Apple releases Rendezvous for Windows Technology Preview

Rendezvous enables automatic discovery of computers, devices, and services on IP networks. Also known as zero-configuration networking, Rendezvous uses industry standard IP protocols to allow devices to automatically find each other without the need to enter IP addresses or configure DNS servers. Rendezvous is an open protocol, which Apple has submitted to the IETF as part of the ongoing standards-creation process. In order to provide a true zero configuration experience, Rendezvous requires that devices implement three essential things. These devices must be able to:

– allocate IP addresses without a DHCP server
– translate between names and IP addresses without a DNS server
– locate or advertise services without using a directory server

Rendezvous technology is now available on Windows 2000 and XP. This preview release includes full link-local support, allowing Windows machines to discover advertised HTTP and FTP servers using Internet Explorer. It also includes a printer setup wizard which allows Windows machines to print to Rendezvous networked printers, including USB shared printers connected to the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express Base Stations. With the included Rendezvous SDK, Windows and Java developers can begin the process of adding Rendezvous service discovery to their applications.

More info and download link here.

26 Comments

  1. It is obvious why Apple is releasing Rendezvous for Windows. This will make it more likely that peripheral hardware vendors will support Rendezvous and everyone, including Mac users, will benefit!

  2. This is really great, itunes, airport and A.P express, ipod, new cinema displays and now rendezvous, all for PC’s. For instance, i am a macaddict, but i still have my old PC, i’m connected to the web via airport basestation, aiport card on my ibook and ethernet port connected to de PC. Before this rendezvous release i cannot print from the PC to my EPSON Stylus C82 connected to the printer port on the basestation, NOW I CAN. Really great. It’s working like a charm!

  3. Why would apple release this for Windows…?

    Believe it or not, the Airport Base Station has been a popular wireless router among Windows users. Early reports of widespread use in both RV parks and retirement homes (where techs would set up the ABS using an iBook, but everyone else was on PCs) resulted in Apple’s releasing the Airport Admin utility for Windows.

    With iTunes migration to Windows, which will support audio streaming to the new Airport Express, it only makes sense to allow Windows users access to Rendezvous printing, as well.

    Regardless of any public statements to the contrary, iTunes and the iPod are a trojan horse with millions of Windows users appreciating Apple Quality. Many of these people will consider the Airport Express as well. The next step is obvious.

    Keep in mind Apple’s recent, subtle shift in focus from “Switching” to “Make your next computer a Mac,” and “Macs integrate well into a windows network.”

  4. This seems to be a new strategy from Apple. Give windozers a taste of some of their technology and then hopefully reel them in. Releasing Rendezvous for windows will also allow macs to integrate more easily into a windows environment (I have heard getting your Mac hooked up to a PC can be problematic), eliminating one more area of resistance to getting a Mac in a PC environment. Hope this new strategy works.

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