Service update: new build coming today (0.9.3103.9)

We are pleased to announce the release of our next update, which will be is now available later today. We’re making Live Mesh available to even more people, and removing the limit on the number of invites that you have. We’ve also greatly streamlined the sign-up process. And of course we’ve made a number of general performance improvements as well. There are more details below. By default your Live Mesh client 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.

What's new

  • More capacity: We’ve again raised the limit on the total number of customers we’ll allow to access the Live Mesh Tech Preview. Get ‘em while they’re hot!

  • Expanded availability: If your country/region is the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand you can sign up for Live Mesh directly, with no waiting list, by visiting We’re limiting the Tech Preview to these countries/regions for now because we want to make sure that all customers have a great experience with Live Mesh, and we’re still in the process of testing the experience for other countries/regions.

  • More invites: There is no longer any limit on the number of invitations that Live Mesh customers have for inviting others to the Tech Preview. Invite as many people as you like! (as long as they're in one of the countries/regions mentioned above, of course.)

  • Simplified waiting list: Though we’re not quite ready to accept customers into the Tech Preview from countries/regions other than the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, we have greatly simplified the waiting list process for everyone else. You no longer need to sign up through Microsoft Connect. Instead, simply sign in with your Live ID on, click Sign Up, and you’ll automatically be notified once Live Mesh is available in your country/region.

  • Performance tuning: We’ve continued making a number of back-end performance enhancements, including tuning the P2P synchronization channel.

Windows Vista User Account Control (UAC) reminder

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

As always, we are continuing to improve Live Mesh with all the great feedback we’ve been receiving from our customers. Keep it coming!

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Comments (31)
  1. Finnius says:

    I noticed that while the desktop reads version 0.9.3103.9….the main menu (bottom right of computer) still reads 0.9.3103.2

    also, just wondering if/when the max limit of 5 gigs will be upgraded or enhanced…

  2. First Impressions –  Windows Live Mesh (Tech Preview)

    I like a good UI, and the folks working on Mesh have done a very good job of raising the bar for web apps.  This is still in tech preview, so there are some little pre-load things going on that you see, and it’s a little slow, but it’s looking really sharp.


  3. Mark says:

    When will The Mesh be available on the MAC?

  4. When can we delete the note histories?  

    Some of us are starting to use live mesh very extensively and as a result are finding that the new section keeps growing and growing out of control.  Is there a way to archive or filter or delete the new items.


  5. Paul says:

    Hi guys. I have to ask: Why the heck isn’t this available in Canada?? You’ve opened it up to other major English-speaking countries. Why not Canada? It’s a little frustrating to share a border with you guys and yet be shut out of something like this, while people on the other side of the planet are being invited in.

  6. Andrew says:

    I tried to sign up today and the page said its not available in my country (Australia).  What gives?

    According to your post I shouldn’t have to wait?

  7. Martin Dolphin says:

    Any idea when the Mac client is coming?

  8. MSDN Archive says:

    @ Finnius

    We’ve received a lot of requests to increase the cloud storage limit.  I’ve added your vote for this to our internal list of requests – though I’m afraid I’m not able to say at this time if or when the limit might be increased.

  9. MSDN Archive says:

    @ Mac client requests

    We’re working hard to make the Mac client ready for customers to use and test.  We’ll release it as soon as we’re sure it will provide our customers the best possible Live Mesh experience.  We appreciate your enthusiasm, and thank you for your patience.

  10. MSDN Archive says:

    @ Matthew Christopher,

    This is a great suggestion, and not surprisingly, as more and more people have used Live Mesh for longer and longer periods of time, this is a request that we’ve been seeing increasingly often.  I’ve added your vote for this feature to our internal list of suggestions.  🙂

  11. Steve Weber says:

    I just sent an invitation today to one of our folks to join my mesh.  She was previously on the waiting list and when she tried to sign up today…it still tells her that she’s on the waiting list.

    What up?

  12. mhale says:

    Is there any way that Live Mesh developers can create a guide for home network users to streamline their NAT/Router/Network settings to make Live Mesh more consistently establish P2P connections between nodes on the same LAN?

    I’ve been getting LAN throughput with the new build, but only in intermittent bursts.  Things will accelerate to reasonable speeds only to back down to Cloud-Cloud transfer speeds over the shared internet connection.  Anybody else experiencing the same phenomenon?

    Keep up the great work.  The potential for this is sky-high and I look forward to seeing this technology develop.  Thanks for the opportunity to test it at the developmental stages.

  13. lewis says:

    in the UK, I still can’t get in to the preview, is something wrong, i can’t seem to sign up, says i have to wait for a spot? I have even got an invite from a friend?!

    i thought there was infinite space?

  14. Moid Alam says:

    Can we extend  Live Mesh to sharing processing power (and not just folders), and in return give incentives to partcipants for more personal cloud space/email account size/etc.

    On that Grid Mesh of processing power, we can lease some portion to 3rd parties. Or have just the Mesh Environment create a platform for sharing proessing power and let 3rd parties decide business model on top of it?

  15. MSDN Archive says:

    @ Anyone Having Sign-Up Problems

    Please make sure that your Live ID profile is filled out completely, including your Country/Region.  If you’re still having problems signing up for the Live Mesh Tech Preview, please visit our forums:

  16. Ben says:

    Just wanted to say I love Live Mesh and please please continue it. This is what I have been waiting for for so long!!

