Microsoft started a limited beta test for it's new Live Mesh service at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this week. PC World published a first review today, and may other outlets reported about Live Mesh as well. Live Mesh will essentially offer file synchronization and sharing services across different devices.

One aspect that I find intriguing is the road that led to Live Mesh. The service is based in part on Windows Live Foldershare, which is a direct heir of Audiogalaxy.

Just a quick historical note for the kids out there: Audiogalaxy used to be a great music swapping service that made Napster look pale in comparison, but it got sued out of existence by the RIAA in the summer of 2002. Audiogalaxy's founders used a lot of its features when they started Foldershare in 2002, which for obvious reasons didn't offer any global music search and indexing but instead concentrated on personal sharing and file synchronization.

Live Mesh could be really interesting for Microsoft because it could help the company to beat Google in an area that is growing in importance. Not only are we still waiting for Google's GDrive, but there's also a growing number of devices out there that need to be synched across networks.

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