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Near Share is a new feature in Windows 10 Creators Update

A new feature was discovered in Windows 10 Creators Update. The upcoming feature update for Windows 10 is getting an additional sharing option called "Near Share". Here is how it seems to work.

This is the new option added to quick actions:

Quick Action

It is named Near Share. The user can enable or disable it.

The name of this new quick action doesn't explain its purpose. To understand what its use is, we need to refer to the Cross-Device experiences section of Settings. A number of new Near Share options can be found there.

Cross Device ExperienceWhen enabled, Near Share allows the user to send and receive content with anyone else who is nearby by using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct.

The drop down list "I can share or receive content from" allows the user to define which devices can participate in the data exchange.

It is possible to specify the folder which will store the received files.

It looks like this new feature is yet another addition to sharing options of Windows 10. It should simplify the data sharing process between all Windows 10 devices you use.

The concept behind the Near Share feature is not new to Windows 10. In the past, Microsoft had something similar in Windows Longhorn. The feature was named "People Nearby" and used Peer to Peer networking technologies. Near Share on the other hand might use Bluetooth or WiFi Direct. Windows 10 will be the first version of the Windows operating system to ship with an easy direct way to share between devices without configuring a network.

Source: Rafael Rivera.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Near Share is a new feature in Windows 10 Creators Update”

  1. “n the past, Microsoft had something similar in Windows Longhorn. The feature was named ‘People Nearby’ and used Peer to Peer networking technologies.”

    Why did you not mention People Near Me in Windows Vista?

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