Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Microsoft Pulls PC-to-PC Sync From Vista

Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that it will yank yet another feature from Windows Vista, this time PC-to-PC Sync, a P2P-based technology for keeping files up-to-date on multiple machines.

"While PC-to-PC Sync is a great feature that improves productivity and collaboration we don't have it at the quality level our customers demand," a company spokesperson said in an e-mail. "As a result the decision was made to remove it from Windows Vista."

Part of a broader synchronization update in Vista -- the operating system will have a prominent Sync Center for all such chores, including synchronizing PCs with servers and mobile -- PC-to-PC Sync was based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology, and would have let Vista users sync the contents of specialized folders, including the by-default Documents, Pictures, and Music, between multiple PCs on wired or wireless networks.

Analysts characterized the feature as an extension of the old Offline Files technology and the Windows XP SyncToy, with part of the P2P FolderShare utility -- a 2005 acquisition by Microsoft -- thrown in for good measure.

The consumer-oriented PC-to-PC Sync, however, was limited in that it would synchronize files and folders only between machines running Vista, and then apparently only between computers which had the same user account name and password (in other words, between PCs owned and used by the same person).

  • 1