As you will all know, Microsoft recently released Windows 8.1, but they have also released an app which has managed to kind of fly under the radar a bit, due to all of the 8.1 coverage – a Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android. This neat little app brings the world of Windows to your tablets and phones, regardless of platform.
If you are a reader of this site, you don’t need me to explain to you what a Remote Desktop app does. However, it is not only busy business people on the go who can benefit from this app. Personal users away from home can also log in and view their desktop from their phone or tablet – absolutely free of charge. Remote access is not something new by any stretch of the imagination, but this is the first time Microsoft has released such an app to run on operating systems which are not their own.
This is what Remote Desktop looks like on an Android tablet to give you some idea of how good it looks.
The Windows PC that you want to access will need to also be running Remote Desktop – but as a host. Microsoft has set up a brief tutorial on their website here.
Among the features listed, they include “high quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage“, and the iOS app seemingly has an “easy connection to external monitors or projectors for presentations”. That feature is not listed for Android, so let’s hope it gets added in the future.
If you download this, let us know in the comments how easy it was to set up, and what you think of the speed and picture quality.