Live Mesh may emerge as Microsoft 'cloud' platform

Originally positioned as a Web-based service for synchronizing files and data folders across different devices, Microsoft's Live Mesh is poised to emerge as a cloud-based development environment at the company's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October. According to the agenda for the PDC, Microsoft plans to provide a clearer view into how developers can build APIs to leverage Live Mesh -- which the company is calling a "cloud services and client platform" -- to connect applications and services across various devices.

This is a slightly new positioning for Live Mesh, which Microsoft introduced in April as a folder-sharing and synchronization service. While the company introduced a developer component for the platform so that applications could be created for it, Live Mesh was mainly presented as a consumer service for helping people synchronize different file folders and other data across different devices by putting them on the "mesh."

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