Microsoft has just released a new application to the App Store that will let Windows users access their files and control their computer from wherever they are. This app, Remote Desktop, is nothing new to Microsoft’s repertoire, and is actually available for OS X when you install Microsoft’s Office suite of applications. It requires iOS 6 and up (and is designed for iOS 7 if you are updated), and has the following feature list according to the iTunes description:
•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
Newer version for Android, Windows, and Windows RT are expected shortly. Of course, this isn’t what everyone is waiting for. What everyone wants (or at least those business minded users) is a touch friendly version of Microsoft’s Office for iPad, which soon-to-be-former CEO Steve Ballmer has said will come after a touch optimized version is developed for Windows, so it is only a matter of time. If you are a Windows user looking to control your computer using this, you can get the app in the App Store now for free here: Microsoft Remote Desktop.
What do you think? Are you going to use this? Glad Microsoft is paying attention to iOS users? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.