Coolest Technologies Demoed at Web 2.0 - No. 1 Microsoft Live Mesh

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-05-01 Print this article Print

During a quick 10-minute presentation on stage, Amit Mital, general manager of the Live Mesh team at Microsoft, showed thousands of people a video of a boy jumping into a pool. Though not even in product form yet, Live Mesh wins the coolest-product award for its potential impact on the millions of people using Windows on desktops, laptops, cameras and smart phones all over the world. It also has the potential to choke Microsoft if it fails, as Google rolls ahead online.

The Web 2.0 Expo is traditionally a breeding ground for new technology demonstrations and this year's event in San Francisco was no exception. Here are six of the more memorable technologies, most of which are social and collaborative in nature, demonstrated on the Moscone West show floor April 23 through April 25. You'll notice half of them are online collaboration tools that would look great as part of larger feature sets at Cisco Systems, IBM or Microsoft, which begs the question: Which will remain independent one year from now?

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