Microsoft takes RDP to Android, iOS, but not Windows Phone

Summary:A seamless Microsoft remote desktop experience between your Windows Phone and Windows desktop? It isn't happening.

Microsoft has introduced a new remote desktop application for iOS and Android, but not its own Windows Phone platform.

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Although a number of applications have taken advantage of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to allow their own clients to connect to Windows PCs and servers, Microsoft had not created a native app until now.

First noticed by The Next Web, Microsoft released its Microsoft Remote Desktop applications to the Apple App Store and the Google Play store, but not its own Windows Phone store.

The announcement of these apps was made earlier this month, buried in a press release announcing a number of enterprise cloud products.

The single mention of the app says that its Remote Desktop application will be available on "Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android," but makes no mention of Windows Phone.

ZDNet contacted Australian representatives for Microsoft to clarify whether Windows Phone would receive its own version of the app in the future, but had not received a response at the time of writing.

Topics: Microsoft


A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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