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Live Mesh is a “software-plus-services” platform and experience from Microsoft that enables PCs and other devices to “come alive” by making them aware of each other through the Internet, enabling individuals and organizations to manage, access, and share their files and applications seamlessly on the Web and across their world of devices. This document provides selected reviewers with a first look at Live Mesh, including instructions on how they can try it out for themselves.
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Introduction.................................................................. ..........................1 Getting Started..................................4 Live Mesh Notifier.............................8 Live Mesh Folders.................................................................. ................9 The Mesh Bar.............................................................................. ..........12 News.......................................................................................... ............15 Live Desktop.......................................................................... ...............17 Live Mesh Remote Desktop........................................................ .........19 On the Horizon................................................................................. .....21 Conclusion................................................................................... .........23 Cleaning Up Your system............................................. .......................24 Glossary................................................................................... .............25
INTRODUCTION Why Live Mesh?
Today we live in a world of the Web and a world of devices. Although the Web is at the center of our experiences, those experiences are delivered through a diverse range of increasingly powerful devices. As we take advantage of this new digital world, our experiences often become fractured and complex. We create and accumulate massive amounts of data, with the information and applications we care about residing on different devices and spread across the Web. We also interact with a broader array of people, struggling to stay connected with them and informed of the latest happenings. We are in need of, and increasingly demand, seamless “just works” computing experiences that bring it all together. Microsoft is starting to solve these and many related problems with Live Mesh, a platform experience that uses the Internet as a hub to bring together your data, devices, applications, and the people you want to connect with into your own personal “mesh” that is always up-to-date and available from anywhere. With Live Mesh, Microsoft believes that:
… your devices should work together. … your data and applications should be available from anywhere. … the people you need to connect with should be just a few clicks away for simple sharing, collaborating, and learning more about them. … you should have all the information you need to stay informed. What is Live Mesh? Live Mesh is a “software-plus-services” platform and experience that enables PCs and other devices to “come alive” by making them aware of each other through the Internet, enabling individuals and organizations to manage, access, and share their files and applications seamlessly on the Web and across their world of devices. Live Mesh includes:
A platform that defines and models a user’s digital relationships between devices, data, applications, and people—made available to developers through an open data model and protocols. A cloud service providing an implementation of the platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Software, a client implementation of the platform that enables local applications to run offline and interact seamlessly with the cloud. A platform experience that exposes the key benefits of the platform for bringing together a user’s devices, files and applications, and social graph, with news feeds across all of these. What differentiates Live Mesh is its underlying platform. As a platform company, Microsoft believes in the power of the operating environment—and that if that environment is built correctly, the entire ecosystem will benefit. Live Mesh is built on the Live Services Platform, providing a Web-centric Mesh Operating Environment that evolves the user experience from one of “My
Computer” to one of “My Mesh,” with the user at the center of that experience. (For more information on the Live Services Platform, go to www.mesh.com/blog.)
While many existing offerings may appear similar in that they utilize hosted services for storage, sharing files, or peer-to-peer connections between PCs, most of those products fulfill only one specific need. Live Mesh is unique in that it takes a more robust approach, bringing together all of this functionality in one offering. By weaving together the best of software and Internet services, Live Mesh delivers a platform and experience that is comprehensive yet simple and open. Who Will Benefit? Live Mesh provides a seamless “just works” experience that puts you at the center of your digital world by connecting you with the people you care about and putting you in control of your information, applications, and devices. As such, it can benefit anyone who uses the Internet and has more than one device—or has only one PC but wants to access its data or applications from nearly anywhere. Early adopters will likely be technology-savvy individuals who today struggle with multiple devices. However, this user base will expand over time as more and more individuals see the benefit of a Live Mesh approach to simplifying their computing experiences, sharing information, and staying connected.
Specific benefits of Live Mesh include: Devices Working Together. Live Mesh brings the Web to your devices so that your data and applications are seamlessly synchronized and aware of each other, communicating over encrypted channels to help keep user data secure. Anywhere Access. The information you put in your mesh is available from any of your other devices, including your own personal Live Desktop that resides on the Web. Live Mesh also provides remote desktop functionality for situations where you need to take full control of a device remotely. Simple to Share. With Live Mesh, you can simply invite a friend or colleague to share a folder, giving them access to view or edit only the files you put in the folder. Live Mesh keeps track of and synchronizes the changes across your mesh. Stay Informed. Live Mesh has a robust news feed system that allows you to easily keep track of the activities you care about, including the online status of your friends or colleagues, changes to files and folders in your mesh, and the status of your devices.
