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Microsoft shows that its Mesh concept is alive and well

It may well be the boldest bet Steve Ballmer, as Microsoft's CEO, has taken in the last few years together with Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie.

The world's biggest software company is to launch a program called "Live Mesh" which aims at making of seamless computing, an everyday occurrence.

10,000 US Testers and computers running Microsoft Operating systems will be included in the program with a full rollout expected within a few months.

The Live Mesh program will use the internet as a virtual storage device to shuttle data across various devices with minimal user intervention.

Included in the package is a 5GB web-based storage pool, a live desktop and possibly Firefox and Apple Mac support (but no Linux).

Numerous posters online have reported that Live Mesh could well be the equivalent of having Windows OS online.

In fact, there's even a "Mesh Operating System" feature that allows websites to be taken offline and run à la Google Gears.

On the official Live Mesh Blog, (opens in new tab) Amit Mital, the General Manager of the team behind it, believes that what Live Mesh promotes is the idea of a Unified environment; the goal being to get devices working together, data and apps working together and available anywhere, seamless collaboration and of course updated and synchronised info.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.