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    Windows Live Sync beta blends the best of Sync and Mesh

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    Please visit the Inside Windows Live blog to read this post. Thank you.

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    Mac Software, Snow Leopard Support Now Available

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    A new version of the Live Mesh Mac software is available that provides support for both Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6). Leopard users are not required to install this release.

     

    To upgrade to this new release, you will need to reinstall Live Mesh for Mac. To do so, please go to http://www.mesh.com, sign in with your Live ID, and download the Mac client software from the “Devices” page.

     

    Version number

    •         Live Mesh Mac: 0.9.4501.0

     

    Included in this update

    •         Mac – Repairs client use for OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)

     

    Feedback

     

    We appreciate your patience as we worked on this fix for you and thank you for using Live Mesh.  We’re working hard to create the best experience and appreciate any comments you have.  Please send your feedback on how Live Mesh can be improved, or send anonymous feedback in our forums here.  Also, if you have a moment, please rate Live Mesh.

     

    Thank you,

    The Live Mesh team

  • Live Mesh

    Live Mesh and Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) incompatibility

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    With the recent Apple announcement regarding the availability of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), we want Live Mesh Mac users to be aware the current Live Mesh Mac software is not compatible with the new OS X version (10.6).  We will continue to support Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) users. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

     

    As always, our thanks go out to all of our supporters and early adopters of Live Mesh!

  • Live Mesh

    Version Update for Windows (June 25, 2009)

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    Live Mesh for Windows 9.4014.7 has been released. It will automatically update. No action is required on your part. See the following sections for details, and thanks for using Live Mesh.

    Version number

    ·         Live Mesh Desktop: 0.9.4014.7

    ·         Live Mesh PC (x86 and AMD64): 0.9.4014.7

    Included in this update

    ·         PC – Fixes for display problems in the Resolve Conflicts dialog box on computers running Windows 7

    ·         PC – Improved performance in memory handling

    ·         Layout and link changes on www.mesh.com

    ·         Server-side fixes for improved performance and stability

    Feedback

    Thank you for using Live Mesh.  We’re working hard to create the best experience and appreciate any comments you have.  Please send your feedback on how Live Mesh can be improved, or send anonymous feedback here.  Also, if you have a moment, please rate Live Mesh.

    Thank you,
    The Live Mesh team

  • Live Mesh

    Version Update for Windows (May 11, 2009)

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    Live Mesh for Windows 0.9.4014.4 has been released.  No action is required on your part, Live Mesh will automatically update on its own.  This release contains numerous bug fixes. Please see below for details, and thank you for using Live Mesh. 

    Version Number

    ·         Live Mesh for Windows: 0.9.4014.4

    Fixes

    ·         Updated date/time stamp UI for news events

    ·         Added news events for permission level changes to folders

    ·         Fixed UI for folder permissions in Firefox 3.0, IE8, and Safari

    ·         Fixed general IE8 compatibility issues

    ·         Improved performance and functionality for large file uploads

    Feedback

    Thank you for using Live Mesh.  We’re working hard to create the best experience and appreciate any comments you have.  Please send your feedback on how Live Mesh can be improved, or send anonymous feedback here.  Also, if you have a moment, please rate Live Mesh.

     

    Thank you,
    The Live Mesh team

  • Live Mesh

    Service Update for Mac, Mobile, Live Desktop (April 27, 2009)

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    The Live Mesh team is pleased to announce that our next update to Live Mesh for Mac and Windows Mobile will be available later today is now available. We will also be updating have also updated the Live Desktop.  This release continues to tune performance and brings a few tweaks to the user experience, see details below. Our next update to the Windows software will be coming in the next few weeks.

    Features

    • The last location used in the folder synchronization dialog is now saved.
    • Live Mesh News will displays the date and time for all news events.

    Fixes

    • Improved the update experience 
    • Device status (online/offline) now properly displayed on the Live Desktop 
    • News now correctly displays the year. 

    Mesh for Mac and Live Desktop are 0.9.4014.3.  Mesh for Mobile is 0.9.4014.2

    Thank you for your continued support of Live Mesh!

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    Service Update (March 23, 2009)

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    The Live Mesh team is pleased to announce that our next update for Live Mesh for Windows is now available. This release contains numerous bug fixes, as well as a few new features. Please see below for details, and thank you for using Live Mesh.