A Closer Look The remainder of this document examines how Live Mesh enables you to:
Keep data automatically synchronized across devices with Live Mesh folders, including the ability to share data with other Live Mesh users. Access devices and applications remotely with Live Mesh Remote Desktop, which lets you take full control of any device in your mesh from virtually any PC with a Web browser and Internet connection.
Access your mesh from any Web browser with Live Desktop. Stay abreast of what’s going on with Live Mesh News, so you can easily keep track of friends or colleagues, changes to files and folders, and status of the devices in your mesh. Each feature is discussed in greater detail in the following sections, along with detailed instructions on how to “try it for yourself.”
GETTING STARTED Prerequisites and System Requirements Access to the Live Mesh technology preview is by invitation-only. To try it out, here’s what you’ll need—and need to know:
Windows Live ID. Someone from Microsoft should have already provided you with a special Windows Live ID, which you’ll need to try Live Mesh. Operating System. At this time, Live Mesh supports PCs running Windows Vista and Windows XP (with Service Pack 2 installed). Live Mesh will eventually support Macintosh computers and Windows Mobile-powered devices as well. Second PC. The Live Mesh Remote Desktop enables you to access and control devices in your mesh using only a Web browser. As such, it can best be experienced from a second PC. Administrator Rights. Administrator rights are not required to install and use Live Mesh (the main client/shell enhancements). However, they are required to install the Live Mesh Remote Desktop Enhancements, which improve security and performance when using the Live Mesh Remote Desktop feature. If you don’t have administrator rights or choose not to confirm the User Account Control elevation prompt when using Windows Vista, you can still try out all the features of Live Mesh. Web Browser and Internet Access. Live Mesh is compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, Firefox 2.0, and Safari 3.0, or later versions of each Web browser. However, the Live Mesh Remote Desktop feature is not compatible with Firefox. Windows Live Messenger. To view your Messenger contacts’ status within Live Mesh, you must be signed in to Windows Live Messenger. You can install Messenger at http://get.live.com/messenger/overview. Note: You’ll be using a prerelease version of Live Mesh and, as such, you should keep a separate copy of any files or folders you add to your mesh.
Instructions for Trying Out Live Mesh The following sections of this document discuss the various features of Live Mesh. Instructions for trying out those features are presented as follows:
Try it out… 1. 2. Step 1 Step 2
You should now be ready to start using Live Mesh! To make it easy for you to see how Live Mesh is intended to work, we’ve created a test account for you that has been pre-populated with some files and user relationships. Signing In The Live Mesh experience begins by signing in, which is done using your Windows Live ID.
To sign in to the Live Mesh devices page: 1. 2. 3. 4. Using your Web browser, go to http://www.mesh.com and click Sign in. Enter your Windows Live ID and password. Click Sign in. To enable Messenger integration, sign in to Messenger using the same Windows Live ID and password.
Devices View After you sign in, you’ll see the Live Mesh Devices page (see Figure 1), a visualization of your personal computing environment. Live Mesh breaks down the seams between these devices by making all your information accessible on any device and making those devices accessible no matter where you are. Live Mesh delivers this experience by building on the Live Services Platform Mesh Directory, which associates your identity with the devices, files, applications, and people that are part of your mesh.
Figure 1: Live Mesh Devices page after adding multiple devices.
Everyone starts with one device, the Live Desktop, which can be accessed with any supported Web browser. This “device in the cloud” makes it easy to access information in your mesh even when you’re not using one of your own devices. (Live Desktop is discussed in greater detail later in this document.)
You can see in Figure 1 that devices can use Live Mesh to share their status or other information. The screen shot shows one device reporting itself as online and healthy, a second device reporting itself as online but requiring attention, and a third device with no status currently reported. Over time, Microsoft expects devices such as PCs, mobile phones, printers, and more to communicate to the user and with each other using the mesh. In addition, just as the Live Services Platform makes it possible for devices to publish information to the mesh, it also enables users and other devices to reach in to manage or interact with those devices. You’ll see an example of that later with Live Mesh Remote Desktop. Adding a Device To synchronize folders with the Live Desktop, you’ll first need to add that device to your mesh. This is done by installing the Live Mesh software, which assigns a unique cryptographic identity to the device and associates that device with your mesh. The Live Mesh software also includes a synchronization runtime, extensions to the Windows Explorer shell that make it easy to interact with your mesh, and support for Live Mesh Remote Desktop, which is discussed later in this paper.
