Connecting Surface 2/ RT to Win 8 Phone & Desktop Win 8 PC

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  1. kristalsoldier

    kristalsoldier Well-Known Member

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    Hi...

    From what I have read, it is not possible to connect the Surface 2 to either a Win 8 Phone or to the desktop PC (running some variant of Win 8) using a USB cable.network

    So, this leaves two options for connecting: (1) via SkyDrive and (2) through shared folders over a network.

    Isn't this a bit limiting? And, if my surmises regarding this is correct (which it very well may not be), then is there any hope/ chance that a feature like this will be instituted in the short-term?

    I note that I can connect my Nexus10 effortlessly over USB with my Win 8 desktop machine, but have not yet tried it to connect it with the Surface 2.

    Thanks!
     
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    Phone 8 has a Modern UI App for you to manage it, music pictures and files, works on x86 or RT.
     
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    Thanks. For some reason I was always under the impression that the Windows Phone app did not work on ARM. Now the remaining question is looking through the Surface 2 by hooking it up to my Win 8 desktop machine? Is this possible? Thanks in advance.
     
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    From what I have worked out (my Surface 2 is tucked away unopened so I have some excitement on Christmas morning ;) ), you can use Remote Desktop if your main PC is running Windows Pro - then you can appear to run desktop applications from your Surface. Or you can network the Surface over wifi (or with the ethernet adapter) and then open any compatible files.
     
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    Yep...that's what I know too. But it would be nice to also be able to connect the Surface to a desktop machine through a simple USB cable. I am not sure this is possible. Will try it as soon as get back into my study.
     
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    This is one of the areas that the Surface RT/2 is in that uneasy middle ground, as it treated as any other Windows Computer but is still a companion device for many. But the MS vision is SkyDrive and/or SkyDrive Pro for this functionality.
     
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    Hmmm...thanks. MS's assumption here is not on sound ground in my opinion. What if there are no connectivity options? Or, what if connectivity is not good enough and I want to move, say 2-3 GB of videos/ music? You see what I mean!!!!
     
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    I use a Network Attached Storage Device on my Home Network for central storage for all of us. Also this where having the ability to move files and folders via a USB Drive adds that additional functionality.
     
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    I see. But wouldn't the RT consider the desktop machine as a USB device (with some added functionality) or vice versa?
     
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    RT isn't considered a portable device like a phone, MP3 player, etc..
     
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    Hmmm...OK. Thanks. Perhaps I should load up some of my media files in a portable HDD and add that to the gear that I carry with me all the time.
     

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