Want to remotely connect your iPad, iPhone or Android device to a Windows PC from afar? There have been a number of third-party methods to do this, but now Microsoft is providing a free one too.

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Until Microsoft releases a touch-optimized version of Office for iPad, the next best solution might be the new Remote Desktop app for iOS. Microsoft released the free software on Thursday for iOS and Android, allowing users to remotely connect and control a Windows PC from a phone or tablet.

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There are a number of uses for such a product but the first one that came to my mind was using Office on an iPad via the Remote Desktop client. Microsoft is working on a version of Office for Apple’s tablet but there’s no release date information yet available. The new software could also find a home in enterprises that have adopted iOS and Android devices to supplement existing PCs.

While there have been numerous similar solutions from third parties, it’s nice to see Microsoft starting to support other platforms with this effort. Why it took so long, I don’t know.

It’s almost as if by delivering a Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android, Microsoft is finally admitting these two platforms are becoming more relevant by the day. Would native Office apps for non-Windows devices be more welcome? Sure, but at least this gives a taste of what’s yet to come. And the Metro-style apps for Windows 8 are already touch optimized, so using them remotely on a tablet is an added bonus.

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  1. Summary: “but no Microsoft is providing a free one too.”
    I believe you meant now?

    Otherwise, thanks for the information!

    1. You are correct. Thanks! :)

  2. Melinda Venable Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Awww. This is kind of like back when flying in an airplane meant you had an excuse to not answer email or work. Now there’s no excuse not to work even when you’re relaxing with your iPad.

    1. Melinda, just don’t TELL anyone you brought your iPad on the flight. ;)

  3. Hmm, so do I need my own domain to use this?

  4. is it good app?

  5. Does this work with Windows 7? Neither the article nor the Play page says.

    I’ll give it a try because my old remote software quit working with Windows Media Center after an update (Microsoft update??).

  6. It takes a bit of setting up but it works well enough. Accessed my Windows 7 laptop from the iPad and the Tesco Hudl. On the whole I prefer Splashtop.

    1. I have windows 8 and can’t figure out how to set it up. Help me out?

  7. Super happy till I saw the error “The requested session access is denied”
    Does anyone know how to fix it ?


    1. have you enabled remote desktop connections on the machine you’re connecting to? Also make sure your user account you are using to connect has permissions on the machine to log on remotely (if you’re using an admin account this should be automatic).

  8. Jonathan Gardner Friday, October 18, 2013

    Or get Office 365 and get native apps for these platforms…

  9. Check out my illustrated tutorial for the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Android on a Tronsmart MK809 MiniPC at http://android-minipc.azurewebsites.net/index.php/2013/10/using-microsofts-remote-desktop-app-with-a-tronsmart-mk908-minipc/.

  10. Plz help me I whant Internet on my android Ipad plz

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