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My team at Microsoft (Windows Live Mesh, aka OneDrive) shipped the Tech Preview of the new online service – Live Mesh (in April 2008, way before other “CloudDrives”). I worked on the distributed authentication service for some time. It takes care of account management, and user/device authentication and authorization. There were many questions asked by early adopters about how their data is transmitted and stored in Live Mesh, and how access is controlled. Here I provide some information about it.

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