Microsoft announces 5 million connected Live Mesh devices

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Dharmesh Mehta, the director of Windows Live Product Management, has announced that Windows Live Mesh has reached the 5 millionth connected device milestone.

He notes the service now has over 3 million users and have synced 2.2 petabytes to the cloud.

Live Mesh has had a chequered history, being one of the first cloud syncing P2P solutions, but being hampered by low online storage and lack of multi-platform clients, particularly mobile. The original ambition saw the service being widely available not just on PC’s, but also printers and picture frames and mobile devices. This ambition has never come to fruition however.

The service was folded into the Live Sync umbrella but never properly integrated, and support for Windows Mobile was discontinued last year, and of course the service has no role in Windows phone 7 at all.

At present Live Mesh is being overshadowed by Dropbox, while offering much of the same features. It is certainly good to hear that it is still seeing adoption, but it could have been so much more, and we hope Microsoft will at some point integrate the service properly in its offering and bring back some of the vision originally displayed when it was announced some years ago.

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