BitTorrent reveals its new file synchronization service, simply called BitTorrent Sync, and asks people to help build something “sick” — the good way, we presume.
Among the modern ways to transfer files from one computer to another, you can now add BitTorrent Sync to the list. The company unveiled a very rough, pre-alpha version of the service today as part of its new initiative for developing new tech called BitTorrent Labs.
In a blog post announcing BitTorrent Sync, the company revealed a few details. BitTorrent Sync is designed to “manage personal files across multiple computers,” t The company also requested user feedback to help them “build something sick. If you’re comfortable using early, incomplete software, and if you’re committed to helping us figure out a better way to sync, we want to hear from you,” the post reads.
At the present moment, you need to fill out an application and wait for a response to use the service. The form asks numerous questions including how many computers you intend to use the service on, which operating systems you want to use Sync on, and which country you live in.
According to the blog TorrentFreak, once you’re in the service is easy to set up even though it’s in pre-alpha. TorrentFreak also notes that syncing is not entirely a new thing for BitTorrent. Companies such as Facebook and Twitter use torrents to distribute files and for software deployments.
Any other details are scarce at the moment, although a screenshot published on BitTorrent’s blog shows a separate window, entitled “SyncApp”, with a few different tabs such as Devices, Folders and Transfers. Also worth noting is the smartphone icon in the top-left hand corner, which points to a future release on mobile devices.
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