updated 09:25 am EDT, Thu October 30, 2008
MS Live Mesh to hit Macs
Microsoft is in the middle of developing a Mac port of its Live Mesh sync technology, the company has announced. The technology is similar in concept to Apple's MobileMe, but focuses on syncing files, instead of calendars and contacts, with a remote Microsoft cloud server; this is done simply by selecting "Add to My Mesh" from a right-click menu, which uploads a file to Live Desktop and pushes it to other linked devices. Files can be shared between Macs, PCs and Windows Mobile phones, but not with iPhones.
Although Mac users cannot port contact and calendar information directly into an app or website, as in the PC version, they are able to transport the files used behind the scenes. It is also noted that Live Mesh provides a free 5GB of storage, unlike MobileMe, which costs $99 per year.
No release date has been set, but the Live Mesh Mac software is currently in beta testing.