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November 27, 2005

Microsoft tests “Avalanche” P2P file sharing technologies

Posted by David Hunter at 10:41 AM ET.

S. “Soma” Somasegar (Microsoft Corporate VP, Developer Division) posts in his weblog that Microsoft Research has developed peer-to-peer file sharing technologies codenamed “Avalanche” (details in the post) and that the Developer Division “has a pilot project under way using Avalanche to download CTP bits for our Most Valuable Professionals.”

Commercial use of P2P for file distribution seems to be all the rage these days. Just recently, both Warner Bros./AOL and NBC Universal/Wurld Media announced commercial services where, in order to get video files, the end user must participate in a P2P network. There’s nothing the matter with that, but one wonders how many simultaneous P2P clients the average user can tolerate.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Executives, Microsoft Research, P2P, S. Soma Somasegar, Technologies

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