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Earlier this month, Microsoft issued a press release detailing its plans for a number of software releases this fall. Among the titles mentioned was a new Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android, which it said was coming later this month.

And today, Microsoft made good on that promise. The official Remote Desktop app has landed in both Apple and Google app stores, giving Windows users the ability to access their Windows machines from their smartphones and tablets…

With the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, you can remotely connect to any compatible Windows PC from almost anywhere. The connection is completely secure, and the app supports [compressed] high quality video and audio streaming.

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Here are some of the app’s top features:

– Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
– Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures
– Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
– Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
– High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage 
– Easy connection to external monitors or projectors for presentations

As a Mac user, this doesn’t mean much to me. But it looks great, and I wish Apple would do something similar for OS X users. I know there are hundreds of remote apps available (I use Splashtop), but I imagine it could be done better.

If you’re a Windows user, this seems like a no-brainer. The app is completely free, works on both the iPhone and iPad, and is available now. If you’re interested, you can find Microsoft Remote Desktop in the App Store by clicking here.

  • Σαλαη αββας

    Does it work with Windows 7

    • omrishtam

      yeah same question…i hate windows 8 :

    • AltF5

      Obviously yes, lol. In the App Store, it’s called “Microsoft Remote Desktop”. Honestly it is not very user friendly as it is hard to move, and I don’t know yet how to switch between monitors (only displays the main). Seems hard to use on the iPhone 5 (my iPad is at home so I cant try it yet). Works well for my Win7 box through my DynDns via portforwarded port on router. 2x used the native RD Protocol for at least 2 years now, so MS is a bit late to the game. LMI is the most user friendly though, with TeamViewer not far behind. Im honestly not a big fan of the other remote tools I have tried (like Splashtop, RealVNC, or iTeleport). Mainly stick to LMI and TV. But nice to have options with this.

      Just to clarify, this will work with any RDP-enabled OS (like XP and such, because this app is using their protocol)… its not like MS is going to limit this to call some remote RDP function for returning the OS version and then say some error message like “Sorry, even though I can connect to your OS, its not Win8, so please buy it.” That would be dumb.

      • Dany Quirion

        Do you know how to set it up? I tried and doesnt work, so if you can help me out thx

      • AltF5

        Over WAN or LAN? LAN no port forwarding is needed, and simply use the IP Address or computer name. WAN you need to port forward, use your router’s IP (AKA DDNS) and type in the opened external port that you used to forward to TCP 3389 internally (and you should have Static DHCP / ARP setup too). For OS setup simply do: Win + Break –> Remote Settings –> Allow connections from this computer running any version of Remote Desktop… you can also specify the option below too.

      • mahe

        in a RDP-session there is only one screen 🙂

    • Maged Zaghloul

      team viewer

    • xSeriouSx

      It probably works with XP and up ’cause Remote Desktop has been available in Windows since the XP days.

  • chepeloni

    logmein, for years

    • J M

      Myself as well, I’m curious how this compares to LogMeIn. Certainly, the ability for me to access it via a web interface is big, but curious about the capabilities for the iOS software vs. LogMeIn’s software.

  • Steve Norris

    Tested it just now.. Works fine with Windows 7… Better than fine.. This is amazing for a free product.. I use iTapRDP and might switch.. The only drawback is I am used to iTaps pinch zoom, this program uses a point to zoom button that will take time to get used to.

    • Gabbyh28

      Hey can you give me an explenatiion how to set it up?

  • Markus Hudobnik

    How do you set it up?

  • Alex Marwaha

    what do you type in for password and username? which one?

    • AltF5

      Windows account

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    As far as I know this only works with Windows. Splashtop is better as its cross platform or even just plain old VNC or RDP…

  • Devam

    Spalshtop FTW!

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    LogmeIn is much better for me

  • michael bian

    How to set it up?