Google joins Microsoft and others to make it easy to transfer data between services
Transferring your data between services can prove difficult, and that’s why the Data Transfer Project has been founded. Created by Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook, the service tries to make it easy for you to transfer your files between different services. You could import your photos from Microsoft OneDrive to Google Photos, for example. It’s not just Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook either – any company can get in on the action and add support for their own service. It’s entirely open source. The service is not quite ready for a widespread rollout yet, but it’s getting there.
So how does the Data Transfer Project work? It utilises existing APIs to initiate transfers between participating platforms, making it as easy as possible on the end user. This makes it feasible to try out other services and migrate your data easily, without having to make a commitment to a service and stick to it forever. The project is also great for those who may just want to back their data up on another service for safekeeping. It also aims to give you complete control over your files, giving you the ability to have them where you feel comfortable.
While it’s not officially released, companies can get going on implementing it for their services. It’s not quite ready for general usage, but there’s nothing stopping you from giving it a try anyway. Given its open source nature, individuals can contribute too! It’s a great solution to the continuing fragmentation of data-preservation services online. You can upload your photos to Facebook, Microsoft OneDrive, or Google Photos and there’s nothing holding you back if you want to move to another service. It’s not only photos though, it aims to be able to transfer all of your data. In the future, we could see it be the solution many have searched for in migrating their playlists to a new service, for example. There’s a lot of use cases once it truly takes off, and we can’t wait to see what becomes of it.
Source: Data Transfer Project Via: Windows Central