Microsoft to retire Windows HomeGroup, disabled in latest Insider build 17063

With the arrival of Windows Insider Preview build 17063, Microsoft has released a bunch of new features for Windows Insiders to use. However, Microsoft has also decided to phase out some old features too. Windows HomeGroup is one such feature that is unavailable in Windows Insider Preview build 17063.

Microsoft notes that Windows HomeGroup was a great feature in the “pre-cloud and pre-mobile era,” but there are plenty of alternative sharing options that Windows 10 can provide, instead of the now defunct Windows HomeGroup:

  • 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.

There are plenty of other new improvements and features available. Take a look at the list of what’s new in WIndows Insider Preview build 17063.

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Did you use Windows HomeGroup frequently? Or are you glad to see it gone?