Microsoft massively expands WIFI Direct on Windows 10

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Microsoft has been focusing on APIs with Windows 10. The company has introduced several exciting things for developers at WinHEC this year already. At WinHEC, Microsoft has introduced a new API for Windows, the Wi-Fi Direct Services API as well. With Wi-Fi Direct Services API, developers will allow developers to find services and connect with them. The API will also allow developers to publish services, as well as allow remote peer to pair.

Alongside Wi-Fi Direct Services API, Microsoft will also add a couple of new features to the existing Wi-Fi Direct API with Windows 10. Previously in Windows 8.1, developers were able to discover and connect with devices with Wi-Fi Direct API – however, on Windows 10, developers will be able to make a PC discoverable so that other devices can search for the PC using the API. The API will also allow developers to allow and reject connections on Windows 10.

It’s indeed very nice to Microsoft adding new APIs to Windows 10. However, it’ll be much more interesting to see how developers make use of these APIs. Presumably we will be seeing a significant  rise in the number of file sharing apps on Windows Phone, something I know many of our readers in countries with slow carrier networks would prefer.

If you’re a developer, are you excited for the new Wi-Fi Direct Services API? Make sure to let us know in the comment section below.

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