In what will one day be a very good thing for mobile professionals, Microsoft just released a test build of their Sync Framework, designed for developers to build synchronization into “any type of application for any type of data”, making it easier to take data offline / online. Here’s hoping developers really take advantage of this framework and give us mobile folks the reliable syncing tools we need.
Microsoft Sync Framework is a comprehensive synchronization platform that enables collaboration and offline scenarios for applications, services and devices. Developers can build sync ecosystems that integrate any application, any type of data, using any protocol over any network.
The Microsoft Sync Framework provides a platform for taking web services and databases offline. In addition, it provides optimized P2P sync of any type of file including contacts, music, videos, images and settings. The extensible framework includes built-in support for synchronizing relational databases, NTFS/FAT file systems, Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS/ATOM, devices and web services.
* Add sync support to new and existing applications, services, and devices
* Enable collaboration and offline capabilities for any application
* Roam and share information from any data store, over any protocol, and over any network configuration
* Leverage sync capabilities exposed in Microsoft technologies to create sync ecosystems
* Extend the architecture to support custom data types including files