Hi Folks -
One of the most innovative new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 is Work Folders, which gives users access to files on a company file server over the Internet or a corporate LAN or WAN while allowing organizations to maintain control over that data. Here’s an overview:
Upon the initial release of Windows Server 2012 R2, Work Folders only supported Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, which had support for Work Folders (i.e., the Work Folders “client”) built-in.
Now the story gets even better! The Hybrid Storage Services team released a Work Folders client for Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional and Ultimate editions. Now your Windows 7 users can benefit from Work Folders and enjoy seamless access to their work data.
After Work Folders was announced in May of 2013, the overwhelming feedback we received was that we absolutely had to enable support for Windows 7, which has been deployed en-masse by corporate IT for the last several years. We assembled a Windows 7 Work Folders team right after the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and they got right to work, overcoming multiple technical hurdles such as limited File Explorer integration. They designed and delivered a great experience that remains as close to Windows 8.1 as possible. It’s a great feeling to ship software at Microsoft and the Windows 7 Work Folders team did a great job, shipping one day ahead of schedule!
The new release supports 17 languages and can be downloaded here:For 64-bit (X64) Windows 7: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42558For 32-bit (X86) Windows 7: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42559
If you’re interested in learning more about Work Folders, here are some great resources:
I’m excited to see this new functionality put to use by Microsoft customers, and I can’t wait to hear about your experiences with Work Folders on Windows 7. Give it a try!
Cheers,Scott M. JohnsonSenior Program ManagerWindows Storage Server@supersquatchy
Why Windows 8.1 and Windows 7? What about Windows 8?
Could we get support for Windows Vista, too?
@Shane: You're expected to get the free update to Win 8.1.@Ian: Vista is nearing extended support. Probably won't happen.