To add a device to your mesh: 1. Click Add Device, select the version of the operating system you’re running, then click Install. During installation, you’ll see a pop-up above the notification area in the Windows taskbar informing you of progress. (If you’re using Windows Vista, you may get a User Account Control (UAC) elevation prompt during installation. You must have elevated privileges to install the Live Mesh Remote Desktop enhancements, which improve security and performance for the Live Mesh Remote Desktop feature. If you don’t elevate during installation, you can still install and use Live Mesh.) After installation is complete, a sign-in dialog will appear (see Figure 2). Sign in using your Windows Live ID and password. In the Add Device dialog box, rename the device if you like. (If you’re running Windows Vista, make sure the check box next to Enable Live Mesh Remote Desktop enhancements is checked.) Click Add Device. The Live Mesh notifier will appear above the notification area of your Windows taskbar and a Live Mesh icon will appear in the taskbar.
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The same process applies when installing subsequent devices. After you’ve added a device, you’ll have access to your Live Mesh folders from that device (either from the notifier or Windows Explorer) and the added device will appear in the Live Mesh notifier. A Live Mesh entry will appear in the Start menu under All Programs. The Live Mesh software is installed on a per-user basis, and all data and settings are stored in the same manner. In addition, no changes to firewall policy are made during installation. This eliminates the need for administrator rights or consent dialogs during the installation process, isolates the impact of the software, and makes it simple to uninstall. However, there are several ways in
which Live Mesh can be enhanced using optional components that do require administrator rights to install, including peer-to-peer network connectivity and enhanced Live Mesh Remote Desktop support. Computers with Microsoft Update turned on should get updated automatically with the latest version of the Live Mesh software as it becomes available.
Figure 2: Live Mesh software sign-in dialog.
LIVE MESH NOTIFIER After installing the Live Mesh software, you’ll see the Live Mesh notifier icon (see Figure 3) in the notification area of your Windows
Figure 3. Live Mesh notifier icon (appears second from left).
Hovering on the icon brings up the Live Mesh notifier, which provides a convenient way to access, manage, and stay abreast of what’s happening on your mesh. Today, the notifier provides three views:
Folders, which provides information on and access to the folders in your mesh. Devices, which provides information on and access to the devices in your mesh. News, which enables you to stay abreast of the activities in your mesh.
Figure 4 shows the devices view in the Live Mesh notifier. We’ll explore the features of the notifier later in this document, after adding some information to your mesh.
Figure 4. Live Mesh notifier devices view.
LIVE MESH FOLDERS If you have more than one computer, you’re probably familiar with the problems of making sure the files you need are always on hand, no matter which device you’re using. And, of course, if you’re collaborating on documents at work or putting together a photo album at home, there will be files that you’ll want to share with colleagues, friends, and family. Live Mesh folders solve those problems by enabling you to share and manage folders across devices. Folders can be synchronized among devices in your mesh and shared with other users, who can access the folders you share through their own meshes. Through Live Desktop, Live Mesh also offers a cloudbased storage service that enables you to access your data even when all your devices are unavailable. Live Mesh folders deliver two key features that set them apart:
Robust synchronization among peer devices and a storage service in the cloud. A rich collaboration space that’s more than just a place to drop files.
From an end-user perspective, Live Mesh folders appear just like the other folders on your hard drive, with a standard file path. You can copy or move files between Live Mesh folders and other folders on your device, and your applications can read or write into those folders as they would any other folder. Behind the scenes, the Mesh Operating Environment keeps folders synchronized across your mesh. Similarly, developers who want to make their applications “mesh-aware” can take advantage of the Mesh Operating Environment APIs to determine the status of—and interact with—files, devices, and other users across the mesh. This will enable the delivery of “optimized online, enabled offline” experiences in which applications will always have local access to data, eliminating the need to worry about the availability of network connections or whether users are working offline—in a way similar to the Cached Exchange Mode feature of Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. Creating a Live Mesh folder When you add an existing folder on your device to your mesh, it continues to exist in the same location on your hard drive, where it looks and acts like other local folders. You can still drag and drop, copy and paste, or save files or other folders directly to it. There are three ways to add a folder to your mesh from your device:
Make any existing folder on your device a Live Mesh folder by right-clicking the folder and then clicking Add folder to your mesh. Drag and drop a folder into Live Mesh Folders, a location under My Computer in Windows Explorer that shows all folders in your mesh. Open Live Mesh Folders, right-click in Windows Explorer, click Live Mesh Options, then click Create folder in your mesh.
