Microsoft has announced probably its most ambitious web project so far – the Live Mesh. If Yahoo has not one upped Microsoft with the Yahoo Mash! Microsoft would have probably taken the name. Anyway, Microsoft’s Live Mesh aims to give us a web facility where we can synchronize our files from different devices, and later on eventually even the applications we used.
By reading those lines alone, you’d know that Microsoft Live Mesh is bound for failure, if not mediocrity (if there is such a term for being mediocre). It doesn’t require any hard thinking why Microsoft Live Mesh is bound for a mediocre success even before its public released. First, let look at what the Live Mesh hopes to bring to the web populace.
Live Mesh allows you to create your own virtual desktop online and lets you connect your PCs to it. Think of its as your ordinary synchronization method between PC and mobile phone, only this time, the desktop resides on virtually on the web and not on the PC. With the virtual desktop you can share files, photos, videos, music to your friends and family. Mesh would also allow you to control any connected device through the Virtual desktop. Fine, we know this all possible.
If you will look at it from a simple angle, those features seem feasible and easy to do. But then, we are talking here of different devices, synchronizing with each other via the web. Imagine how many platforms the virtual desktop would be handling at the same. That alone is a gargantuan task for any applications. Do you think the Live Mesh server would not crash faster than we can ever think of?
But anyway, from the idealistic point of view, Live Mesh could be the be all and end all of technological connectivity. And it would be interesting how the platform would perform once it goes public. As for right now, Live Mess is currently on beta stage, and you would need to wait for an invitation from Microsoft by registering at a certain site.
But if I were you, I would just wait for the public release of Live Mesh, instead of going through the process of registering at the Live Mesh beta server. The registration process just to ask for an invitation is tedious enough. Either Microsoft made it that way deliberately, or the Live Mesh crews are not familiar with ease-of-registration in current social web applications.
If you are a developer, go ahead and take the plunge, tell us about your experience once you’ve tried Live Mesh.