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Microsoft opens beta invitations for Live Mesh Mac

updated 10:15 pm EST, Wed November 5, 2008

Live Mesh beta invitations

Microsoft has announced the opening of additional invitations to participate in the beta testing and preview of its Live Mesh client for Mac. The technology takes advantage of the company's cloud computing architecture, using it to push sync information to devices, but by storing and routing the data through a Microsoft cloud server. Users can upload files, folders, and even certain applications to the mesh, with controls over private or public access.

The technology is still in its testing stages, and certain functions, such as porting contact and calendar information directly into apps or websites, are not initially available for Mac platforms. In contrast to similar sync services, Mircosoft offers 5GB of storage on the Live Mesh servers for free.




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  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    They can keep it

    Say NO to TRASH!

  1. sgirard

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Get Dropbox

    Don't get sucked into another Microsoft dead end. Get Dropbox-- it does the same thing as Live Mesh. http://getdropbox.com

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Good news...

    If it provides a decent competitor to .Mac. It might even prompt Apple to improve its lack-lustre offering.

    Then all we have to do is get Apple to open up OS X to other cloud services apart from .Mac. I'm sick of the .Mac lock-in.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: they can keep it

    Yes, because even though you know nothing about it, have never used it, you know its trash.

    Apparently they at least learned from the MobileMe fiasco and is doing this as a beta, rather than a "Let's switch everything over and pray it all works!" approach Apple used in the summer.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    oh shut up

    who cares if it's trash or not? they've produced enough of it that they NO LONGER get the benefit of the doubt. they've jumped on every band wagon and produced enough copycat trash that anyone with any sense will say no more.

    go buy a pc already and leave us. you're as predictable as rush limbaugh. and damn near as annoying.

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Credit where its due

    I applaud MS for including Mac owners -- for a change -- in their upcoming software plans. Good on them.

    As a satisfied, since-iTools-day-one MobileMe customer, however, I'm very unlikely to switch. But trolltudo is right in one respect: competition is good, and keeps Apple on their toes.

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