    Features

    • Added option to hide the Live Mesh folder shortcuts on your desktop.
    • Live Mesh now remembers the last location used in the folder synchronization dialog.
    • Live Mesh News will now display the date (as well as time) for all news items, even older ones.
    • Curtain mode now properly supports multiple-monitor computers running Windows Vista.

    Fixes

    • Improved the update experience.
    • Fixed display driver issue when disabling curtain mode.
    • Optimized MOE CPU/memory use.
    • Fixes to Live Mesh Remote Desktop performance and rendering.
    • Device status (online/offline) now properly displayed on the Live Desktop, in the notifier, and in the Mesh bar.
    • News now correctly displays the year.
    • Fixed issue where Live Mesh Remote Desktop caused all Windows 7 windows to have black borders.

    For those of you keeping track, the new version number is:

    • Live Mesh for Windows: 0.9.3424.31

    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 being one of the first to use Live Mesh!

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  • Live Mesh

    Service Update (March 4, 2009)

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    The Live Mesh team is pleased to announce that our next update for Live Mesh for Mac will be available later today is now available. We will also be updating have also updated the Live Desktop. This release contains numerous bug fixes, as well as a few new features. Please see below for details, and thank you for using Live Mesh.

    Features

    • New Media Viewer on the Live Desktop.
    • Live Mesh News will now display the date (as well as time) for all news items, even older ones.

    Fixes

    • Improved the Live Desktop quota calculation.
    • Optimized MOE CPU/memory use.
    • Fixed Mac client startup errors that caused client to shut down shortly after launching.
    • Mac passwords containing extended characters now work properly.
    • Device status (online/offline) now properly displayed on the Live Desktop, in the notifier, and in the Mesh bar.
    • News now correctly displays the year.

    For those of you keeping track, the new version numbers are:

    • Live Mesh for Mac: 0.9.3821.962
    • Live Desktop: 0.9.3424.31

    Thank you for being one of the first to use Live Mesh!

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  • Live Mesh

    Help us improve Live Mesh!

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    The Live Mesh team is constantly seeking feedback from our customers to help improve Live Mesh. Today we do this primarily through our forums, our blog, and Microsoft Connect, but there are other, often more useful, ways to collect feedback about Live Mesh.

    Would you like to help improve the Live Mesh experience? Below are two ways that you can help.

    Complete a survey 

    We now have an online Customer Satisfaction Survey. Please take a few minutes to let us know how your Live Mesh experience has been.

    Enable anonymous data collection

    Live Mesh also has a tool that anonymously collects usage data on how the software is (or isn’t) working on customers’ devices. With this tool, we can monitor a variety of data points—such as the frequency of errors, typical network settings, and the reliability of sync—and then aggregate the results to get a picture of how Live Mesh is performing for customers who choose to participate. Learn more about this tool.

    This tool is disabled by default because it sends some data about your devices to Microsoft, but you can help us continue to improve Live Mesh by enabling the tool.

    To enable this tool, click the Live Mesh icon in the notification area of your Windows taskbar and click your user name. Then click Options, select the checkbox next to “Help us improve Live Mesh…,” and click OK.

    Thank you for being one of the first to use Live Mesh. We’re working hard to create the best experience possible, and your help is greatly appreciated!

    Thank you, 

    The Live Mesh Team

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  • Live Mesh

    Mac Software Hotfix (0.9.3712.831)

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    To all Live Mesh customers who have experienced crashes with the 0.9.3712.831 version of the Live Mesh for Mac software: A new version of the software that resolves this issue is now available.

    Please update or reinstall Live Mesh for Mac to receive the new version. If you continue to encounter problems, please let us know.

    Thank you,

    The Live Mesh Team.

     
  • Live Mesh

    Client Software Update (0.9.3424.14)

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    Now that we are out of our holiday blackout period for releases, we’re happy to announce that the next Live Mesh for Windows client update will (at long last!) be available later today is now available. Thank you for your patience, and please see below for the details. By default your Live Mesh software will automatically update itself within 24 hours of the new build being posted, but you can always right-click the Notifier icon in the system tray and choose to force an immediate update.

    Update: Doh!  We are embarrassed to say that the new version is going to be delayed just a little bit longer.  For your safety and enjoyment, the Live Mesh client verifies the SSL certificate of the update server before downloading new code.  It turns out that one of the other things we didn't get to do during the holiday blackout was update our SSL cert, which expired at end of 2008.  As soon as we can get the new valid cert up there, the update will be available.

