The New Alpha

Jul 22, 2008
Updated • Dec 13, 2012

I follow developments of both and Windows Live Mesh with interest and this week has seen new releases for both.

What I find most interesting is that both developments have a very similar aim or goal, but at the same time are very different. is not so ambitious as to try and become the next major web platform like Mesh, but it is trying to become the focal point of all our web interactions. began as an online desktop with some uploading and synchronizing capabilities while Live Mesh is a synchronization service with some form of online desktop.

You can access the new release of at although be warned that it is currently even more alpha then the existing release. I actually didn’t notice any increases in instability but maybe that’s just me.

So far the changes I have noticed seem to be largely cosmetic. I requested the desktop context menu be simplified a few months ago and that seems to have happened, the start menu has also been streamlined slightly and I have noticed a few new icons scattered around the place. It could possibly be a little faster as well, but I really am not sure on that one.

I had a look around for some release notes, or a blog post from the developers but couldn’t seem to find one anywhere, so beyond what I’ve noticed so far I couldn’t tell you any additional changes although I’m sure there are many. I’ll keep fiddling around and see what I find.

Have any of you been using lately?

Update: appears to be no longer available, and Windows Live Mesh seems to have been integrated into Microsoft's SkyDrive application and maybe partially in the Windows 8 operating system directly.


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  1. joshua said on July 23, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for commenting Zvi! Yea I got a number of crashes, but as I’m using Flock 2 beta 2 I know it will be caused by that so I wasn’t gonna make a comment =)

  2. Dotan Cohen said on July 22, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    The text (but not the url) of the link is wrong.

  3. Zvi Schreiber said on July 22, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks for reviewing Some highlights of the new release include
    * Many bug fixes – much more stable
    * Alpha file “sync” utility

    We are going to make MUCH faster in the next few months and add lots new features so please keep following and giving feedback.


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