Now that I have a Surface 2, Iâ€™m going to leave my laptop at home when I travel.
This leaves me with a concern â€“ obviously, Iâ€™m going to play with some of my hobby software development while I have â€śdown timeâ€ť, but the devices for which Iâ€™m building are traveling with me, while the dev machine stays at home.
Thatâ€™s OK where Iâ€™m building for the laptop, because itâ€™s available by Remote Desktop through a Remote Desktop Gateway.
Deploying to my other devices â€“ the Windows Phone and the Surface 2 running Windows RT â€“ is something that I typically do by direct connection, or on the local network.
For the Windows Phone, thereâ€™s a Store called â€śBetaâ€ť as opposed to â€śPublicâ€ť, into which you can deploy your app, make it available to specific listed users, and this will allow you to quickly distribute an app remotely to your device.
Details on how to do this are here.
The story on Windows Store apps appears, at first blush, to be far more dismal, with numerous questions online asking â€śis there a beta store for Windows like there is for the phone?â€ť
The answer comes back â€śno, but thatâ€™s a great idea for future developmentâ€ť.
But it is completely possible to distribute app packages to your Windows RT and other Windows 8.1 devices, using Powershell.
The instructions at MSDN, here, will tell you quite clearly how you can do this.