Microsoft debuts Remote Desktop for iOS alongside Windows 8.1 launch

Alongside todays launch of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has debuted its previously announced Remote Desktop apps for both iOS and Android. Perhaps late to the party, Microsoft's free app is designed to get you onto your PC from wherever you are. The feature list:

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to external monitors or projectors for presentations

There's no shortage of remote desktop options for iPhone and iPad users, but if you're teamed up with a Windows 8 machine then this might be just the ticket. And better still, unlike some other solutions, this one is free. Grab it from the App Store now at the link below. Does this scratch a particular itch for you?

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Reader comments

Microsoft debuts Remote Desktop for iOS alongside Windows 8.1 launch


The MS RDP client for Windows 8 lacks several features that are critical for a tablet environment, like pinch-to-zoom and an on-screen keyboard that appears when you tap in a field that needs text input. Wouldn't it be ironic if MS's iOS RDP client behaved llike every other iOS RDP client and had pinch-to-zoom and automatic keyboard popup?

And then to know it is based on itap mobile rdp client who had a much richer feature set. You can see some aspects such a the icon for disconnect or the two finger icon back in the app.

I'd like some help. I'm not a computer specialist, and this RD Client seems impossible for me to even connect, because it's been a week now and I can't find the correct configuration. I don't even know what the words "gateway", "domain", credentials" mean... Where can I find these intel, so I can do it?

Can someone please send me a full tutorial, so I can acctually test the app?

Thanks in advance!