By default, a copy of the folder is added to your Live Desktop and files are synchronized when they are added or modified. You can also adjust how Live Mesh folders are synchronized across your mesh, enabling you to specify the devices on which you want the folder to be available and when to synchronize files. This is another example of how the Live Services Platform makes it possible for all your devices to work together, giving you a way to view status and manage settings for any device in your mesh.
Figure 5. Adding a Live Mesh folder.
To create a Live Mesh folder: 1. 2. 3. 4. Create a new folder on your Windows desktop and copy a file or two into it. Right-click on the folder, then click Add folder to your Live Mesh. Click Show synchronization options to view or change synchronization settings. Click OK to add the folder to Live Mesh, upon which the folder’s icon will change to blue to let you know it’s a Live Mesh folder.
Working Offline Live Mesh is designed to work offline as well, enabling you to interact with Live Mesh folders on your local device in the same way as you would with any other
folder. When you go online again, any changes to your Live Mesh folders will be synchronized across your mesh.
Figure 6. Working offline.
Future Directions Today, Live Mesh folders provide the ability to synchronize files. However, the Live Services Platform was designedwith a flexible data model that can also represent applications, discussions, settings, and more. Over time, Live Mesh will deliver new experiences built around other types of data. In addition, the Live Services Platform is designed to support a federated storage model that will enable enterprise customers to host their own storage services, ensuring that their data is never stored in a Microsoft data center. More information on how federation works will be provided later in 2008.
THE MESH BAR After you’ve created a Live Mesh folder, there are several ways to open that folder on your device:
In the notifier, click the Folders icon, then select a folder—or click Manage folders and then double-click the desired folder Open the Live Mesh Folders folder in Windows Explorer and double-click the desired folder
The Live Mesh software extends Live Mesh folders with the Live Mesh bar, a companion window that provides an integrated view of what’s happening with this folder across the mesh—and is especially useful for collaborating with other users. Synchronized Devices In the Live Mesh bar, under Synchronized Devices (see Figure 7), you can see how the folder is being used within your mesh. You’ll see machine presence and synchronization status for the folder, as well as a convenient link to manage synchronization settings for the folder.
Figure 7: Live Mesh bar – Synchronized devices view.
To view the Synchronized Devices view in the Live Mesh bar: 1. 2. 3. Double-click on a Live Mesh folder and click Synchronized Devices. You’ll see the status of each device synchronizing the folder. Click Edit to see how you can change the synchronization settings for the folder. Click Cancel to return to the Synchronized Devices view.
Members Devices and folders aren’t the only thing woven into your mesh—other people are, too. In the Live Mesh bar, under Members, you can see who else has access to a Live Folder and invite friends or co-workers to share the folder. Live Mesh uses the Activities service in the Live Services Platform to monitor which folders users have open, enabling you to easily know when other members are looking at the same content (as indicated by the orange square). The same view also integrates status information from other services such as Windows Live Messenger, showing whether the members of a folder are online or offline (see Figure 8).
Figure 8: Live Mesh bar – Members view.
To invite another Live Mesh user to share a folder: 1. On the Live Mesh bar, click Members. An orange dot to the right of a member’s name shows who is actively browsing the folder. If the user is on your Windows Live Messenger buddy list, you’ll see a Messenger pawn, which you can click to send that user an instant message. Click Add and type the other person’s e-mail address. If desired, click View e-mail message and customize the message. Click OK to send the message. In the Members view of the Live Mesh bar, you’ll see that the person you just invited to share the folder has been added to the list, with status as “pending.”
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News With people woven throughout your mesh, you can stay abreast of their activities. The News view in the Live Mesh bar builds on the Activities service in the Live Services Platform to give you context about what’s happening in a folder, providing an easy way to see what’s changed and add comments to a folder. Behind the scenes, the Mesh Operating Environment handles news entries the same way as files and folders, synchronizing the data throughout your mesh so that it’s always available.
Figure 9: Live Mesh bar – News view.
To post a message about a folder: 1. 2. Select the News view in the Live Mesh bar and click New post, then type your message and click OK. In a moment, you’ll see the message you just posted appear. Add a new file to the folder and you’ll see another new news post appear, notifying you that the new file was added.
NEWS Keeping you up to date is a core concept of Live Mesh, so news is prevalent throughout the system. Live Mesh provides a broader view of news in the notifier, showing you the most recent activities across all of your folders.
