Microsoft open its Live Mesh mobile portal to the public, available at http://m.mesh.com, the website provides access to the basic functionality of Live Mesh through the browser, albeit without the ability to automatically synchronise folders that comes with a native client application.
Here’s our quick walkthrough:
- First you’ll need to sign in with the LiveID you use for Mesh. While it can be a bit cumbersome to enter the first time around, the username + password tend to get automatically saved between sessions.
- Once you’ve logged in, the homepage shows the aggregated news feed for all your folders, including new people joining your Mesh and new files/folders that have been created. Across the top of the page there are two tabs, News and Folders
- The folders page does exactly what it says, listing out all the directories from your existing Mesh along with the individual news feed and the members of that folder. Functionality such as adding a folder and file is built-in, along with the ability to get at files already in your Mesh – great for getting that important piece of work you didn’t want to email to yourself.
Also available direct from the homepage is the ability to upload mobile photos to your Mesh, which auto-creates a Mobile Pictures folder for you. This is very useful for people without much storage on their mobile device, and provides a great alternative to hooking up your phone to the PC/Mac just to transfer photos across at the end of the day. While transfer will be slow if you don’t have a 3G connection or above, Mesh is definitely not slow, updating the new feed straightaway.