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Microsoft to revive 'squirting' on Windows 8, Windows Phone

updated 04:35 pm EST, Wed December 7, 2011

Microsoft to bring beaming to future Windows gear

The so-called squirting functionality of the first-gen Zune could come back in future Microsoft-powered devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones and the Xbox 360 using near-field tech. Files could be beamed using NFC, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct pairing, frequent rumor source MS_Nerd tweeted. This would be yet another step in Microsoft's attempt to unify the experience across its devices, with the first step being the Metro user interface.

Sharing files between nearby devices quickly and efficiently without pulling them down from a cloud service is more efficient. This could include photos, music, videos, and documents.

A demonstration of how beaming between Microsoft's hardware would look is below. [via LiveSide]

by MacNN Staff



  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    For God's Sake

    Just don't call it squirting!

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Squirting is back!

    First of all they copy Apple again. Specially with that concept (reality for Apple users) video. Squirt squirt squirt..... Love that squirting MS smell first thing in the morning.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    copy Apple again?

    The so called "Squirting" (horrible name indeed!) dates waaaay back before Apple had anything even remotely similar to a portable electronic device.

    Infra red syncing dates from the late 80's, Sharp had a line of PDAs with IR connectivity, as well as Casio (some watches and calculators had it too). in the 90's It became very popular with executives using the Palm Pilot to exchange virtual "business cards". As a matter of fact Palm devices with built in- Grafitti text recognition flourished well into the 2000's

    It was not until the mid 90's that Apple produced the Newton Message pad with built in IR connectivity. The Newton's text recognition failed miserably - possibly why Steve Jobs hated pen input from then on.

    The problem with the Newton was not the pen itself (a fine telescopic design) but rather the slow and error prone hand writing recognition; I loved my Newton (still have it), it even had repleceable batteries and an external Fax!.

    And as of today I have yet to find ANYONE with a screen keyboard that can beat me entering text with Grafitti. A hardware keyboard might be a little faster, but with Grafitti, I can write reasonably well WITHOUT looking at the screen. Try that with ANY other input method.

    IR beaming sooo much convinient than radio frequency beaming. It's directional, and relatively short range (an user option) so it cannot be snooped upon as easily as Bluetooth or Wifi; and since you have to point the emiters at each other, there is no need to "pair" the devices unless extra security is needed.

    By the way most Palm IR transponders could also be used as a samrt remote for most any TV, or home entertainment device.

    Apple, like most any big company claims it invents stuff they bought, it's up to the users to do their research.

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