Intel, others launch effort to ease PC migration

The obstacles of moving data from an old PC to a new one are familiar frustrations to many consumers and corporate IT support workers. Now, several IT vendors, including IBM Corp., Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., have formed a new working group to study and promote methods of improving the PC data-migration experience, the companies involved announced Wednesday.

Also part of the PC Migration Work Group are Symantec Corp., file transfer and synchronization software maker Laplink Inc. and five other companies. Chaired by Intel's ease-of-use initiative manager, Alex Gefrides, the group will focus initially on raising awareness of available migration products and creating guidelines for ISVs (independent software vendors) aimed at easing user migrations.

Longer-term goals include creating new tools and processes to shorten the migration timeframe and make migration "part of a new computer's out-of-the-box experience," the group said.

The PC Migration Work Group is currently developing its charter, and plans to post its first white paper in mid-September to its Web site, at http://www.pc-migration-wg.com/.

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