Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Microsoft Unveils Live Mesh Software-plus-Services Platform

Microsoft unveiled a beta version of its "Live Mesh" software-plus-services platform aimed at making PCs and other devices to "come alive" by making them aware of each other through the Internet. The Live Mesh platform uses a common API to expose a number of core services, including Microsoft Live services like Storage (online and offline), Membership, Sync, Peer-to-Peer Communication and Newsfeed.

Microsoft envisions several key roles for "Live Mesh", such as:

  • "Unified Device Management" - enabling your devices to report into a common service, for status, for health, or to report their location.

  • "Unified Data Management"- or the transparent synchronization of files, folders, documents & media, the bi-directional synchronization of arbitrary feeds, of all kinds, across your devices and the web.

  • "Unified Application Management" - for centralized web-based deployment of apps across the devices you own.

  • "Centralized Management" - where you could configure and personalize your devices and remote control into them from just about anywhere.