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Windows 8 Explorer Teases Built-in ‘Live Mesh and SkyDrive’ Integration

Looking at the latest release of Windows 8 screenshots of new “ribbon” interface that had been implemented in most Windows Live Essentials applications. It’s apparent now Microsoft is committed to bringing the Ribbon user experience (Windows Scenic) to the Windows Explorer.

Long Zheng spotted something quite interesting — there’s now a Windows Live Wave 5 “Sync” and “Web sharing” menu options within Windows Explorer built right into the Windows 8 operating system.

“Since these functions appear to be dormant in this particular build, I can only speculate “Sync” would offer functionality similarly to Windows Live Mesh to synchronize folders across computers. On top of that, “Web sharing” might enable SkyDrive-like functionality to make their files and folders accessible through a web URL, for easy sharing with friends and family.”

Winaows 8 Explorer: sync and sharing

Of course both of these features are consistent with the overarching “Windows + Cloud” strategy that combines the best of local and cloud computing. Perhaps this is only the beginning of the Windows and Windows Live convergence.

Windows 8 will have Windows Live ID built-in, and seeing these new “Sync” and “Web sharing” options in Explorer definitely leads us to think that this is somewhat related to Windows Live Mesh (for sync) and Windows Live SkyDrive (for web sharing).


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