Since about mid 2008 most of the articles you’ve seen on this blog were created with the help of Microsoft Live Mesh. Often a screen capture grabbed, and dropped in a Live Mesh Folder, during the day would become the basis for a post written at home with the content being synced there via the Mesh. You could do this with a USB Key, I used Briefcase and it worked fine, but the web sync is certainly much slicker. The main feature I like about Mesh is your data is still local and not dependent on a connection to the cloud. It’s not that I don’t trust the cloud, I just don’t trust my connection.
There hasn’t been a great deal of change to Live Mesh since support was extended to OS/X and many have asked where it’s going. There has certainly been no evidence of Mesh appearing in Microsoft products to date yet it’s been public for over a year. It’s frustrating that Live Writer - Microsoft's offline blog editor - can’t use Mesh because you can’t choose where it saves drafts. Unless you have the same logon on all devices the Writer path will differ and different locations on different devices can not be synced to the same Mesh folder.
In this article Mary Jo Foley asks “When will Live Mesh Matter”? I’ve been using it for more than a year but wonder; if not at the core of Microsoft platforms like Windows, Office, Live and Windows Mobile (and iPhone/Android) will it ever matter? You’ve had more than a year, I’ve liked what I’ve seen, what next for Live Mesh?
This week, I asked some of the executives and teams participating in Microsoft’s consumer open-house showcase in New York about how and when they planned to start making use of Live Mesh. The stammers and blank stares said a lot to me…