Microsoft recently announced the launch of its new Windows app that enables remote access to Windows PCs and cloud-hosted desktops from iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and more.
The app enables secure remote connectivity to devices running Windows 365, Azure Virtual Desktop, and personal remote desktops.
Announced at the Microsoft Ignite 2023 conference
Microsoft unveiled the Windows app release at its Ignite 2023 conference for developers and IT professionals. The app is now available in preview form for iOS, Windows, macOS, the web, and select other platforms.
The Windows app presents a unified experience for remotely connecting to multiple Windows environments, such as Windows 365 cloud PCs and enterprise-hosted virtual desktops. Users can access remote desktops and even individual remote applications through the app.
Key features offer flexible remote access
The Windows app provides several key capabilities for seamless remote access, including:
- Access remote local or cloud PCs from anywhere with an Internet connection.
- Launch applications directly from the Windows Application Launcher without a full remote desktop.
- Easy setup of remote PC connections right from the app.
- Support for using multiple monitors while remotely connected to a PC.
- Secure encrypted connections to safeguard sensitive company data.
- Support for universal platforms on devices such as iPhone, iPad and Android.
How to use the Windows application?
Using the Windows app involves three easy steps:
- Download the app from the store on your device.
- Configure the remote PC or virtual desktop to allow connections.
- Add a remote connection or workspace through the app and connect.
Benefits for remote workers
The Windows app offers important benefits for remote employees by allowing:
- Access desktops and work files from anywhere with your phone or tablet.
- Greater productivity when traveling or out of the office.
- A consistent and seamless remote work experience across all devices.
- Improved security against public PCs in shared spaces.
- Reduction of hardware costs by relying on virtual desktops.
Future roadmap improvements
The Windows app will no longer see new feature updates for older Windows-only versions. Microsoft recommends users transition to the new cross-platform Windows app for a full experience in the future.
The company hints that Android support, currently still in preview, will be formally launched soon. Other improvements, such as streaming remote desktop video to devices and using mobile device cameras as webcams, are also on the horizon.
As remote work evolves, Microsoft is positioning the Windows app as an essential tool for accessing business environments and cloud PCs from anywhere. The unified approach helps simplify the fragmented remote work landscape for end users.
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