A little over a week ago Microsoft announced that its Remote Desktop app would be coming to iOS and Android soon. Today the app has been launched for both platforms. The roll out of this app coincides with that of Windows Server 2012 R2, and the app is also available on Windows, Windows RT and OS X. As rumored, the iOS app supports both iOS 6 and iOS 7. Android users will at least need Gingerbread under the hood for this app to be compatible with their devices. What does the Microsoft Remote Desktop app do? Its simple. It lets users control their Windows PC using their smartphone or tablet.


The apps offers a number of features, such as high quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage, secure connections to all data and apps on a local machine through Network Layer Authentication technology, a connection center for management of all remote connections, a Remote Desktop Gateway that provides access to remote resources and more. Both apps are now live in the Google Play Store and App Store for Android and iOS respectively. They’re available as a free download, so that’s an added incentive to check out the app if you’re interested in remotely controlling your Windows computer.

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