Microsoft releases official Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS

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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12 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

2. NAWF_SIDE

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

8. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

10. NAWF_SIDE

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Yea true ,true

11. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

3. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

It's very choppy and I dont know why!

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

5. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

6. NAWF_SIDE

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Lololol

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 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. :)

12. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 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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