Windows Live Mesh, Microsoft's new S+S (software plus services) platform for data synchronization has received a lot of attention this month. First, it opened up its private beta to all of the U.S. (and others who were willing to edit their regional settings), next they released their mobile version, and then the Mac version was unearthed by LiveSide. However, after LiveSide published their blog post, Microsoft took down the link to the Mac version that they had uncovered. But today, the Mac version has been officially released.
Mesh For Mac ArrivesImportant!! See updates at bottom of this post!
An early look at Live Mesh for Mac
The Live Mesh puts you at the center of your digital world by connecting your devices over the internet - and now, you can add your Mac to your Live Mesh! It's never been easier to synchronize all your important Microsoft Office documents, media files, and pictures between your computers or between friends.
Since the launch of Live Mesh, many people have been asking for a Live Mesh extender for the Mac and while it's still under development, here is an early preview of our Mac extender. With the Live Mesh Mac extender, you can
- Add your Mac to your Live Mesh - it will appear with your other devices on www.mesh.com and throughout the Live Mesh UI.
- Synchronize files between your Mac, your other computers, and your Live Desktop.
- Synchronize folder contents between your Mac and other folder members.
- Easily access Live Mesh news, your Live Desktop, and manage your devices from the Live Mesh menu bar item.
- Receive notifications through Live Mesh when updates are available and easily update the Live Mesh extender for Mac.
A word of caution!
Please keep in mind that the Live Mesh extender for Mac is still under development, and due to overwhelming enthusiasm, we're making it available earlier than usual. Like many software projects, we started our Mac development efforts with the basic technology and scenarios. We started by making our synchronization engine and operating environment work on the Mac and starting to sync file between computers and members.
Over the next few months, we'll be working on updating the user experience and improving the Live Mesh experience and functionality, performance, and stability on the Mac. As such, please use at your own risk and remember to send us feedback.
What It Looks Like
The Mac version running on OS X, integrates Mesh into the Finder, with a Mesh sidebar next to the folder view. Like in the Windows version, you can share Meshified items with other users from this bar.Also like the Windows version, you can customize the settings to specify which items are synchronized with which devices. Here's what Mesh on Mac looks like:
Update: One user reported that after installation, the client asked for an update which errored out. Temporary glitch? Getting bombarded? Let us know if you experience the same problem.
Update #2: And....it's gone...guess this wasn't official after all. And still we wait.