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Airdrop has been great! The only complain I would probably have is, will my Windows friends be able to transfer files with me with Airdrop? I'm a faithful customer of Apple, I love their products because they never seem to disappoint me. Will Apple be bringing the Airdrop feature to Windows?

Microsoft is well known for their hate of Apple, but does Apple have to do the same and restrict Airdrop to just Mac? It would be cool to get Airdrop working for Windows, If my friends are not using Windows, I wouldn't even care. Mac is no doubt the operating system that impresses me.

So what do you guys think?

asked Jul 22 '11 at 02:23

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microsoft hates apple? What makes u say that? They try to make alot of their products compatible with os x .... remote desktop, office, messenger to name a few. Not to mention you can run windows on a mac (probably not on purpose, but just because Windows is made to run on a wide range of hardware and now that Apple has moved to Intel the hardware is the same as PC's). Apple's software license actually prohibits running OS X on anything but Apple software. I think it's definitely the other way around. Apple wants to keep that image of being exclusive and "hip" (while charging you triple for everything... not an exaggeration. My friend just upgraded his Macbook Hard Drive from 120 gb to 500 for $200+. I upgraded mine myself for 60 dollars). There's nothing special about the hardware in most cases. They can just get away with screwing everyone over and charging two or three times as much because they have the most brilliant marketing company in the entire world and have every person/hipster/teenie bopper believing they are somehow better than everyone else if they own a mac. They limit you to sharing on lion and between macs only? hmmm now why would that be? maybe so you buy their products and other people want to buy their products so they can use that feature, their new "operating system" aka a service pack which would be handed out for free on windows and obviously linux and a new apple computer. Since when did adding applications become a new operating system? Doesn't it usually entail redesigning the kernel .. scheduler ... memory management... something along those lines? Maybe they did, I don't know but it certainly seems to me like they just stuck in some new apps and that recovery partition which wiped out my linux partition. Apple could easily make this airdrop thing work with Windows, Linux, whatever ... and certainly Snow Leopard with a minor update. It's just a simple file share with a new ui. Not complicated stuff, and nothing new. That aside, I own a macbook and I do like OS X so I'm not an Apple hater. I like Lion and it has some nice features, I just think people have strange misconceptions about Apple..... like the virus thing? wtf ... As a programmer I see job postings al the time for C, C++, C# Java ... you don't see many adds for Objective-C unless they want an Iphone app. People aren't writing viruses for Macs yet. That's all. Hackers will find exploits in any system, but they have to have motivation to do so. The small percentage of people that use/can afford Mac's isn't enough motivation .... but seeing as to how Apple is growing exponentially, the viruses will start to come.

answered Sep 03 '11 at 01:53

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Whats wrong with using dropbox? Link

answered Jul 22 '11 at 06:15

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Lee Wood

edited Jul 22 '11 at 06:16

It's going to be a Lion only feature. It doesn't look like even Snow Leopard is going to get it, so Windows has about a 3% chance of getting Airdrop within the next two years.

answered Jul 22 '11 at 04:10

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Use Public Folder, always worked for me!

answered Jul 22 '11 at 08:03

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but does that work in conjunction with a mac?

(Aug 03 '11 at 12:15) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

The real question is: Which protocol does it operate over?

I could see a few developers trying to get it to work within the next year or two...

answered Jul 22 '11 at 16:05

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Discovery is handled using mDNS (aka Bonjour) but the datastream relies upon IP6 — hence making it work on Windows would be tricky enough, since many systems have IP6 turned off. In contrast Apple have made it impossible to turn off IP6 in Lion.

answered Aug 03 '11 at 11:43

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do u really need that ui to transfer files?

why cant u just connect to the windows smb://ServerName/ShareName and use that?

answered Sep 04 '11 at 20:57

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You may find what you're looking for in Flik, an internal network file sharing and chat application just for Windows. Mac OS X users can get in on the action too through VMware or Parallels where they can install and run it from Windows.

answered Oct 25 '11 at 10:04

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Geof Harries

Try Filedrop. It works for both win and mac computers. www.filedropme.com

answered Aug 27 '12 at 13:17

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Ivan Pashchenko

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