In the first part of 2018, with the first major updates Windows 10, Microsoft intends to withdraw HomeGroup functionality from this operating system.
HomeGroup was introduced for the first time on operating systems Windows 7, in order to provide users with a simple sharing option in the local area network (LAN) documents, Media Files (pictures, music and videos) and a printers (Printers).
We do not know exactly how used this service was Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, because most users have used the classic form of sharing files and folders on the local network. Microsoft introduced HomeGroup with the idea of creating a single domain in a local area network (LAN) through which all PCs with Windows to be able to share content with each other.
The big minus of this feature is that you can only share files between PCs with Windows. Computers with macOS and Linux can access the HomeGroup domain.
Starting with the first major update in March 2018, Microsoft will remove HomeGroup from Windows 10, but only for users who install an operating system from scratch. For those who already use HomeGroup, this feature will remain on their operating systems.
With the removal of HomeGroup from Windows 10, this does not mean that users will no longer be able to share files, folders and printers on the local network. LAN. These functions will remain active through the classic "share" / "share device" that will allow further sharing.
As alternative to HomeGroup, Microsoft encourages users to use:
- OneDrive - as a solution for storing files in the cloud with the possibility of being shared with other users
- The classic "Share" function - allows sharing on LAN of devices (printer, scanner, etc.) and files.
- Microsoft Account - use of Microsoft account for sharing with synchronized applications (like Mail application)
The announcement is made on the official blog of Microsoft and dreams of users Windows 10 who will download their installation archive Windows 10, after the March 2018 update.