Monday, June 09, 2008

Live Mesh in the Flesh

So after posting this a few weeks ago (check out the comments, lots of discussions and links there - you should also check out this YouTube video also ), I've been waiting with baited breath for LiveMesh to be released to general public.

So i was playing with microsoft live toolbar this weekend (form fill has disappeared again), and noticed LiveMesh was an option on the Live toolbar.

Woot, didn't even realise they were giving access yet.

So far it's a little disappointing, only computer file synchronisation (come on Ray you had that with Groove back in 1998) but the promise of mobile synchronisation is tantalisingly promised with the 'mobile icon' already in the devices list.

Some neat add-ons in that you are supposed to be able to log into 'mesh' from any browser and access the devices desktop (will be interesting to see how that works for mobile - could be an interesting competitor to Dashwire )

A couple of beta negatives that I noticed straight away;

1/ you can only sync files - not entire folders
2/ You have to upload files 1 x 1, eg you cant 'select' 4 or 5 at a time to upload (very tedious).
3/ The naming space for files is limited.....very disappointing in that some of the name is often left off.

Like I said, if this does what it's supposed to do eg. syncing live favourites between multiple machines, syncing outlook preferences and spam/block lists between machines, syncing desktops and wall papers etc between machines then it could be the best thing since sliced bread.

At the moment, its barely a 2 out of 5 on the geek meter.


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