As smartphone software becomes more and more versatile, and phone hardware grows more powerful, it’s becoming increasingly likely for people to find themselves asking, “do I really need a separate computer anymore?” Still, many of us cling to our full-sized PCs, and even with all this “cloud” jazz being so hip at the moment, sometimes we still need to connect directly to our machine at home, performing tasks or retrieving files. There are tons of ways to do so – don’t get us wrong: there’s nothing new about the general idea of using your phone to connect to your PC – but today we see a new solution from a familiar name, as Microsoft releases its Remote Desktop for iOS and Android.
The Remote Desktop Protocol has been in effect with Microsoft operating systems since Windows XP, allowing administrators to remotely connect to machines. There are plenty of existing clients from third parties available for both Android and iOS, but we imagine that there’s a sizable contingent out there which will simply prefer a more “official” solution, and that is just what we get today.
Both Android and iOS apps are free, and both support tablets, which is going to make working with a PC screen a whole lot easier. Setup is a little dry and technical, requiring you to manually enter info about the desired PC, but it’s pretty straightforward.