Will Verduzco · Apr 23, 2014 at 06:00 pm

Microsoft Finally Brings Remote Desktop to Windows Phone

You may recall that back in October of last year, Microsoft released its official Remote Desktop client for Android and iOS. Curiously absent was a client for its own mobile platform, Windows Phone. Today, this changes, as Microsoft has just released an open preview of its remote desktop client for Windows Phone.

Microsoft’s first party Remote Desktop client works much in the same way as the existing Android and iOS clients. The setup interface is Metro UI-friendly, just as one would expect, but the supported features are nearly identical. This includes the same support for RemoteFX, which leverages the power of the client device’s GPU to perform local rendering for a smoother overall experience, as well as a full multi-touch experience on supported Windows 8 host computers. The new Windows Phone Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client also supports Network Level Authentication for greater security when connecting to a host computer running Windows Vista and higher, as well as a streamlined Command Center to access all of your remote connections.

There’s only one major “downside” with today’s release, and it’s that you must be running Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview, which was released just one week ago. But since users are able to update to the preview build free of charge, this is hardly a major issue.

It’s strange to see Windows Phone take a bit of a back seat to Android and iOS with regards to Microsoft’s own first party apps. That said, this is better late than never. If you’re running WP8.1 developer preview and you wish to try out Microsoft’s first party RDP solution, head over to the source link below and give it a shot. Then, be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

[Source: Microsoft Windows Phone Store]


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!

Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
Jimmy McGee · May 29, 2015 at 06:00 am · no comments

Android M Preview Images – XDA TV

Android M preview images are available. That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement of Google's Project Tango going on sale and be sure to check out the article talking about Google's Roboto font going open source. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK...

XDA NEWS
Mathew Brack · May 28, 2015 at 09:59 pm · 6 comments

I/O Summary: How Android M Handles Power And Charging

In the spirit of improving the core Android experience, Google is changing Android M to be smarter about managing power. Their new Doze feature comprises of two primary roles which allow Android to use motion detection in order to predict activity, and go into deep sleep at the right time based on accelerometer readings.   In order to extend your screen off battery life, Android M will now monitor your activity levels and if it detects that your device has...

XDA NEWS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · May 28, 2015 at 09:51 pm · 3 comments

I/O Summary: Google Photos App

At I/O 2015, Google tackled the information problem in mobile once more, this time through pictures: “how incredible is it that we all have a camera in our pockets at any moment? (...) These moments tell your story (...)[but] taking more pictures and videos makes it harder to relieve memories due to the sheer volume”. This is why they are revamping Google Photos and centering it around 3 big ideas:   Creating a home for all photos and videos that is...

XDA NEWS
Share This