Microsoft announces a big milestone for Windows Live Mesh, it's PC-to-PC and PC-to-web file synchronization service:

Windows Live Mesh has now connected 5 million devices, with over 3 million users syncing 2.2 petabytes to the cloud. Windows Live Mesh was released on September 30th, 2010 and joined SkyDrive, a service already used by 70 million customers, as a core component of Microsoft’s consumer cloud strategy.

This marks an important moment in the steady transition to a world where people will use a blend of cloud services & PC-based apps together. As a company, we believe this trend will continue as people seek a personal balance in how they manage their data across multiple devices and services.

This is in contrast to those who believe that it’s a cloud-only world and that everything should and will live online. It’s a simple idea, but our customers tell us they want a choice in what works best for them.

To deliver this choice, our consumer cloud strategy is focused in three parts:

  1. Offering world-class email and chat services with Hotmail and Messenger that connect to services like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and over 75 other websites around the world

  2. Providing a great platform for others to build on, including Microsoft services like XboxOffice, and Windows Phone 7

  3. Connecting Windows to the cloud with Windows Live Essentials

In particular, we are only successful in connecting Windows to the cloud if we build software that makes it easy for customers to bring those two worlds together. Since 2005, Windows Live has been designed with this in mind, bringing Windows’ heritage of choice together with the connectedness of the cloud.

We’re excited to see our customers embrace this connectedness, around the world, and all for free.

Dharmesh Mehta 
Director, Windows Live Product Management