Work Folders for iOS – iPhone Release


We are happy to announce that an iPhone app for Work Folders has been released into the Apple AppStore® and is available as a free download.

– There also is a
Work Folders app for iPad.



Work Folders is a Windows Server feature that allows individual employees to access their files securely from inside and outside the corporate environment. This app connects to it and enables file access on an Apple iPhone and iPad. Work Folders enables this while allowing the organization’s IT department to fully secure that data.

This app for iOS features an intuitive UI, selective sync, end-to-end encryption, search and in-app file viewing.
It also integrates well with Windows Intune to fully complete the most important mobile device management scenarios around corporate data on mobile devices.



image 1 – file browser 


Work Folders App on iOS – Features

  • Pin files for offline viewing.

  • Saves iPhone storage space by fully showing all available files but locally storing and keeping in sync only the files you care about.

  • Files are stored encrypted at all times. On the wire and at rest on the device.

  • Access to the app is protected by an app passcode – keeping others out even if the iPhone is left unlocked and unattended.

  • Allows for DIGEST and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) authentication mechanisms including multi factor authentication.

  • Search for files and folders

  • View your files right inside the app with a built-in viewer for many file types.
  • Open files in other apps that might be specialized to work with a certain file type. 
    Further integration with Windows Intune allows for a pleasant user experience when a managed app is required to have an App-Pin.
    • IT admins can use Windows Intune to lock down this ability or the use copy/paste outside unmanaged apps.
  • In this case the Work Folders App-Pin experience is substituted with a consistent App-Pin across all managed apps on the device.
  • Remote wipe can now affect the Work Folders file content without having to remove the app itself or even reset the device.
    This drastically improves user experience in the event that such a command is issued from the Intune portal for this user/device.



image 2 – integrated file viewer



image 3 – settings 


image 4 – search 


Blogs and Links

If you’re interested in learning more about Work Folders, here are some great resources:

–      Nir Ben Zvi introduced Work Folders on Windows Server 2012 R2.

–      Work Folders for iOS help

–      Work Folders for Windows 7 SP1: Check out this post by Jian Yan on the File Cabinet blog.

–      Roiy Zysman posted a great list of Work Folders resources in this blog.

–      See this Q&A With Fabian Uhse, Program Manager for Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2

–      Also, check out these posts about how to setup a Work Folders test lab, certificate management,
       and tips on running Work Folders on Windows Failover Clusters.

–      Using Work Folders with IIS websites or the Windows Server Essentials Role (Resolving Port Conflicts)



All the goods


Introduction and Getting Started

–       Introducing Work Folders on Windows Server 2012 R2

–       Work Folders Overview on TechNet

–       Designing a Work Folders Implementation on TechNet

–       Deploying Work Folders on TechNet

–       Work folders FAQ (Targeted for Work Folders end users)

–       Work Folders Q&A

–       Work Folders Powershell Cmdlets

–       Work Folders Test Lab Deployment

–       Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 — Work Folders

–       Work Folders for Windows 7



Advanced Work Folders Deployment and Management

–       Work Folders interoperability with other file server technologies

–       Performance Considerations for Work Folders Deployments

–       Windows Server 2012 R2 – Resolving Port Conflict with IIS Websites and Work Folders

–       A new user attribute for Work Folders server Url

–       Work Folders Certificate Management

–       Work Folders on Clusters

–       Monitoring Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders Deployments.

–       Deploying Work Folders with AD FS and Web Application Proxy (WAP)

–       Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Work Folders in a Virtual Machine in Windows Azure




–       Windows Server Work Folders Overview: My Corporate Data on All of My Devices

–       Windows Server Work Folders – a Deep Dive into the New Windows Server Data Sync Solution

–       Work Folders on Channel 9

–       Work Folders iPad reveal – TechEd Europe 2014  (in German)

–    LATEST:   Work Folders on the "Edge Show"  (iPad + iPhone video, English)