Microsoft to introduce a local automatic backup solution akin to Apple’s Time Machine.
With Windows 8 now available to users from Microsoft Connect, expect a lot of information to be leaked out. One of the first to slip past is a feature called “History Vault”, a automatic backup solution that allows users to backup their entire drives, on a daily basis, on an external or networked HDD.
The feature is similar to Apple’s Time Machine application on Mac OS. Basically, the application copies contents of the entire hard drive and files them on a daily basis. The user can then choose to restore a file, or the entire hard drive for that matter, from a particular day. There are plenty of PC security suites and separate applications that provide such functionality on Windows, but it will be the first time Microsoft will be offering so.
Windows 8 is expected to enter beta stage this year, with possible retail availability in Jan 2013.