Microsoft preps native Remote Desktop apps for Android, iOS


— 3:27 PM on October 9, 2013

There's already a wealth of a Remote Desktop clients out for iOS and Android. But later this month, Microsoft will introduce official Remote Desktop clients for both mobile operating systems. The company snuck the announcement into a press release about "enterprise cloud solutions," which reads in part:

Further, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, available for download in application stores later this month, to provide easy access to PCs and virtual desktops on a variety of devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android.

The folks at Engadget were able to glean more details. Quoting Microsoft's Michel Roth, they say the upcoming Remote Desktop apps will support iOS 6 and Android 2.3 (a.k.a. Gingerbread) upward. They add that the OS X version of the Remote Desktop client has "undergone a major overhaul."

I run Windows 8 Pro on my main desktop PC, so I really ought to be using some kind of Remote Desktop client on my phone. I'm not, though. For some reason, I never took the time to sift through the various iOS RDP clients out there. If the official Microsoft client is free and solidly built, I might finally be able to take the plunge—no trial and error required.

   
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