Intel’s Thunderbolt Share Lets Two PCs Share Files, Screens, Storage, and More

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Intel announced Thunderbolt Share, a new software feature that leverages the speed of a Thunderbolt connection to enable two PCs to share files, screen, storage, and inputs like mice and keyboards through a Thunderbolt 4 or 5 connection.

Thunderbolt Share uses the connection’s networking capability to enable a user to interact with two PCs easily and efficiently. As long as both computers are running Windows, have a compatible Thunderbolt connection, and have the Thunderbolt Share software installed, a user can achieve smooth, uncompressed screen-sharing with ultra-low-latency mouse and keyboard control between them.

“Only Thunderbolt technology has the bandwidth and low latency to deliver these capabilities with the quality and experience that users demand,” Intel claims. “With Thunderbolt Share, PC users can further expand the connectivity experiences that Thunderbolt-certified products are designed to offer.”

It also enables fast file transfer with a simple drag and drop, allows folder synchronization, and provides an easy route to migrate files from PC to PC. Intel says it lets users easily collaborate by sharing large files with each other, which is done via a private and secure connection that doesn’t affect WiFi, Ethernet, or cloud network performance.

“We are excited to continue to lead the industry in connectivity solutions with Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt Share delivers on our aspiration to bring innovative solutions to the market and deliver new experiences for users to get the most out of their PCs,” Jason Ziller, Intel vice president and general manager of the Client Connectivity Division, says. “Now users can seamlessly access one PC from another at Thunderbolt speeds. It truly changes how users can be more productive and efficient.”

Intel argues that Thunderbolt Share benefits multiple types of users who may have more than one PC. For example, creators who share a space can more quickly collaborate with just a cable. They and gamers with multi-PC workflows can easily share preferred peripherals and PC accessories. Intel argues that business professionals can enjoy better ergonomics with shared monitors and can maximize workspaces using multiple PCs.

Thunderbolt Share will be offered on select PCs and accessories starting in the second half of 2024. Intel says to look for upcoming announcements from companies including Lenovo, Acer, MSI, Razer, Kensington, Belkin, Promise, and Plugable among others.