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Microsoft releases official Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS

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Microsoft releases official Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS
If you've been hoping for an official app to help control your PC from your Windows Phone, you are going to have to wait a while longer, because while Microsoft has released an official Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS, there is no version for Microsoft's own Windows Phone platform. The press release for the app also mentions versions for Windows RT, Windows, and MacOS, but no Windows Phone option. Granted, the Xbox SmartGlass app will let you do some things on your PC from your Windows Phone (or Android or iOS device), but it isn't a full remote desktop solution, and there are third-party solutions in the Windows Phone Store, so there are options available.

The new Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that Microsoft has been using for quite a while, and it will be able to connect to any PC that has Remote Desktop turned on in the Settings. The app is available for both phones and tablets on both platforms, but obviously using a phone for full desktop control can be a bit cramped. Of course, the new Start screen does work quite well on any size screen. 

The Remote Desktop app has many of the features you might expect with an on-screen keyboard, and even quick-links to various PC resources. One odd limitation of the app is that it can't automatically detect remote capable PCs on your network, so you have to have the device's IP address in order to connect. 

Remote Desktop is available now for both Android and iOS. It supports phones and tablets running either Android 2.2 or higher or iOS 6.0 or higher. 

Download: Remote Desktop (Android & iOS)

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posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:39 5

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


It seems like even Microsoft dev's love Android and IOS more than their own platform. Me too. ;/

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 00:58 4

2. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Its just services bro........... -,-

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 02:34

8. Topcat488 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


The new Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

This ain't just services dude,,, you know how M$ only have limited time, in the dev dept., like the rest of the OEM, time is money. But have no worries because the article says:

and there are third-party solutions in the Windows Phone Store, so there are options available.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 03:01

10. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Yea true ,true

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 03:32 1

11. ianbbaa (Posts: 200; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


I am working on RDP only more than 2 years already - has my server with all the working stuff sit at home and recently switched to NOTE 8 with Jump Desktop is great "Windows" tablet...i personally like on Jump Desktop RDP that i can set my preferred resolution of RDP stream, so i use more than native 1280x800 of my NOTE 8. Gonna try this MS app, but it was pain in the ass of official WIN8 RDP app on my old Win8 touch tablet that i could not go more than native resolution of the PC where i was running the RDP session.
Even this post I write via rdp on my note8+JumpDesktop.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:05 2

3. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Already downloaded and tried. Works well, could use some tweaks to make the experience on a small screen better. On a tablet it should be a great experience.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:09 1

4. valapsp (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


It's very choppy and I dont know why!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 02:36 1

9. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Maybe you need to stop any other downloads on the same WiFi link.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:21 4

5. androiphone20 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I read that Samsung has announced they
are building a new circular shaped campus
building.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 01:34 3

6. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Lololol

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 02:21 2

7. Topcat488 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I don't know what Samsung has to do with THIS article, but if that were true, you should've copied and pasted, to prove your point...

If it was a joke, you should've ended with a "lol".

If it was just to "troll", well then, you did a good job. :)

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 08:52

12. Sakeem (Posts: 248; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Nice! Going to try this now on my phone. Can't wait to try it on the Nexus 10 2013 edition once it comes out. Hopefully this will make my job a little bit easier.

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