Windows Blue will feature improved synchronization
In today's world, the majority of users handle multiple devices. A desktop PC, notebook, tablet and smartphone are just some examples. Add to that media boxes, gaming consoles and even a connected fridge and you will end up with multiple devices that you use on a daily basis. The though to synchronization some settings and features between devices comes natural, like sending a recently visited websites to your smartphone, syncing bookmarks or even the open websites of the web browser that you are using on multiple devices.
Microsoft added basic syncing capabilities to Windows 8 which it linked to a Microsoft account. Users of Windows 8 can sync several settings including personalization settings like colors and the desktop wallpaper, passwords, ease of access, app settings, browser settings and a couple of other preferences.
While that is great for a start, it is not a full sync, something that many users may have come to expect from Microsoft. Examples of preferences and data that does not get synced are all desktop programs installed on the system, the start screen or the installed apps.
According to Rafael Rivera this is going to change when Windows Blue gets released. He analyzed the leaked Windows Blue build and discovered a Registry key that hinted at new synchronization items that Microsoft added to Windows Blue. Note that since this is a preliminary build, it may happen that some of the items will be removed again in a later build. For now, the following syncing items have been added to Windows Blue on top of the existing items that are already synced in Windows 8:
- Installed Apps
- App secondary tiles
- File History
- Picture Password
- Explorer Quick Links
- The Start Screen layout and design
- Input Personalization
- Device Associations (to pair devices once with a system and sync the information to all connected devices so that the connected device is identified correctly on all other devices without configuration).
- Internet Explorer tracking protection and tabs.
Some items are great additions to the synchronization process. I especially like the application and start screen syncing, as it means that you will have all apps and the same start screen available on all Windows 8 systems you work with.Advertisement