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Samsung HomeSync Lite Turns Your New (Samsung) PC into a Personal Cloud

Samsung revealed a host of new ATIV-branded Windows hardware yesterday, including the innovative ATIV Q, which ships with both Android and Windows 8 on board, ATIV Book notebooks and ATIV One all in one PC.

Ahead of the company’s new HomeSync Android-based Media Center hardware shipping this year, Samsung have introduced the ability to use any of their new PCs as a personal cloud device. The new feature, Samsung HomeSync Lite, is not a new idea but allows users to store, share and access any of their files inside and outside the home – negating the need for dedicated home server hardware.

HomeSync Lite works with external hard drives connected to the PC, so you can build up a healthy amount of additional storage for your files, and share them across your devices – one hitch, which you’ve probably guessed, is that HomeSync Lite hooks into the Samsung ecosystem, so if you want to make the most of HomeSync Lite, get buying that Samsung hardware.

This (slightly weird) video provides the lowdown:

Bravo to Samsung for jumping into the Personal Cloud space, and HomeSync Lite may do a good job for casual users – however, the forthcoming HomeSync hardware looks like a better bet for Samsung users.

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.

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