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10-09-2013, 11:21 PM #1
Microsoft Said to Bring Remote Desktop Apps to iOS and OS X
Microsoft is said to be making it easier for iOS and OS X device owners to interface remotely with Windows Servers and Windows machines as the company recently announced that a new Microsoft Remote Desktop app will see release later this month. The announced ended up being understated, taking up just one sentence in the course of a larger Microsoft press release on enterprise cloud solutions. That being said, Thincomputing noted that it is “a pretty big deal,” as it signals Microsoft’s seriousness about the bring-your-own-device trend.
The release states that Microsoft Remote Desktop will be seeing a release on iOS, OS X, Android, Windows and Windows RT. The software giant will push the app to the necessary app stores later in October. Reportedly, the apps are said to be feature rich and quite advanced. The iOS Remote Desktop app will reportedly support both iOS 6 and iOS 7, with the Android version said to support versions of Android all the way back to 2.2 Gingerbread. The OS X version will reportedly give all of the functionality that a user would expect from a desktop app, with “seamless windows” interaction and “application portals.”
The Remote Desktop app is the latest in a trend that has seen Microsoft going against tradition in adapting to the post-PC computing landscape. While its Windows platform has struggled to gain market share in the mobile segment, Android and iOS have taken that segment over and Microsoft seems to be under considerable pressure to port its Office productivity suite to those platforms. The outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer even recently revealed that a touch-optimized version of Office is in the works for Apple’s iPad but such a version will not appear on Apple’s platform until it has seen release on Microsoft’s own mobile offerings.
Source: Microsoft, Thincomputing
10-10-2013, 07:55 AM #2
Rdc has been a part of office/Mac for quite some time now. At least since 2011.
10-10-2013, 11:24 AM #3
Once again Microsoft is late to the party.