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Service update: Beta and required client upgrade (0.9.3424.5)

Service update: Beta and required client upgrade (0.9.3424.5)

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Whooooo boy, today is a big day for Live Mesh.  We are about to begin rolling have finished rolling out an update which brings our service and PC software to beta with significant new features, and includes the first technology previews of the Mac and Windows Mobile clients.  Details below.  We blogged on Tuesday about how the combination of this platform experience beta, the additional devices, and the CTP of Live Services and the Live Framework are significant milestones on the path to bringing our software + services vision to life.

As we noted previously, users of the Technology Preview version will find that their clients must update to this latest version in order to continue participating in Live Mesh . We will update the blog here when the rollout of services is complete and the new client software is available. The new client software is now available! 

New features:

·         New devices supported.  We are delighted to release our client software for Mac OS X (10.5 or higher, Intel processesor) and Windows Mobile (6.0 and 6.1).  Because these are both significant new software investments for us, we’re going to only provide them on a limited basis for now (and mobile is restricted to only US or UK to start.)  If you get a message saying that we’re at full capacity for these clients, keep an eye on the blog here.  We’ll post updates as we increase availability over the coming months.

·         To get access to the Mac client, sign in to www.mesh.com, click Add Device, and then click the “Limited Mac Tech Preview now available” link underneath the Install button.  If we haven’t exceeded the limit for Mac clients, you’ll get a confirmation dialog, and then Mac will show up under the available list of devices when you choose Add Device from the ring.

·         To get access to the Windows Mobile 6.x client, click on one of the following links (US residents, UK residents).  Sign in with your LiveID, and you’ll be redirected to the device ring where you’ll see a link to “Use Live Mesh for mobile devices.”  Alternately, once you’ve signed in this way, the mobile client should be available for download by pointing your phone’s browser to http://m.mesh.com

·         Worldwide availability. We’ve removed the limits on what countries are able to sign up to use Live Mesh.  We previously had limitations in place so that we could complete our testing with various language and locale settings, and now that work is indeed complete (with the caveat of course that for now the mobile client, as mentioned above, is not actually available worldwide).

·         WAP access.  Some of you already discovered that browsing http://m.mesh.com from your WAP-enabled phone gives you a lightweight way to view Mesh content (and, on phones that support it, upload new files.)  We’re now making WAP an officially supported feature.

·         Folder roles/permissions. Members of a folder can now be assigned one of the following roles to control their access rights: creator, owner, contributor, and reader. Previously, the only permission level (aka “role”) you could set for a member was “owner,” which meant that all members had the same control over the contents of a folder (adding, changing, deleting) as you did. Now, you can assign specific permissions for each member in a Live Mesh folder. Want members to be able to read what’s in a folder, but not change any content? Make them readers. Want them to be able to add to the folder, but not invite other users? Make them contributors.

·         Automatic update is now available for the Live Mesh software.  This has been a common user request, and we’re taking a first step towards making it possible for your Mesh client software to update itself automatically, without you having to click on any links.  In this Beta release, automatic update works like magic if you chose not to install the extra enhancements that required administrator rights.  If you did install them, we still have to prompt you to update so that you can click through the UAC elevation prompt and give us permission to update administrative components.  We will continue to work on streamlining this process for you in future releases.

·         P2P sync can be managed from your computer. When we first enabled P2P sync, you had to go to the Live Desktop to change the sync settings for a folder so that it would no longer synchronize with your Live Desktop and eat up your 5 GB storage limit. We heard from many customers that this was not very intuitive (and we agree: it wasn’t). Now you can change this sync setting from the Live Mesh software on your computer, without having to visit the Live Desktop at all.

·         You can drag and drop files to folders on your Live Desktop. One of the most frequently requested features since we opened Live Mesh as a technology preview in April has been the ability to drag and drop files and folders to and from your Live Desktop. We’re extremely happy to be able to say: You can do this now! This makes the Live Desktop experience much more intuitive and even more aligned with Windows. Note that the drag-and-drop feature currently only works with a Windows PC and Internet Explorer 6 or later.

·         You can select multiple files for upload or download. In addition to drag-and-drop, you can now use SHIFT and CTRL to select multiple files/folders when uploading them to your Live Desktop.

·         Added new synchronization status indicators. If you’ve been using Live Mesh to sync a lot of data, you’ve probably found yourself wondering at some point how far along the synchronization process was. We’ve added an icon to the notification area of the taskbar and a progress bar so that you can tell at a glance how your folder sync is coming.

·         “Get started” feature added for new users. Quick tips on how to start using Live Mesh appear on the Live Desktop and when new users install the Live Mesh software. Great for friends and family you invite!

Additional improvements:

·         Improved peer-to-peer (P2P) reliability and performance. P2P synchronization is an integral part of how Live Mesh keeps your data current across all your devices. Most of the time, P2P sync happens in the background without you having to worry about it. When Live Mesh tries to update a file on one of your devices, it will leverage whatever connections it can, sometimes pulling from your Live Desktop (the “cloud”), other times pulling from your other devices. You can also choose to have some folders only sync P2P by choosing to never synchronize those folders with your Live Desktop. We have made numerous improvements to P2P sync with this release of Live Mesh. We’re now regularly testing synchronization of folders as large as 60GB, and we’ve also had success synching a single file as large as 20GB.   

