At 9PM tonight Microsoft went public with Live Mesh – something that Ray Ozzie alluded to at the MIX conference and that the digerati have been waiting for ever since. It’s difficult to explain the value proposition that Live Mesh solves for right now, but it’s the beginning of a Web Operating System. Fundamentally it’s the concept that I as a customer should spend less time uploading files to shares and emailing them around and syncing across devices and that this should all just be seamless. That “linking, sharing, ranking, & syncing should be as familiar as File, Edit, & Print,” as Ray Ozzie suggests. Imagine an open platform that uses RSS so that an Xbox and a Windows Mobile Phone and a Vista PC and an online SkyDrive and a Mac and a 3rd party site like Twitter are all syncing and linking together. Or imagine you can use these same pipes to allow Office to communicate with SkYDrive or Twitter. That’s the vision.
It’s currently the number one blog topic across the web according to TechMeme http://www.techmeme.com/080423/p2#a080423p2
Here’s a demo video on Channel 10 – a MS video blog site that shows what Live Mesh can currently do: http://on10.net/blogs/nic/Hands-on-with-Live-Mesh/
Here are some blog entries:
Mary Jo Foley http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1355
This isn’t going to affect institutional customers today, but they’ll definitely be hearing about it. Microsoft is doing a technology preview right now, which means its sorta still in private beta and is is initially a consumer play. But there is a lot of potential for this platform to also enable business scenarios. I can easily see CRM applications where you are emailng, textng, and twittering with customers and all of this data is synced to form one activity-stream for each customer-relationship across every way in which you’re interacting with them. will increasingly be useful to business as well. In terms of winning hearts & minds and demonstrating real innovation this is ab big win.
Scoble points out that whereas Google Gears is Google’s attempt to make themselves relevant offline, Live Mesh is part of Microsoft’s strategy to make their desktop & device presence relevant on the web.
Here’s the video of Channel 10 for your viewing pleasure: