Thanks to everyone who joined me for my Boston Code Camp 23 presentation. Shuffling data around is a core responsibility of any serious computing platform. Windows Universal really goes above and beyond the mundane call of duty with consistency and utility. It’s part of what makes the Windows client platform a true “cloud car”, especially with its Backup, Roaming Settings / Folders, and Roaming Password Vault capabilities as native functionality… all from the Windows.Storage namespace.
For the individual who asked what encryption level the Windows Password Vault functionality uses, I looked it up, and it’s 128bit AES encryption. Stern stuff there.
Another question came up about app backups. As I said in the presentation, the content of the Local storage is backed up automatically to the cloud by the OS. (Isn’t that fantastic?!)
Likewise, as mentioned, the Temporary storage is excluded from backups.
One detail I missed however… the LocalCache storage area. LocalCache is like Local except that it is not backed up. LocalCache differs from Temporary storage in that the OS will not wipe it as it occasionally does the Temporary storage. Next time I do this presentation, I’ll make sure to update it to discuss LocalCache.
Here’s a comparison of the storage options available to developers in the 8.1/universal platform. Note that each user on a device gets their own app-specific sandbox *and* OneDrive space for each installed app.
|Type||Availability||Limits||Settings hashtable||Backed Up By OS||Sync’d to all App / User / Devices by OS||Encryption||Wiped By OS if space is low||Uri prefix||Suggested use|
|Install Package||Universal||Static/ReadOnly Media from Install||No||No||No||Sandboxed||No||ms-appx://||Version specific static app media|
|Local||Universal||Available free storage||Yes||Yes||No||Sandboxed||No||ms-appdata:///local/||General|
|Local Cache||Windows Phone Only||Available free storage||Yes||No||No||Sandboxed||No||Persistent cache|
|Temporary||Universal||Available free storage||Yes||No||No||Sandboxed||Yes||ms-appdata:///temp||Semi-persistent cache|
|SD/Removable||Universal||Available free storage||No||No||No||None||No||Removable/general|
|Roaming||Universal||100k||Yes||(by virtue of roaming)||Yes||Cloud Partitioned||No||ms-appdata:///roaming||Roaming settings|
|Password Vault||Universal||100k (included in Roaming)||Password-friendly structure||(by virtue of roaming)||Yes||Cloud Partioned + 128bit AES||No||Roaming credentials /OAuth tokens|
I asked my stunt audience (the kids) later what my presentation had been about. I was glad to know at least one of them had gotten it right.
They were inspired, though, and that’s the important part.
I hope you found inspiration in technology from both the day and maybe in some small part from my presentation.