·         Hidden remote screen is now the default for Live Mesh Remote Desktop. We heard feedback from many customers that they’d like to see this feature turned on by default to help ensure the privacy of their remote desktop feature.

·         Improved conflict resolution. The user interface (UI) for resolving conflicts has been updated to be easier to use. You’ll also now see the same conflict resolution UI between the Live Mesh software on your device and the Live Desktop on the web. And, when resolving a conflict, you’ll be able to choose keep either version of a file or all versions.

·         The Live Mesh bar appears minimized by default, and remembers its previous state. When you create a new Live Mesh folder, the mesh bar (appears when you open a Live Mesh folder) will now appear minimized by default. The mesh bar will also remember the last state it was in (minimized or maximized) for each Live Mesh folder, and show that state the next time you open the folder.

·         Better support for large display configurations using Live Mesh Remote Desktop. We’ve added a new “superpan” feature to improve support for large desktop display configurations (e.g., high-resolution displays or multiple monitors).

·         Added support for two-factor authentication for Live Mesh Remote Desktop. Enterprise customers can now require two-factor authentication (both domain password and smartcard) for Live Mesh Remote Desktop on networks, or choose to disable the Live Mesh Remote Desktop functionality altogether. (Update: the ability to disable the Live Mesh Remote Desktop functionality was going to be part of this update, but wasn't quite ready.  We apologize for the confusion.)

·         Install Live Mesh with roaming profiles.  The Live Mesh client now supports installing to a user account with roaming profiles.  Previously users may have noticed an inability to sync or remotely access devices that use roaming profiles.

Windows Vista User Account Control (UAC) reminder

While we no longer require that UAC be turned on when running Live Mesh on Vista SP1, if you initially installed Live Mesh with UAC turned on, and then turned it off, you might have some issues upgrading. Please see “NOTICE: Updating Live Mesh and User Account Control (UAC)” in the Known Issues sticky on the Live Mesh forums for further information.

Thank you for helping us test Live Mesh!

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  • I didn't see it mentioned, but is syncing of network (mapped) drives available in this revision?  That's the only feature that would make me want to try Live Mesh again.

  • unable to connect to mac technical preview. clicking on Add Device brings up "The Live Mesh extender is not currently supported on this device."

    I am on OS 10.5.5


  • I might have missed something but my WM6 PDA won't download files from my Mesh, though it will upload. It works fine PC to PC.

    Also, why can't I access the forums from my PDA? After all, I'm using Pocket Internet Explorer; surely it's not unusual? The site is unreadable, as is most of the MS site.

  • I might have missed something but my WM6 PDA won't download files from my Mesh, though it will upload. It works fine PC to PC.

    Also, why can't I access the forums from my PDA? After all, I'm using Pocket Internet Explorer; surely it's not unusual? The site is unreadable, as is most of the MS site.

  • Anyone else having trouble accessing the website on safari? Firefox works fine.

  • My Mesh doesn't work anymore with this release. =(

    After the update, every time Windows (or Mesh) starts, it crashes. After that, Live Mesh says that it "failed to start". Then when restart is clicked it starts all over again.

    Tried to reinstall the old version but it looks like it's not possible.

    Any solution? (Win x64).

  • Hi all,

    I have problem with live mesh client for PC!

    "Live Mesh is currently starting..." but never happen! :-(

  • After the update, Mesh won't start any more.

    First, Windows says it has crashed. After that, the tray icon just says "Live Mesh is currently starting..." Then, after a wile, it says it failed to start.

    Also, I can't see the Windows Service anymore.


  • This really a great product, congratulations.

    When will possible to sync my outlook pst file across my devices?

  • Hi

    I have been using mesh since the very beginning of the Tech Preview, and was eagerly looking forward to the update.

    But the update did not allow me to log into the Live Mesh Beta site and gave the error "Sorry, we were unable to create your Live Mesh account. Please try again." continuously for more than a couple of days. The website fails to load in Safari with an endless loop between 'Continue' and 'Sign In'.

    Finally with firefox on my Mac, I was able to get access to Mesh today, but it does not allow me to download a client for my account. If I already had a preview account, why can I not extend my account to my Mac.



  • Ever since I put the Live client on my iMac at work on Friday, my Vista x64 machine at home will not stop upoading files. It's been doing this for three days now and I've even shut down my Mesh agents on all of my other machines. Why would it keep doing that? It's almost like it's not picking up the correct synch information.

  • I would love to get Access to the "Tech Preview" of live mesh, Mac.  We are in a mixed Mac/PC environment, and have used Groove on the PC side, but think this will do a similar thing on the Mac/pc side.  Unfortunately, all of the "test" licenses went very fast. I thought I'd signed up to be notified, but evidently something went wrong.

    I'd appreciate it.  I will be attempting to use this in Firefox, which I understand may present it's own interesting issues.

    I've done beta for MS before, such as Vista SP1.

    Thank you,


  • More available space please:

    "Sorry, the Live Mesh Tech Preview is currently out of invitations. Please check back soon.

    (Code: a1b2ea74-8665, 11/3/2008 5:06 PM)"

  • My Live Mesh desktop is failing to update the latest software and also it cannot sync now. I have no clue how to proceed to get my device to sync ... and i am not using any mobile device at all. So, what else can i try

  • Just downloaded LM 0.9.3424.786 client for Mac, but it's not letting me sign on. Error 409. Any fix for this??

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