Microsoft released Windows 8.1 today, and to coincide with the launch it has released a first-party remote desktop app on Android and iOS. Just like many other third-party remote desktop offerings, Microsoft Remote Desktop lets you connect to a remote PC from your phone or tablet anywhere you have an internet connection.
The app offers a solid set of features, including multi-touch and gesture support, giving a better way to interact with touch-enabled devices when viewing Windows 8 desktops. Additionally, the app provides a secure connection using Network Layer Authentication. Microsoft claims that video and sound streaming from remote devices are improved by compression as well.
The Remote Desktop Protocol has been in effect with Microsoft operating systems since Windows XP, allowing administrators to remotely connect to machines. There are plenty of existing clients from third parties available for both Android and iOS, but we imagine that there’s a sizable contingent out there which will simply prefer a more “official” solution, and that is just what we get today.
Both Android and iOS apps are free, and both support tablets, which is going to make working with a PC screen a whole lot easier. Setup is a little dry and technical, requiring you to manually enter info about the desired PC, but it’s pretty straightforward.