Microsoft RDP App for Android and iOSToday Microsoft has released an official Remote Desktop client for Android and iOS. The new app lets you connect to Windows desktops and servers from your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet.

There are a number of RDP apps already available for both mobile platforms, but an official version is a welcome addition to any administrator’s toolbox.

The app allows users to remotely access Windows desktops and servers from some of the most popular mobile operating systems. Oddly there isn’t a Windows Phone version available.

Controlling a Windows desktop on a small screen is fairly clumsy, but Microsoft has built in a neat system which replicates a touchpad for fine input. The app is also optimised for Windows 8 which essentially turns your iPad or Android device into a Windows 8 tablet.

But it’s not just administrators who will have a use for Microsoft’s new app. Teachers can also use it to access common Windows based software without mobile alternatives. Using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Gateway, which makes accessing individual  remote applications simpler for the end user, desktop software like Microsoft Office, Windows Explorer, and MIS systems like SIMS much easier to access without paying for costly third party software.

Head over to the Google Play Store or App Store to download the app for free.


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Karl is an award winning Director of IT for the Royal Grammar School Guildford, based near London, England. He has been working in education for more than ten years and founded ClassThink in 2013 to share technology best practice with other schools. In 2014 he won the NAACE Impact Award for support services in schools, and writes edtech articles for Education Executive Magazine.

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