Could this be the end of ActiveSync?
Getting all kinds of ambitious is Microsoft with the announcement it is launching the first limited beta of 'Live Mesh', a programme designed to synchronise different devices across different platforms automatically over the web.
Desktop PCs, laptops, mobile phones and even WiFi equipped digital picture frames were all referenced by the company at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this week. It gave the example of a user snapping a photo on a handset and it automatically being saved to picture collections on their computers and uploaded to a digital photo frame. On a less extravagant angle, current laborious tasks such as syncing contacts and calendars content could all be done without wires, user intervention or a whopping great corporate network.
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, described his vision for Live Mesh saying "To individuals, the concept of 'My Computer' will give way to the concept of a personal mesh of devices - a means by which all of your devices are brought together, managed through the web, as a seamless whole. After identifying a device as being 'yours' its configuration and personalization settings, its applications and their own settings and the data it carries will be seamlessly available and synchronized across your mesh of devices."
All sounds great in concept and with Microsoft saying it has no plans to restrict Live Mesh to Windows-based devices (Mac OS X and Linux were mentioned) it is an intriguing proposition. A closed trial with 10,000 participants is now underway so expect developments (and no little number of bug fixes) to be announced soon.