As we announced earlier today, Microsoft Sync Framework V2.0 is now available for public download.
Along with this release I wanted to outline a number of companies and partners that are already using Sync Framework v2.0 including Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
SharePoint has also chosen to integrate Microsoft Sync Framework as part of their solution for synchronizing to Office SharePoint 2010. The SharePoint and Office teams will use the Sync Framework as the engine powering synchronization between Office Workspace (Groove) and SharePoint. In addition, the SharePoint server will also expose Sync Framework API’s that will allow any developer to build providers to integrate new data stores into SharePoint.
"The Sync Framework will greatly reduce the amount of code that an ISV needs to create, and this represents probably the most painful code that they otherwise would have had to write".
Maxim Lukiyanov, Program Manager SharePoint Server, Microsoft
For more information on this please see our new case study: Microsoft Sync Framework used to Create Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010
The Windows 7 Device Stage gives users a common user interface to manage and synchronize data with their Windows 7 enabled phone. Contacts, calendar, tasks and even notes can be synchronized with any data store. Sync Framework v2.0 is the easiest way for developers to implement data synchronization providers for any store to enable it for the Windows 7 Device synchronization experience.
"The flexibility of Sync Framework and its ability to track and exchange data really set this technology apart. Since Sync Framework is data agnostic this allowed us to develop a framework tailored around contact, calendar, tasks and notes data".
Anna Boyd, Windows 7 Engineering, Microsoft
PricewaterhouseCoopers has put a system in deployment for 60,000+ mobile auditors in 150 countries to allow much of their work to be done remotely at the client site, making disconnected, offline use of their application and friction free collaboration across teams.
"Our implementation of Sync Framework ‘just worked’ for our auditors. If they set automatic synchronization, our software finds peers, verifies access rights to the same engagement database, and updates all databases. They might be connected to each other over a client’s network, or just via ad hoc (no access point) WiFi. If just one laptop has access to the servers, that laptop automatically funnels all changes from the laptops to the server and vice versa. No manual configuration is needed".
Dr. Glenn Ricart, Technology and Development Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers