Microsoft commits to Remote Desktop app for WP8, though it doesn’t sound like it wants to
Yesterday evening, we got a little surprise from Microsoft, learning about the company’s new Remote Desktop Protocol apps for iOS and Android. While it was cool to see Microsoft reaching out to those platforms like that, and giving them an official MS RDP client, it’s not like third party clients weren’t already available, make the news more of a curiosity than a full-blown sensation. But maybe the most interesting thing isn’t what we got, but what we didn’t; while Microsoft was hooking iOS and Android up with Remote Desktop apps, where was Windows Phone?
The Next Web got an answer out of Microsoft, but it doesn’t sound like the company is very enthusiastic about such an app. It responded, “remote desktop on phones is a relatively rare usage scenario,” continuing, “that said, we are working on a version of the app for Windows Phone. We’ll be able to share timeframe at a later point in time.”
Read between the lines there, and it almost sounds like an (unintentional?) jab at Windows Phone itself. That is, “we’re not really too excited about RDP apps in the first place, but we still took the time to make them for the larger mobile platforms; a WP8 app just isn’t high-priority.” Maybe that’s just us, though.