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Windows RT 8.1 in the Enterprise

Data Access

Windows RT 8.1 devices provide local storage for documents and settings, just like any version of Windows. Many devices will also support storage devices such as microSDXC cards, and will also support USB storage devices, including USB keys and USB hard drives.

SkyDrive

Windows RT 8.1 devices can utilize SkyDrive cloud storage for synchronizing personalization and configuration settings between devices, even between Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 devices.

To go beyond just personalization and configuration, SkyDrive can also be used for storing and retrieving documents, pictures, or any other data files. These can be created or edited using Office Home & Student 2013 RT or other Windows Store apps.

ln Windows RT 8.1, SkyDrive supports synchronization of some or all of the files and folders on a user’s SkyDrive, enabling the use of these files even when the Windows RT device is not connected to the Internet.

SkyDrive Pro

Although there is currently no SkyDrive Pro client application for Windows RT, files stored in a user’s SharePoint personal site document library can be directly accessed through Internet Explorer provided the appropriate network connectivity is available.

Using Office Home & Student 2013 RT, users will also be able to easily access SharePoint libraries directly from the Office desktop applications just as they can from other Windows-based PCs, as long as network connectivity and security allows (as discussed above).

Work Folders

Windows RT 8.1 includes support for the new Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders feature that enables synchronization of a user-specific folder on the server to the Windows RT device.  Unlike offline files or folder redirection, this synchronization is done using the HTTP protocol.  Once the server-side configuration is in place, adding a Work Folder to a Windows RT device uses a simple wizard where the user just needs to specify their e-mail address and credentials.

Network Share Access

Windows RT 8.1 devices can access file shares on other Windows-based devices using standard Windows networking protocols to make a connection to these file shares. Because users of these devices will not be logged on using domain-based credentials, it will typically be necessary to specify an alternate user ID and password (or use a smart card) to access these file shares.

Note that Windows RT 8.1 does not include support for offline files, folder redirection, or other client-side caching (CSC) functionality found in Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

WebDAV Access

Windows RT 8.1 devices can access files and folders through the WebDAV protocol, which leverages the built-in “WebClient” service capabilities.