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Connector for Surface / W8RT? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I tried to install the connector and the software is not compatible.  is there and RT version?  I tried searching the store, ms.com, msdn and TechNet.  virtually no info on rt and WSE2012 support.

    if not, any alternate for backup?

    Thanks,  Mark.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:15 PM

Answers

  • We've been bouncing this around and RT is apparently deemed to be
    'cloud' ish and doesn't need backup.  You just reset the apps.
    The connector won't join/back it up to Essentials.
     
    • Proposed as answer by Ken Warren Saturday, November 10, 2012 2:11 PM
    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:50 AM
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 10:49 PM
  • Thanks for the answer.

    My PoV - Backup is needed because documents, music, photos can be stored and edited locally on the RT version - especially when not connected to the internet. 

    Maybe not the biggest priority but lack of support makes RT is looke even more like a lone wolf.

    There are several places on MS site, TechNet and MSDN where they say Windows 8 is fully supported.  Even the Essentials connector page says "The Connector software connects computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8, or Mac OS X 10.5 -10.7, to the server"

    Suggest someone in MSFT gets those get edited.

    Thanks, Mark.

    Windows RT <> Windows 8.

    To be clear, you CAN use Windows File History in Windows RT to back up anything in your Windows Libraries, including all of your media, documents, and photos.  You can include additional locations in the built-in Windows libraries, and also create custom Libraries to include anything you desire in File History.

    It would be nice if Microsoft released a connector for Windows RT devices, but File History is a capable alternative that allow you to back up your important data to the server.

    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:49 AM
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:53 AM
  • //off original topic

    One thing that can save the SkyDrive issue is this new sync agent.  Just establish the folders you want to share and sync them to SkyDrive.  Then you have a local copy too.

    Doen't help so much if you are using multiple PCs to upload.  (effectively each pc you log on to is its own master and Skydrive is the slave).

    The SkyDrive desktop app only runs on Windows for x86 processors, not on ARM.

    Basically, you can't install anything on a Windows RT system that does not come from the Windows Store or via Windows Update, (including things that would make complete sense on a mobile device such as cloud storage syncing).

    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:49 AM
    Saturday, November 24, 2012 4:07 AM

All replies

  • We've been bouncing this around and RT is apparently deemed to be
    'cloud' ish and doesn't need backup.  You just reset the apps.
    The connector won't join/back it up to Essentials.
     
    • Proposed as answer by Ken Warren Saturday, November 10, 2012 2:11 PM
    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:50 AM
    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 10:49 PM
  • Thanks for the answer.

    My PoV - Backup is needed because documents, music, photos can be stored and edited locally on the RT version - especially when not connected to the internet. 

    Maybe not the biggest priority but lack of support makes RT is looke even more like a lone wolf.

    There are several places on MS site, TechNet and MSDN where they say Windows 8 is fully supported.  Even the Essentials connector page says "The Connector software connects computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8, or Mac OS X 10.5 -10.7, to the server"

    Suggest someone in MSFT gets those get edited.

    Thanks, Mark.

    Friday, November 9, 2012 9:17 PM
  • Except the Surface (non-Pro anyway) doesn't run Windows 8, it runs Windows RT. Not the same, technically...
    Friday, November 9, 2012 9:21 PM
  • Yes, remember (as I was chided about as I too was saying ...why doesn't the system requirements be this specific)... Windows 8 specifically means an Intel device.  Windows RT are the arm only ones.  When it says Win8, it means Win8.  It doesn't mean WinRT.
    Friday, November 9, 2012 9:26 PM
  • ‘You just reset your apps’ should be beneath a mature software company like Microsoft.

    Whilst they have got much right for a first time hardware manufacturer in this space, as a mature software company Microsoft has made alarming newbie mistakes in its attitude towards Windows 8 RT, backup and restore being just one. The other HUGE hole is the absence of offline support in SkyDrive amongst other glaring missed opportunities to nail the competition. See ‘iPad Killer?’ http://blog.nigelgibbons.com/2012/10/29/windows-8-rt-ipad-killer/

    Sunday, November 11, 2012 6:24 PM
  • //off original topic

    One thing that can save the SkyDrive issue is this new sync agent.  Just establish the folders you want to share and sync them to SkyDrive.  Then you have a local copy too.

    Doen't help so much if you are using multiple PCs to upload.  (effectively each pc you log on to is its own master and Skydrive is the slave).

    Saturday, November 17, 2012 3:06 AM
  • @k_garney & @Susan Bradley, there are a few slip-ups here and there with naming.  (see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/home) and Meet Windows 8 - it only splits into RT and 8 after that. If they were specific, they would have said "Meet Windows RT" and "Meet Windows 8"). 

    Many screen shots of RT and 8 are the same.  Food for confusion?

    No biggy for us techies but I feel for our customers who have to question what is and is not supported each time they think of something that needs to be done on RT.

    Saturday, November 17, 2012 3:16 AM
  • Thanks for the answer.

    My PoV - Backup is needed because documents, music, photos can be stored and edited locally on the RT version - especially when not connected to the internet. 

    Maybe not the biggest priority but lack of support makes RT is looke even more like a lone wolf.

    There are several places on MS site, TechNet and MSDN where they say Windows 8 is fully supported.  Even the Essentials connector page says "The Connector software connects computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8, or Mac OS X 10.5 -10.7, to the server"

    Suggest someone in MSFT gets those get edited.

    Thanks, Mark.

    Windows RT <> Windows 8.

    To be clear, you CAN use Windows File History in Windows RT to back up anything in your Windows Libraries, including all of your media, documents, and photos.  You can include additional locations in the built-in Windows libraries, and also create custom Libraries to include anything you desire in File History.

    It would be nice if Microsoft released a connector for Windows RT devices, but File History is a capable alternative that allow you to back up your important data to the server.

    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:49 AM
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:53 AM
  • //off original topic

    One thing that can save the SkyDrive issue is this new sync agent.  Just establish the folders you want to share and sync them to SkyDrive.  Then you have a local copy too.

    Doen't help so much if you are using multiple PCs to upload.  (effectively each pc you log on to is its own master and Skydrive is the slave).

    The SkyDrive desktop app only runs on Windows for x86 processors, not on ARM.

    Basically, you can't install anything on a Windows RT system that does not come from the Windows Store or via Windows Update, (including things that would make complete sense on a mobile device such as cloud storage syncing).

    • Marked as answer by James Xiong Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:49 AM
    Saturday, November 24, 2012 4:07 AM