Researchers at Microsoft's labs in Cambridge, UK, are developing a file-sharing technology that they say could make it easier to distribute big files such as films, television programs and software...

Researchers at Microsoft's labs in Cambridge, UK, are developing a file-sharing technology that they say could make it easier to distribute big files such as films, television programs and software applications to end-users over the Internet, Infoworld reports. The product's code name is ‘Avalanche'.

Like BitTorrent end users request the file parts from other users' hard drives and reassemble them to create the original file. The concept behind Avalanche is impressive, according to Mike Thompson, principal research analyst with Butler Group, in Hull, England, who saw the technology demonstrated. But it faces two problems of perception, he said.

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