Live Mesh Connects Folders and Desktops Across Windows PCs

July 17, 2008 – 7:05 AM

Live Mesh

Windows only (for the moment): Microsoft has thrown open the doors to a “tech preview” of its Live Mesh service, a kind of web-boosted version of Lifehacker favorite folder-syncing tool FolderShare, with a bit of remote desktop connection thrown in. Signing up with a Windows Live ID gets you 5 GB of space to store folders you want to keep in sync, either from computer to computer, or with the Live Mesh desktop itself. I explored the Live Mesh space this morning and took a few screenshots, so let’s take a look at what you can do.

Once you’ve signed up at, you’ll arrive at the orbiting-devices-type screen seen above. If you’re not just using Live Mesh as a Windows-only webtop, you’ll want to set up synchronization with your computer. Click over to the big “+” symbol, choose between 32- and 64-bit downloads, then hit “Install” to download the small installation file.


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