    I made a quick post about it,

    If you finish this and make it sweet I will have your baby 🙂

    keep up the great work guys!

    thanks, Ben

  17. MSDN Archive says:

    @ mhale

    I’m afraid there are no tricks in the router/NAT configuration that will help for now.  We’re still working on making our P2P system more intelligent.  Today, it isn’t able to consistently understand which machines are close/fast (your local LAN) vs. which are far/slow (on other networks or in the cloud).  We’re working hard to improve this, though, so stay tuned.

  18. mhale says:

    @ jsbenjamin

    Thanks for the reply.  I figured that this was the case, especially since I’m actually getting LAN throughput some of the time, but I wanted to know if there is anything that can be done on the LAN to facilitate faster transfers.

    I imagine that the cloud model actually has the potential to be quite efficient; allowing for conflict management in the cloud allows network nodes to simply concentrate all resources on file transfers, right?

  19. gregorys says:

    Will there be support for synchronization without internet connection? Through ActiveSync for example.

  20. Mark says:

    Any news on the mobile client front? This is what I really am looking for so I don’t have to teather my PDA phone….

  21. MSDN Archive says:

    @ gregorys

    This is a great idea, and something that we’ve thought about.  Unfortunately we don’t have anything concrete to say at the moment, but we’ll add your vote for this feature to our internal list of suggestions.  Thanks!

  22. Don says:

    Is there likely to be any ‘virtual’ applications running within the desktop area of Live Mesh?  – like email (could even use live mail UI), calendar, tasks, Office Doc viewer etc etc  – especially since you already have the technology with live workspace, mail, etc. or are the dev apps only likely to be external with sync to mesh capabilities?

    Also I would like to see mesh integrating feeds from other sites (I’ve read about this, but don’t see any signs of it yet),  a place to store notes – like onenote and clippings from the net, livechat with others who are in your mesh or possibly extending it to anyone on your messenger list, even a virtual browser – similar to how greenborder works from Google – helping to keep your PC  safe from unsafe sites),

    What about security?  with this data traveling over the net – how secure is it all really? for instance if i setup a virtual folder on mesh which was in sync with all my systems, then stored my roboform datafile within this virtual folder and set all my pcs to open roboform from this virtual folder, is there any risk to that?

  23. Don says:

    MESH Vs Me

    Why can’t we sync our outlook data?! Is it not possible to synchronize .pst files? there is a lot of potential with that.  I could set up a new outlook .pst datafile, and create subfolders for notes, contacts, tasks, calendar, and have that datafile stored in a sync’d folder, synchronizing with all my systems – and have a separate datafile for email as email can be configured to be received on each computer (and stored on the server until deleted), I can then choose to share this datafile with others through mesh, essentially creating a mini-exchange mailbox (you can go even further with it but I’m just talking about it in its simplest form).  – ideally though, there should be an outlook add-on for mesh which simplifies this setup and implementation, sharing etc within outlook (but i bet you guys have something up your sleeve in that department right?) i’m talking something along the lines of mobileme. i really hope you guys are working on something with mesh that competes with this.

    Favourites Sync & Sharing – I can also create a folder and have all my favorites stored within it, and sync that up no problem between my computer systems and internet explorer – this is cool.

    I think it would just also be great to sync outlook data.  so why not? is this a feature you are holding out for a paid for version for business or does it conflict with Exchange too much? Home users can already share contacts and calendars using live mail desktop and calendar and there is some good competition now from MobileMe

    also, could you tell us what are the file extensions that are not allowed with Mesh?

    Do you think that there won’t be any new features added to mesh until PDC in October? I know you guys are going to really want to showcase it then, and I’m sure Ray will have a big announcement or two about it.

  24. Mark says:

    x64. When will there be support ? =)

  25. MSDN Archive says:

    @ Don,

    Thanks for the questions.  We’ll have a lot more to say about platform and integration points for applications and services at PDC (see for a preview of the sessions), so stay tuned.  As to your security questions, you may wish to read our blog entry on security:

  26. MSDN Archive says:

    @ Don,

    The ability to sync .pst files has been a popular customer request, and we’re definitely listening to all the great feedback we’re getting from Live Mesh users – we’ve already done a number of regular updates that incorporated customer requests.  I’ve added your vote for integration with Outlook to our internal list of suggestions.

    To explain, though: the basic reason that we do not currently sync .pst files is that when Outlook is open it is constantly writing to the file, which can cause a number of conflicts and problems.  Our platform experience is meant to be a horizontal "shell" for the Mesh (you might want to take a look at this post:, so we haven’t done a lot of work on integration with particular applications.  We do appreciate the suggestion, though, and we are listening.  This suggestion might also be a good one to send to the Outlook team (

    For a list of all the file types that Live Mesh blocks, please see our help pages:

    And keep in mind, this is only a Tech Preview – there is a lot more to come (e.g., see our PDC site linked in my response to your earlier comment).

    Thanks for all the great questions!

  27. Amit Mital just announced at (and the Live Mesh blog ) we are expanding the technical preview

  28. Amit Mital just announced at (and the Live Mesh blog ) we are expanding the technical preview

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