“Apple is adding Microsoft’s SMB2 to OS X and making it the default for file sharing with Windows — and with Macs running OS X 10.9 as well,” Rizzo reports. “SMB will still be supported for compatibility with older PCs and devices, and AFP will be supported for file sharing with previous OS X versions. Apple’s adoption of SMB2 (Server Message Block 2), which Microsoft rolled out in Windows Vista, could improve file sharing with Windows servers and PCs.”
Rizzo reports, “With Lion, Apple abandoned the SMB code it had been using, which was based on Samba from Linux, and wrote its own SMB code for OS X. Although it improved file sharing with Windows, it didn’t make file sharing as trouble-free as it is between Macs. Unlike SMB, AFP (short for Apple File Protocol), the default Mac file sharing protocol since Apple enabled network file sharing in the 1980’s, has always been the most reliable and trouble-free way to share files on Macs.”
Read more about which devices will use which file sharing protocols in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Hey look, Vista was good for something, at least, even if this is sort of like asking Typhoid Mary to “please pass the meat.”
Surely, Federighi has his reasons.
(And, yes, before you start demanding things, we’ll stop calling you Shirley.)