Microsoft has lifted the lid on a new web service called Live Mesh, designed to connect a multiplicity of devices and applications online.
The service is seen by many as a key plank in the company's vision for the future of the web.
Live Mesh is designed to blur the lines between running software and storing data on a desktop and "in the cloud".
Microsoft's Amit Mital said Live Mesh would "connect and bring devices together... to work in concert". "This new software-plus-services platform enables PCs and other devices to 'come alive' by making them aware of each other through the internet," said Mr Mital.
Live Mesh is really a great leap forward but it will take a while for people to understand it.
If I'm understanding it right. I can put a document that I'm working on in my office into a special folder and over the weekend retrieve the document and update it. Then on Monday morning, the document will be as I changed it when I get to my office.
There are other ways to do this but they lack the simplicity of Live Mesh.
Or I can put a document in a special folder and the guy on the west coast can review it and make changes and put it back and it's on my office computer when I get in, in the morning.
It seems to have a small start up. I need to set up the folder and sign up for Live Mesh. After that I'm just using my Word program to update a document.