It can be pretty painful to transfer files to your Windows Phone 7 device. Sure, you can hook in the Zune software and sync music, video’s and pictures across. But what about that Excel or Word document? What about when you simply want 1 quick file and don’t want to have to go through the whole sync process? Well, there is an easier way. You can email it to yourself, or you can upload the file to the web and then download it to your phone. Or, you can share it from your PC and download it directly to your phone. All you need to do is setup a web server on your PC and then share the file over the local WiFi so it can be downloaded to your phone. Now, I know you’re saying “But I don’t want to setup an IIS server on my laptop just to transfer a file!”, and you’re right – neither do i. That’s where HFS comes into the picture.
HFS is a simple web server that doesn’t have all the extra junk that you’ll never use. It’s small, and easy to use. Simply run HFS and drag the file you want to share to the window. Then open the browser on your device and browse to the URL displayed at the top of HFS and you’re good to go!
There are many other web servers you can use, but in my experience HFS is the quickest and easiest server without all the extra fluff features that you’ll never use. Of course, this solution also works for other platforms. It’s an easy way to share files with the various devices in your network.