With Windows 7, Microsoft introduced a new feature called HomeGroup that allowed users to share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in their HomeGroup network. After creating or joining a HomeGroup, users can select the libraries they want to share and prevent specific files or folders from being shared. With the arrival of cloud storage solutions, users have moved away from using solutions like HomeGroup to share content with others. Because of this evolution, Microsoft has decided to kill the HomeGroup service. Starting with the new Insider build 17063 which was released today, the HomeGroup service is no longer operational in Windows 10. However the user profile used for sharing and the file/folder/printer shares will continue to work.
Microsoft recommends the following instead of HomeGroup for Windows 10 users going forward:
- File Storage:
- OneDrive is a cloud-first, cross-device storage and collaboration platform for all of the pieces of data that matter most in your life – like your files, your photos, your videos, and more.
- OneDrive Files On-Demand takes cloud file storage a step further, allowing you to access all your files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on your device.
- Share Functionality: For those who prefer not to use the Cloud to connect their devices, the Share functionality for folders and printers allows you to see the available devices and connect them to and from other PCs on your home network.
- Easier Connection: No more remembering cryptic HomeGroup passwords in order to connect to another PC. You can now simply connect through your Microsoft Account email address across devices.