RWW reports that next week MS is due to make an announcement at the Web 2,0 Expo. Apparently most pundits think this will be announcement of the Launch of LiveMesh. So what is Live Mesh?

It is believed that LiveMesh will allow users to sync files across multiple devices both mobile, cloud based and fixed. LiveSide is running minute by minute updates of what LiveMesh actually turns out to be here.

It’s a very interesting space – in the last few days we’ve had coverage of SugarSync (review to come), Syncplicity, and now possible moves to upgrade Foldershare to provide similar functionalities.

Much of what I talk about in terms of the benefits of Office 2.0 suites, revolves around collaboration – the ability to siultneously work on documents in multiple locations. These offerings don’t really help with any of that.

But what about a different usage situation?

In my day to day consulting life, I don’t do any file collaboration (most of what I do is solo). I do however work in multiple locations, on multiple machines, from time to time without my own machine etc etc. So for me, all I really need is something that keep files synced between machines and a copy on a secure location in the clouds.

All these offerings would seem to do that, it just comes down to added features, cost and reliability.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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