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]


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