    Update 2: For those of you who have recently received the error below while trying to update or install Live Mesh, the issue has now been resolved. Please try upgrading or installing Live Mesh again. If you continue to encounter problems, please visit our forums and let us know.

    "Live Mesh Service is unavailable. Please retry your installation later. [80072F78] The server returned an invalid or unrecognized response."

    Fixes

    • Conflict-handling improved for duplicate files and folders
    • Live Mesh no longer disables Aero in Windows 7
    • Continued improvements to P2P synchronization
    • Minor usability improvements

    This update will bring your Windows Live Mesh client up to version 0.9.3424.14

    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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  • Live Mesh

    Live Mesh Awarded Best Technology Innovation/Achievement Crunchie

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    Hi everyone, Angus Logan (senior tech product manager for Live Services) here. I’m in San Francisco at the 2008 Crunchie Awards and after ~ 350k votes were cast Ray Ozzie and David Treadwell accepted the award for Best Technology Innovation/Achievement on behalf of the Live Mesh team.

    DSC_0007The Crunchies are an annual competition co-hosted by GigaOm, VentureBeat, Silicon Alley Insider, and TechCrunch which culminates in an award the most compelling startup, internet and technology innovations.

    If you are a Live Mesh user, thanks for all of your feedback which helped us shape the experience and the underlying platform.

    If you aren’t a Live Mesh user – what are you waiting for? Try it out for Windows, Windows Mobile & Mac.

  • Live Mesh

    Best of 2008 -- we're nominated for a Crunchie!

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    We're delighted to have the TechCrunch gang nominate us for a 2008 Crunchie in the "Best Technology Innovation/Achievement" category.  You can vote for Live Mesh until end of day Monday, Jan 5th, here.

     

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  • Live Mesh

    Expanded Live Mesh for Mobile CTP

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    The recent service update to Live Mesh addresses many of the issues users reported since we opened the Mobile CTP on Oct 30.

    With the release of the updated Live Mesh for Mobile version 0.9.3424.9, we are expanding the CTP to more users. We are also lifting the country restrictions on access to the CTP – it is now open to all countries. [Access through a 3G network is recommended for a great experience.]

    Since there is limited room in the expanded CTP, hurry on to https://www.mesh.com/Web/Promo.aspx?pcode=Mob_FCFS1 to add your Windows Mobile 6.x phone to your mesh. [Clicking this link will grant access to your Live ID for adding a WM phone to the mesh and redirect you to the device ring, where you can click “+” to see how to “Use Live Mesh for mobile devices”.]

    If you already have the Live Mesh client on your WM6 phone, you should see an update notification the next time you login to Live Mesh from your phone. You can also navigate through Menu -> About -> Software Update, to install the latest client.

    Thank you for using Live Mesh, and sharing your feedback!

    The Live Mesh Team

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  • Live Mesh

    Service Update (December 8, 2008)

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    NOTICE: Unfortunately, the update mentioned below has been slightly delayed (see the Update below), and will not be available today. We will let everyone know later this week when the update is ready. In the meantime, consider this a preview of what's coming! [We do apologize for the delay, and thank you for your patience. We want to make sure that everyone has the best possible experience once the update is released, and we need a little more time to ensure that is the case.]

    UPDATE: In the world of services, we have blackout periods where no updates are allowed. This is to ensure stability during, e.g., the holiday season when use of a product goes up and the availability of employees to fix issues goes down. The Live Mesh team entered this blackout period before the final testing of our next Live Mesh client for Windows was completed. Thus, we're holding this update until after the holidays - look for more news in early January.

    While we updated the clients for Mobile and Mac last week, as well as the Live Desktop, those of you with Live Mesh on Windows computers had to wait a little for your update - but we're happy to say that it's coming later today! Thank you for your patience. See below for the details.

    Fixes

    • Conflict-handling improved for duplicate files and folders
    • Live Mesh no longer disables Aero in Windows 7
    • Continued improvements to P2P synchronization
    • Minor usability improvements

    This update will bring your Windows Live Mesh client up to version 0.9.3424.11

    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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    Service update (December 4, 2008)

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    We're pleased to announce that our next update will be available later today. This update affects the Live Desktop, Live Mesh for Mac, and Live Mesh for Mobile. We will release an update for the Live Mesh for Windows software next week. See below for details.

