FOLLOWING GOOGLE'S RELEASE of its remote desktop access app for Android this week, Microsoft has announced a preview of its own Remote Desktop (RDP) app for Windows Phone 8.1.
Writing on the Microsoft developer blog MSDN, programme manager David Belanger told readers, "We are excited to give you a first look at this client with best of class performance and security including Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.1 and RemoteFX.
"You can experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are."
The app, which allows full control of a remote computer using the touchscreen to emulate mouse gestures with the cursor, supports Network Layer Authentication (NLA) encryption and uses it as standard, warning users if the server they are connecting to uses a weaker legacy connection.
Multiple desktops are supported, and once credentials are used once users can set up a PIN code for quicker access in the future without compromising security in the event the mobile device gets pinched.
The service is compatible with Windows Client and Windows Server systems back as far as Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista, with no support for Remote Desktop Gateway or Remote Desktop Connection Broker, though these are set to be added later.
The blog post also promises upcoming support for VPN and Remote Resources when the product is released later this year.
The Windows Phone 8.1 preview is available from the Windows Phone Store. It joins clients for Windows, Mac OS X and the recently released iOS and Android apps. µ