Today, Microsoft unveiled a set of new remote desktop applications for iPhone and iPad users – any iOS device running iOS 6.0 or later. The small app lets anyone with an iPhone dial home and access their Windows PCs from afar. Remote desktop apps on the iPhone aren’t anything new – companies like LogMeIn and Splashtop have made waves with new ways of accessing things remotely.
Still, there’s something to be said for having Microsoft get into the game officially.
Using the Microsoft-produced app does get you a few benefits 3rd party options might not, such as Windows 8 gestures, external displays, secure connection tunnels, and more.
Unlike some of the 3rd party apps, Windows RDC users may need to set up a few extra steps, such as forwarding the ports in their routers, or signing up for a dynamic DNS service, that 3rd party apps don’t require. That’s because the Microsoft app delivers a direct connection to your remote computer, without going through someone else’s server.
The new app is available now – for free – in the iTunes app store. It joins a previously released version for OS X listed in the Mac App Store some time ago.