Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2018 00:03 UTC
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A coming revision to Chrome OS will enable Windows-compatible network browsing by default. This means that Chromebooks will be able to connect with Windows PCs just as easily as other Windows PCs do today.

A very welcome change, especially among corporate users.

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RE: Great
by Alfman on Wed 12th Sep 2018 04:56 UTC in reply to "Great"
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

WorknMan,

Now, when is Android going to get this capability?



I've been looking for a solution to this problem in vein since day one with android.

IOS/Android make it extremely difficult to access/share one's local files locally without going through a cloud service, email, or a 3rd party application, which is very frustrating. Having access to LAN is a huge productivity boost, I want all applications to support network files.

Having individual applications bundle their own CIFS stack in order to access network shares (as some do) is just stupid. Forcing us to upload/download files through a 3rd party data silo when our data is already here is also stupid, especially if we're talking about large resources and metered internet connections.

What's a shame is that linux supported CIFS out of the box since before android existed, they just never turned it on and gave us a way to use it. I frequently find myself needing to transfer files to/from the LAN and feel handicapped by this limitation every time.

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RE[2]: Great
by fretinator on Wed 12th Sep 2018 16:35 in reply to "RE: Great"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

There are plenty of SMB addon tools for Android - I use Astro file manager.

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RE[2]: Great
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 12th Sep 2018 16:57 in reply to "RE: Great"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yes, but until recently CIFS was at SMB v1, very insecure. You'd of had millions or billions of insecure devices. I mean more insecure than they are now, insecure.

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RE[2]: Great
by leech on Wed 12th Sep 2018 17:46 in reply to "RE: Great"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Not sure why everyone would want an Android folder on their share!

I connected a floppy drive to my Note 8 and it creates two folders automatically. Annoying when you only have 720kb disks.

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RE[3]: Great
by darknexus on Wed 12th Sep 2018 19:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Great"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

And this is different from desktop.ini, thumbs.db, .DS_Store and ._AppleDoubles, or that weird folder Nautilus used to put there... how? Besides, it's not as if Android would have to create these folders, though the morons at Google would probably make sure it did. I do wonder what annoying extra files, hidden or otherwise, Chrome OS will stick in there when this feature comes out, thus necessitating another thing in the long list to clean up.

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