Figure 10. News view in Live Mesh notifier.
Clicking “View all news” in the notifier takes you to a Web page that displays a more complete view of recent activities. And clicking on the name of a member in any news view takes you to that member’s profile page, showing you that member’s activities for the folders you share and enabling you to easily see how that user has been participating in your mesh.
Figure 11. Member profile.
To view all of the news for your mesh: 1. 2. Open the Live Mesh notifier, click the News icon, and click View all news. Click on a member’s name to see that person’s profile.
News provides a flexible and customizable way for the devices, folders, applications, and members in your mesh to communicate with you. The underlying Activities service in the Live Services Platform provides a way for developers to build applications that can both create and read news for a resource in the mesh after the applications have been granted the appropriate permissions by the user who owns the resource.
Figure 12. Live Desktop.
Microsoft envisions Live Desktop as a “home base” for anywhere, anytime access to all of your information. Today it provides access to the files, folders, and people in your mesh but, over time, it could become a portal for anytime, anywhere access to applications as well.
To try Live Desktop: (Note: This is best experienced from a second system that’s not running the Live Mesh software. All you’ll need is a Web browser and an Internet connection. If such a system is available, move to it now.) 1. 2. 3. 4. Open a Web browser, go to http://www.mesh.com, and sign in with your Windows Live ID. This will open the Live Mesh devices page. Click the Desktop button at the top of the screen and you’ll be presented with the Live Desktop. Double-click on the Live Mesh folder you created earlier. You’ll see the familiar Live Mesh folder view, including the Live Mesh bar. Double-click on the file you placed in the folder. You’ll be prompted to open or save the file. Assuming you have the application necessary to open the file on the PC you’re using, you can click Open to bring up the file in that application. (Note: This downloads a temporary read-only copy, which is opened using the target application, which you can use to save the file locally). Close the application. In the Live Mesh folder, click Upload File, select a file, and click OK. When you open that folder on your PC running the Live Mesh software, you’ll see that the new file has been added. Now create a new Live Mesh folder by double-clicking Create new folder on the Live Desktop. Name the folder and click OK. The new folder will appear on Live Desktop and on the Windows desktop of your PC running the Live Mesh software.
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LIVE MESH REMOTE DESKTOP Although the Live Desktop enables you to interact with the folders in your mesh, there are times when you’ll need full remote access to a device, such as to schedule a recording on your home media center or check a customer record on the CRM system at work. Live Mesh Remote Desktop (see Figure 13) addresses this problem by enabling you to access any device in your mesh from any other device that’s running the Live Mesh software, as well as from any compatible Web browser.
Figure 13. Live Mesh Remote Desktop.
Live Mesh Remote Desktop builds on the Windows Remote Desktop Protocol, enhancing it in four key ways:
End-to-end connectivity that is accomplished through a combination of client logic and hosted relays, enabling you to connect regardless of network topology, firewalls, or network address translation. Device presence that enables you to see which of your devices are available for a remote connection.
Stronger connection security, in which ports are opened only when authorized requests are routed through the Live Mesh rather than leaving ports open to receive connections—and with only the source of a request able to connect to opened ports. This is a more robust approach to security than simply requiring a user name and password. End-to-end encryption, in which traffic is encrypted with a key known only to the two devices involved in the session, making it extremely difficult for any other device (including Live Services Platform relays) to snoop on the traffic.
To use Live Mesh Remote Desktop: 1. 2. 3. On the Live Desktop, click the Devices button at the top of the page and then click the device you want to access. The device ring will rotate to bring your device to the front. Click Connect to connect to the device. (You may be prompted to install an Active X control and may need to accept User Account Control prompts if running Windows Vista.) When prompted for confirmation that you want to connect with the device, click Connect. Live Mesh Remote Desktop will establish the connection and, as soon as the encrypted connection is available, you’ll be prompted with the Windows log on screen for the remote device. (This may take up to 30 seconds, as a message will be presented on the screen of the target device letting anyone who may be using the device know that you are trying to connect remotely to it.) Enter your user name and password for the remote device and click OK. You should now have full control over the device. On the remote machine, open Notepad and type a few words of text. Select the text and copy it to the Windows clipboard as you normally would. Then minimize the Internet Explorer window, open Notepad on your local system, and paste the text into the local document.
ON THE HORIZON Live Mesh Applications You’ve seen how Live Mesh makes your devices come alive, enabling you to interact with the files and people in your mesh. Fulfilling the Live Mesh vision, however, will require supporting an additional element of your digital life: your applications. Live Mesh applications are not yet implemented, but we’d like to provide a hint of what’s to come. Just as the Mesh Directory stores relationships between you, your devices, and your files, it can also associate you with the applications you use. In addition to enabling applications to read and write the files, folders, and news in your mesh, the Mesh Operating Environment is built to synchronize all types of data, which enables Live Mesh to distribute applications throughout your mesh as well—even to your Live Desktop, if appropriate.
Figure 14. Example of a Live Mesh application.
Figure 14 shows an example of a Live Mesh application. After adding the application to your mesh and granting it permission to access the information in your mesh, you’ll be able to run this application directly from yourLive Desktop. And in the same way that you control how devices synchronize files in your mesh, you’ll be able to specify whether you want this mesh application to be available on those devices so that you can run it locally when you’re not online. Developer Platform In the coming months, you’ll hear more about the developer platform for Live Mesh, including how developers can write services and applications that interact with the mesh to provide a more personal and meaningful user experience.
Broader Availability Microsoft intends to increase the number of people invited to preview Live Mesh throughout the rest of 2008, with plans to deliver a more open beta release in the fall.
Live Mesh is a “software-plusservices” platform and experience from Microsoft that enables PCs and other devices to “come alive” by making them aware of each other through the Internet, enabling individuals and organizations to manage, access, and share their files and applications seamlessly on the Web and across their world of devices. With Live Mesh: All your devices work together. All your data and applications are available from anywhere. The people you need to connect with are just a few clicks away for simple sharing, collaborating, and learning more about them. You have all the information you need to stay informed.
Through such capabilities, Live Mesh provides a seamless, “just works” experience that puts you at the center of your digital world. For More Information For more information about Live Mesh, visit the Live Mesh blog at www.mesh.com/blog or contact:
Rapid Response Team Waggener Edstrom Worldwide (503) 443-7070 firstname.lastname@example.org
CLEANING UP YOUR SYSTEM Feel free to keep Live Mesh installed and experiment with it, as the account you have will remain active. However, please remember that it’s a technology preview and safeguard your data accordingly. Should you wish to uninstall Live Mesh, follow these steps:
Remove Your Devices from the Mesh 1. Go to http://www.mesh.com and sign in. 2. Click the device you want to remove from your mesh. 3. Click Options, then click Remove device from Live Mesh. Uninstall the Live Mesh Software
For each device on which you installed the Live Mesh software:
1. From that computer's Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs (in Windows XP) or Programs and Features (in Windows Vista). 2. Select Live Mesh and click Uninstall. Note: Uninstalling the Live Mesh software does not remove any local folders from your device. Uninstall the Live Mesh Internet Explorer Add-In
For each device on which you’ve used Internet Explorer and Live Mesh Remote Desktop:
1. Launch Internet Explorer. 2. Click Tools, then Internet Options. 3. Select the Programs tab, then click Manage Add-ons. 4. Select WLCTSCControl Class and click Delete.
Following is a list of the key
TERM Live Desktop
terms used in this document.
Live Mesh Live Mesh bar
Live Mesh devices Live Mesh Devices Live Mesh folder Live Mesh Folders Live Mesh news Live Mesh News Live Mesh notifier
Live Mesh Remote Desktop Live Mesh Remote Desktop enhancements
Live Mesh software Live Services Platform Mesh Operating Environment
DEFINITION A “device in the cloud” that is automatically added to your mesh and can be accessed from any Web browser Name for the overall service The companion window that is appended to the right side of Windows Explorer for Live Mesh folders Devices that are connected to your mesh A view of devices provided on the Live Desktop Any folder in your mesh A system folder created on your device when the Live Mesh software is installed News provided on activities in your mesh A view of news presented on the Live Desktop The window that appears when you click the Live Mesh icon in the notification area of the Windows taskbar and provides easy access to the folders, devices, and news in your mesh Feature of Live Mesh that builds on Remote Desktop Protocol to enable you to remotely access devices in your mesh An optional component of the Live Mesh software (for Windows Vista) that enhances security and performance when using Live Mesh Remote Desktop Client software that is downloaded and installed to add a device to Live Mesh The Microsoft software-plus-services platform upon which Live Mesh is built A Web-centric operating environment that provides synchronization, data storage, and other services to tie together an individual’s data, devices, applications, and contacts