In the death march (hopefully, an exaggeration) to get Vista out the door by early next year, more features are being tossed overboard including one that I had always considered interesting ever since the “original Longhorn” was formally described in 2003. Ina Fried at CNET:
Microsoft has dropped a feature from Windows Vista that would have allowed people running the new operating system to keep data synchronized among multiple PCs.
The software maker said quality concerns were behind the decision to drop the feature, which allowed people to keep files up-to-date across multiple Vista 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,” Microsoft said Wednesday in a statement.
The PC sync capability was present in earlier test builds, but it was stripped from Vista just before Microsoft shipped Beta 2 last month.
See also Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch:
While PC-to-PC synchronization is out, other P2P synchronization technologies will still ship with Vista, including Meeting Space, an ad-hoc P2P connectivity feature, company officials said.