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Microsoft & the Big Sync



In the bowels of the great Microsoft machine a team has been working on something that may or may not be called “Mesh,” something that Microsoft chief architect Ray Ozzie hintingly described the other day during his keynote at Mix ’08 as a “kind of universal file synch” with the web as its hub.

Ozzie, who’s been obsessed with syncing up through Lotus Notes and the Groove start-up he sold to Microsoft, spoke of “centralized configuration and personalization and remote control of all your devices from just about anywhere….unified data management, the transparent synchronization of files, folders, documents and media….the bi-directional synchronization of arbitrary feeds of all kinds across your devices and the web, a kind of universal file synch.”

“Just imagine the possibilities,” he said, “of unified application management across the device mesh, centralized, web-based deployment of device-based applications. Imagine an app platform that’s cognizant of all your devices.”

Then he suggested that an early preview of such widgetry would be available “before you know it.”

Sounds like a reprise of the old Java “write once, run anywhere,” doesn’t it? And users should only have to license content once to run it on multiple devices. But Ozzie said apps would have to be “refactored.” To the form factor?

According to TechCrunch Microsoft owns mesh.com.


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