    Fixes:

    • Server-side performace and reliability enhancements
    • Minor usability improvements

    For those of you keeping track, the latest version numbers with this update are:

    • Live Mesh for Mac: 0.9.3602.818
    • Live Mesh for Mobile: 0.9.3424.9
    • Live Desktop: 0.9.3424.9

    As always, thank you for helping us test Live Mesh!

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    Developers, meet the Live Framework blog

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    We've been using this blog to share information about both Live Mesh the user experience, and what we formerly referred to as Live Mesh the developer platform.  With the news at PDC about Live Services and the Live Framework, it's time to re-focus this blog on just the platform experience of Live Mesh.  We'll continue to post news here about changes and updates to www.mesh.com and our client software for PC, Mac and Windows Mobile.

    We've created a new team blog, http://blogs.msdn.com/liveframework, as a home for our developer oriented content.  This is where we'll share more Behind Live Mesh content, tips and tricks for writing applications using the Live Framework, and other developer-centric news and information.  Earlier today, for example, we announced a new build of the Live Framework Developer Sandbox and SDK are available to developers in the Live Framework CTP.  We've also got a couple team members Tweeting away about Live Framework topics at http://twitter.com/liveframework .

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  • Live Mesh

    New Live Mesh videos up today

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    While you're waiting for the beta update to complete, The beta update is complete, but still: why not entertain yourself with the latest and greatest Live Mesh video content?  Posted fresh today:

    Ori Amiga's amazing Live MeshMobile (pronounced, Ori asks us to tell you, like 'BatMobile' :) demonstration:

     
    Ori Amiga: MeshMobile

    Noah Edelstein gives a tour of the new Mac client:


    First Look: Live Mesh Client for Mac

     

    If you're interested in more details on the Live Services and Live Framework that you can use to make your own applications interact with data and devices in the Mesh, Ori's PDC session is a must-watch: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/BB04/

     

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    Update on installation of Live Mesh for Mobile

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    Since rolling out the latest Live Mesh release this afternoon, a number of customers have reported trouble installing the Live Mesh for Mobile software. We have identified the problem and are currently working on a new build. We don’t yet have an estimated time of availability, but we will post updates here, on the blog, as we know more.

     

    In the meantime, please do not try to install the Live Mesh for Mobile software on your mobile phone because installation will fail in most cases.

     

    Thank you for your patience as we work to get this issue resolved quickly.

     

    The Live Mesh Team

  • Live Mesh

    Update on installation of Live Mesh for Mobile – FIXED!

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    Thank you for using the Live Mesh for Mobile client! For users who saw a failure to add their mobile phone to their mesh, we have deployed an updated build of Live Mesh for Mobile. You will need to download the Mobile Installer from http://m.mesh.com/install/wm6/LiveMesh.cab again.  Once you have the new installer on your phone, run it and the installed client will be upgraded to the new version. The new Mobile Live Mesh Client is version number 0.9.3424.6 (check this through Menu -> About). Now you can start Live Mesh, sign in, and you should be good to go.

     

    Currently Live Mesh for mobile devices is provided only on a limited basis in the US and UK. (UPDATE 2: Live Mesh for Mobile in the UK is currently full, in both the US and the UK. We know many of you are excited about trying Live Mesh with your mobile devices, so we'll be adding more spots very soon - stay tuned!) If you have a 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.

     

    Thank you for your patience.

     

    The Live Mesh Team

     

  • Live Mesh

    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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  • Live Mesh

    Live Framework from the architect's perspective

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    We just posted a great video on Channel 9 with Dharma Shukla, the architect of the Live Framework.  If you're wondering what the design goals were for Live Framework and how it's structured under the covers, check this out:


    Dharma Shukla: Inside Live Framework

     

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    Welcome to Beta

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    Hello,

     

    Abhay Parasnis here, General Manager for Live Mesh.  Today is a big day for Live Mesh, but before going into details, I want to thank all the existing users of our Live Mesh technology preview.  We REALLY appreciate the great suggestions and enthusiasm so many of you have provided.  Hopefully you have seen how your input has influenced the evolution of the offering.  Our announcement today should provide another example…

     

    We are delighted to announce that Live Mesh is going into open Beta over the course of this week and includes several new features (see below) that enhance the experience by giving users more control, increased reliability, and improved performance. With all the PDC news it’s also worth restating what exactly Live Mesh is.  Live Mesh is an experience that is natively integrated with the Live Services component of the Azure Services Platform – it makes the core functionality of Live Services available to end users.

