Microsoft Remote Desktop for iPad and iPhone hit the App Store yesterday. This app is the iOS version of Microsoft’s Remote Desktop application – which allows you to connect to remote Windows computers.
Here’s a slice of the App Store description for the new app:
With the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.
•Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
•Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures
•Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
•Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
•High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
•Easy connection to external monitors or projectors for presentations
I installed the app last night and have tried it out a bit since then. I have to say, not surprisingly, it’s a pretty poor effort from Microsoft. Connecting to anything other than a Windows 8 machine offers a very poor experience with nothing optimized for use on a mobile device at all.
I’ve seen and used a number of remote apps for iPad that are far better than Microsoft Remote Desktop. This one just looks a bit like Microsoft ‘mailed it in’ – which reflects their overall approach to the mobile space for many years now, and it doesn’t bode well for their long-delayed, coming sometime, Office for iOS and mobile.