It’s A Live (Mesh)!

A year ago I joined a team building a top secret project. Today we threw off our invisibility cloak and revealed ourselves as as Live Mesh. Come on over and browse around. Subscribe to our team blog, where I'll be posting from time to time. Then come back here, for two important reasons:

  1. We are hiring! Our Test team has immediate openings for great Macintosh, Web, Windows, and Web Services testers who code as well as they test. Contact me if you are interested.
  2. I have two Live Mesh invites to give away! Leave a comment describing the devious ways in which you'll test Live Mesh. I'll select two responses at random from all comments posted by Midnight PDT on 4 May 2008 and send their authors invites.

If you find a bug, please post it to our forums. I am focusing on our not-yet-released Mac client and so don't know much about anything else! <g/>

*** Want to work on Live Mesh? I need a tester! Interested? Let's talk: Michael dot J dot Hunter at microsoft dot com. Great testing and coding skills required.

Comments (11)

  1. phil kirkham says:

    I went to the Learn More page and got confused by this sentence "working together to give you anywhere access to the information you care about." – what is ‘anywhere access’ ?

    I think a page explaining a new product should use better English

  2. davidacoder says:

    Here, here, here! Pleaaaase šŸ™‚ If I am the lucky guy, please send an email to davidacoder at, but I would actually want to use a different Live ID (which I never give out because of spam fear), which I would let you know then.

  3. Congrats!  Looking forward to checking it out.

  4. Phil: Thanks for your feedback; I’ll pass it on. I view "anywhere access" as meaning all of your data is available to you all the time, regardless of where you are. It’s on your laptop, so you can access it when you’re offline. It’s on the Web, so you can access it from other people’s machines or your cell phone. Wherever you are, your information is there too.

  5. David: If you’re selected, I’ll send you an invite to the email address you provided. I won’t need to know the Live ID you’ll use to sign in.

  6. Max says:

    Hi micahel,

    Iā€™m a med student currently working on my thesis, the task of which is signifficantly hampered by the fact that my girlfriend is currently staying abroad… The visits to her and my family are currently involve some very *sophisticated* emailing-arround of papers and other stuff I need at the different places so live mesh could realy help me out of a tight spot there… šŸ˜‰

    best regards,


    wtmax [at] gmx [dot] de

  7. Ryan says:


    If you would happen to have any invites, I would love one, so I could begin to finnaly sync all of the computers and devices I use all over that cannot be connected via a network.  My email is    ryanerdmann(at)hotmail(dot)com  

    Thank you very much,


  8. Rob says:

    thanks for the invite!

    looking forward to testing your mac client, too!

  9. Robert Standefer says:

    I have a Sun workstation running Solaris, a Sun workstation running Linux, two Windows machines (XP and Vista), and two Macs (an iMac and PowerBook). I’d like to see if Live Mesh can do a better job of allowing me to share the data between all these computers without the complicated network setup and router configuration I’m currently plagued with. I’m rob at standefer dot com.

  10. Paula says:

    My personal opinion (I know others might not agree but being a woman in testing, I often tend to look at things with a different twist): Looks like an interesting product.  I have to admit however that I found the webpage an immediate turn-off.  It’s professional but in that very cold, minimal information type of Microsoft-generic-application website format.   I like a warmer, more human website even when it comes to technical topics.  My first thought about the little information I could find on the app was: okay looks like one of those apps that claim they can do anything but specifically what does it do?  I’d like to see some examples of how people can use it in a creative way.  It looks like one of those very open, flexible apps but people can become overwhelmed by too much choice – most people need some guidance & ideas to begin with and then they will begin to find new ways to use the app.  (Think Myspace:  Very limited, target app but "human face" in the "Tom" person and had enough room for customization so that even in 2008 it’s still globally way ahead of facebook for users.)  However I’m looking forward to seeing this app developed because it does fill a needed niche…just hope they succeed in getting other people excited about its possibilities.

  11. Paula: Thanks for the feedback! I’ll pass it on to the team responsible for that area.

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