     

    Our efforts with Live Mesh arise from the two dominant trends in the industry today where the web is more and more central to our digital lives, and where we are adopting a wider diversity of increasingly powerful devices.  As we take advantage of this new digital world, our experiences often become fractured and complex.  We create and accumulate massive amounts of data, and the information and applications we care about reside on different devices and are spread across the web.  We also interact with a broader array of people, struggling to stay connected with them and informed of the latest happenings.  Users want, and increasingly, demand a seamless “just works” computing experience that brings together their devices, their data, their applications, and the people they interact with.

     

    Live Mesh provides downloadable software for PC’s and a service on the Web that extends the Windows experience for seamless synchronization of files (photos, documents, etc) and apps, across devices, and enables easy sharing with people – concepts we focus on in our mantra of ‘data, devices, people, and applications’.

     

    Back in April when we did the initial tech preview release of Live Mesh we emphasized a vision for how the offering would bring together your world of devices – a starting point to deliver on the data, devices, and people aspects of our vision.  With this beta release we are making another significant step toward this goal.  In particular… with this Beta we are providing limited availability of our new Mac and Windows Mobile 6 clients – providing users with a wider range of devices that can participate in their mesh.  Later this week as the beta rolls out, access to the Mac client will be provided from the device ring experience at www.mesh.com.  Instructions for accessing the Windows Mobile client will be made available at this blog later in the week.

     

    When we did the initial tech preview release we also emphasized how the underlying platform would be made available to developers later in the year.  We delivered on this promise with the announcement today that the Live Framework – a uniform way for utilizing all the Live Services including the mesh platform technologies – is now available as a Community Technology Preview.  This CTP includes several applications we have built that are enhanced and run in the mesh.  With this developer release, we are starting to realize the “applications” portion of the Mesh vision. This means that in the near future our full ecosystem of developer partners will be able to enhance their applications with mesh technologies providing even more value to our Live Mesh users.  Also with our Live Services announcements, we are delivering in a bigger way against the people element by enabling developers to build applications that integrate with the more than 460 million Windows Live users.   To learn more about our Live Framework CTP, please check out www.azure.com.

     

    After this year, Live Mesh will be utilized in the next major release of Windows Live.  This is the first planned integration and ship vehicle for Live Mesh, and there will be others as we continue to deliver on our overall Software-plus-Services strategy.

     

    We hope you are as excited as we are about this milestone – thank you again for helping us evolve Live Mesh!

     

    Live Mesh New Features include…

    ·         Additional Live Mesh folder member roles have been enabled:  Creator, Owner, Contributor, and Reader

    ·         The option to drag and drop files to folders on Live Desktop

    ·         The option to sync Live Mesh folders P2P only, excluding your Live Desktop, can now be enabled from the local device

    ·         Improved Peer to Peer synchronization performance and reliability

    And many more…

     

    For more details on Live Services, check out David Treadwell's interview with Channel 9:


    David Treadwell: Inside Live Services

     

     

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    How does Live Mesh relate to Azure?

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    In his PDC keynote just now, Ray Ozzie announced the Azure Services Platform.  Here's the overview picture:

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    The Live Services box at left is home to the developer services and APIs that power the Live Mesh platform experience.  Think of it this way: Live Mesh is a platform experience that is natively integrated with the Live Services component of the Azure Services Platform – it makes the core functionality of Live Services available to users. 

    Much more detail on Live Services for developers to come tomorrow!

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    Live Services and Mesh at PDC

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    PDC opens tomorrow, and while we previously pointed out some of the key Mesh-related Live Services content, we've changed our titles and released information on a few more sessions.  So here's a refreshed list of ways to find us at PDC.  Keep in mind that a recording of each session should be at the URLs below within 24 hours after the session completes.  We'll also have some cool content coming on channel 9 and 10, we'll be posting links as that all comes online.

    Monday: we don't have any Mesh-related sessions on Monday, because we're saving some fun announcements for David Treadwell's keynote Tuesday morning.  You'll be able to find us for a chat in the Big Room, though -- look for the Live Services demo station just to your right as you walk in the main doors to the lounge/labs area, aka The Big Room (in the printed mini-guide, we're the area shaded dark red on the LACC Floor Plans page).  10 points and an invite to drinks with the Live Services team to anyone who can make us break and spill the beans before the keynote (and -100 points and booth cleanup duty to any team member who becomes a bean spiller ;)

    Tuesday: after the keynote ends, the Mesh fun begins!

    Wednesday:

    Thursday:

     

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