What a Windows RT device does

On May 22, 2013, in news, by

Makes a great rdgateway device

Makes a great RWA device (normal non metro IE supports ActiveX)

I must say that the Dell AT&T AllAccess app which touts that you can set it up via the device leaves a LOT to be desired.  I had to call AT&T to set up the cellular I could not do it straight from the device even though the paperwork said I should.

The other fail is that you can’t set up firm email without FIRST setting up a Microsoft account.   Only then do you get the option to add another account, and I can’t figure out how to not have an Outlook (cloud) account.  Hello Microsoft I realize that you think RT is a consumer device but I know a lot of consumers that don’t want an Outlook account.

Last fail is that you have to update the apps installed on the store for each user’s profile you set up.

Bottom line works well for what it does, but Enterprises are going to hate some of the design decisions on this.

Control of patching, control of deployment, just not here….


3 Responses to What a Windows RT device does

  1. Joe Raby says:

    Huh? You can set up a Microsoft account with any email address. It will have a mailbox assigned to it, but you won’t be using it – unless you want to route POP mail into an Exchange ActiveSync account, which certainly has it’s advantages. You can then just set up the Microsoft Outlook.com mailbox by itself without needing a separate setup for the IMAP settings (and Mail only supports IMAP, not POP). This works far better for Yahoo mail because Yahoo’s IMAP server is horribly unreliable and has been ever since they created the new server for Windows 8. If you would rather set up separate settings for your email so you don’t route into an Outlook.com account for privacy reasons or whatever, you can still set them up separately. Your Microsoft account can be used for syncing settings for the Mail, People, Calendar, and Messaging. Passwords are not saved in the cloud though – just the server and general account info.

    If you tried going to Outlook.com to set up a previous email address and it doesn’t give you the option, go to https://signup.live.com

    I’m not sure I understand the argument of not having some kind of Microsoft Account at all with a Surface RT, since you can’t access the app store at all without one, and the platform is built for that. Would you use an iPad without an Apple ID? Or an Android device without a Google Account?

    Oh and the app separation thing is by design because the apps are moved to userland instead of having system-level access like they did in previous versions of Windows. Data is sandboxed in each users profile, for each app independently. Auto-updating doesn’t seem to function even though there is a setting in the Store app though. This is supposed to be fixed in Blue (but it should’ve been fixed long ago anyway).

  2. bradley says:

    But I don’t want a Microsoft account. I just want the Exchange activesync profile.

    These are users in the firm that I don’t want to have/they don’t care/they don’t need one. I’ve set up my bogus Microsoft account on it.
    Sorry Joe, I don’t want to have an email app that DEMANDS an account that I’ll never ever ever use.

    Apple doesn’t demand I set up my email app with their Apple ID now do they? I set it up for any email address I want. Not with my Apple ID.

    Sorry Joe, even Apple gives me choices.

  3. Joe Raby says:

    Every platform has compromises. For instance, Apple doesn’t let you download anything from the app store unless you have payment information tied to an Apple ID (at the very least you need to buy a gift card) – even if you want to download something for free.