Like many, Armedia has customers who are upgrading their desktop computing environments from Windows XP to Windows 7 (Did anyone use Vista?). We recently ran into an interesting situation with one such customer who was using a customized WebDAV solution to allow users to quickly retrieve and edit documents from a back-end content management system. Their WebDAV solution had worked flawlessly for years with Windows XP, but with Windows 7, two really annoying problems cropped up. The first was that the user was prompted to authenticate with the WebDAV server three times. The second problem was that even after authentication (3x), documents were always retrieved in read-only mode and could not be saved back to the repository. Thus started the adventure to make WebDAV work with Windows 7.
After searching Google and other sources, two things became apparent:
- lots of people were having issues with WebDAV and Windows 7
- no one was using WebDAV quite the way we were.