Microsoft encourages P2P development for Windows

— 12:25 PM on February 26, 2003

Though the RIAA might want P2P networks to go away, Microsoft is encouraging developers to create peer-to-peer applications for Windows. C|Net reports:

The software giant on Wednesday unveiled a beta, or testing version, of the Windows XP Peer-to-Peer Software Development Kit. The programming tools are designed to let software providers or corporate developers more easily build peer-to-peer applications on top of Windows XP.
Microsoft has plans to build P2P-specific APIs into Windows, and has even improved its IPv6 protocol to help developers of peer-to-peer applications.

Beyond their new community software, Microsoft hasn't announced any plans to develop peer-to-peer applications themselves. Instead, they look intent to provide tools to developers, which should keep them off at least a few hit lists.

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