Microsoft Launches Remote Desktop App for Android and iOS

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Microsoft Launches Remote Desktop App for Android and iOSMicrosoft has released a Remote Desktop for Android and iOS, giving users the chance to access their Windows desktops remotely from anywhere in the world.

The free app, which has been rolled out by Microsoft with nothing in the way of promotion, will offer great benefits to anyone that regularly needs to access Windows resources on the move. The release is aimed particularly at business users; however, the fact that it allows access to files photos and documents means that it will be pretty handy to anyone that uses a Windows PC – which is quite a lot of people!

Microsoft says that the Android and iOS apps will offer a multi-touch experience through the company’s remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX, which will support Windows gestures on your device.

Using the remote desktop it will be possible for users to securely connect with their applications and data thanks to inclusion of network layer authentication (NLA) technology and a connection center that promotes easy management of all remote connections. The app also supports high-quality video and sound streaming, and Microsoft claims that compression and bandwidth usage has been improved for a better service.

Remote access is nothing new for Microsoft; however, this is the first time that such functionality has been made available to devices that are not running the Windows operating system. Given just how useful the apps are likely to prove for Android and iOS users, it is surprising that Microsoft has chosen not to publicize them in anyway other than a brief mention in a recent press release. One suggestion for this, though, could be a willingness to keep eyes focused on the integration between Windows desktops and Windows Phone 8.

Whatever Redmond’s reasons for keeping the releases quiet, the Microsoft Remote Desktop apps are here and available to download now. You can get your app from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store now.

– Anthony Carter


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