Latest posts by Alvin Bryan (see all)
- Millionaire Tyupkin Malware ATM Hackers May Come to US, India After Hitting Europe - October 23, 2014
- BitLicense Will Allow Bitcoin Spying in New York - October 22, 2014
- Australians are Fighting Data Retention Laws - October 22, 2014
Windows RT at the moment lacks the features and compatibility that the Intel-compatible x86 versions have. To make up for compatibility issues, RT devices offer an assortment of USB peripherals and accessories, and the latest available feature is Windows RT VPN connectivity. Windows is also adding more features as users provide feedback on the system.
Windows RT is the OS first designed in 2011 for mobile devices that use ARM architecture. It officially launched with Windows 8, alongside the release of 3 RT-based tablets. Together with a special version of Office 2013, it is only available as preloaded software on these tablets and other devices specifically designed by the OEM, which includes the Microsoft Surface tablet series. It was designed to allow RT devices to get the most out of touch-optimized applications, ARM’s power efficiency for longer battery life, the system-on-chip designs for thinner hardware, and a generally more consistent experience as a mobile operating system.
The decision to add VPN capability came in response to consumer demand for data security and business interest in Bring Your Own Device policies. It is still in the works, however, and VPN on RT is currently limited. VPN connectivity is now a standard key capability in Windows x86 and RT devices. The new Surface RT has increased consumer curiosity in VPN support, and revealed some limitations in configuration for third-party clients. Many mobile users require VPN compatibility, and this is proving to be a major factor in the choice of Windows RT devices over other tablets.
Windows RT VPN
RT devices have a built-in VPN client implementation that is fully compatible with Microsoft RRAS. The in-box VPN client implementation supports IPSec and SSL VPNs using PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP protocols, although L2TP/IPSec is the recommended protocol. A remote connection is possible through PPP protocols such as PAP, CHAP, MS-CHAPv2, PEAP, and EAP-TTLS. The latter two authentication methods are recommended by Microsoft.
So far, the public’s reaction to the Windows RT VPN capabilities is less than stellar. But there is hope that the devices functionality with regard to VPN connectivity will be further improved. Consumer demand for VPN compatibility is believed to be powerful enough to push Microsoft to improve the in-box VPN client to remove existing limitations in configuration for third-party clients.
Windows 8.1 Blue and the Windows Blue Phone are slated to incorporate the Windows RT VPN features as well. Since Windows RT and Windows Phone are both designed to work on ARM chipsets, the implementation of Windows RT VPN compatibility is hopeful. The team is working on bringing a lot of the WinRT and .NET functionality to the Windows Blue Phone, as well as other featured developed for Windows RT Blue.
An otherwise well-liked product, the Surface RT is and will continue to be shunned by many users due to its faults with regard to VPN connectivity. To remain competitive with other tablets on the market, this issue will have to be addressed. With better Windows RT VPN compatibility, Surface RT will outshine all other tablets on the market. The same goes for other Windows 8 Pro tablets, which are otherwise on the level of the ultrabook rather than other tablets.