Developers have questioned the commitment to openness in Microsoft's Live Mesh service, which is designed to bridge the offline and online worlds. The company's new service, that will synch all of a user's devices and applications to produce a seamless framework, was unveiled at Web 2.0.
Microsoft has said the service will use open standards and be rolled out to Windows machines, Macs and mobiles. But developers at the conference said they needed more detail about openness.
"I have just seen the cookie cutter slide show, " says start up entrepreneur Ola Agayi "and it has promise but I haven't had the chance to play around with it. It's certainly an interesting concept."
Developer JC Herz, of BatchTags, said she was worried about openness and Microsoft's role in controlling so much of people's information. "It's what they have always been trying to do which is own the pie. I think the main thing with Live Mesh is to benchmark all the talk about "open".
"The great thing about openness is that is something that is very easy to verify which is different from 10 or 20 years ago." She added: "The proof is in the pudding but at the moment it's all demo ware and advertising." The fact that Live Mesh is not available on Mac at launch was not missed by many in the audience who commented on the fact that the slide show included an Apple icon.
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