particularly keen on churning out in his infrequent speaking appearances but it seems that Mesh as a product and as a brand might well be going for good.
What is also intriguing to me is the following line that you can see in that screenshot:
Add your PC with Windows Live Sync which comes with Windows Live Essentials
That makes me think that the current Windows Live Sync and Mesh clients are to get merged into one and, again, the “Mesh” moniker will be dropped.
All of this makes complete sense of course. As cool and as useful as Mesh clearly is it has never progressed beyond a beta so it makes sense that its features get embroidered into an existing mature product suite with which there is a lot of overlap. I’m now more and more excited about the upcoming Windows Live Wave 4 – I can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it!