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Microsoft Remote Desktop for Android

By Microsoft Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 29, 2014

Microsoft Remote Desktop offers the essential remote connectivity you need to access your home or work computer, allowing you to open files or apps on Windows Professional and Windows Server editions. While the initial setup is more or less straightforward and the scaling of the computer resolution to match that of your device usually works, the overall usability of the app needs to be improved.

Pros

Delivers on its promise: If you follow the tutorial available through the Help section in Settings, Microsoft Remote Desktop will establish a secure, stable, and reliable remote connection that enables you to manage your computer effectively and even work remotely. During our tests we hadn't experienced any major timeouts, errors, or other connectivity issues.

Resolution adjustment: To fix the discrepancy between the different resolutions used by your device and your computer, the app adjusts your computer's display to your device's resolution, which is just perfect for tablets. It doesn't work for smartphones with their smaller screens, though.

Good multitouch experience: The swiping and taping for simulating a mouse and the onscreen keyboard are both responsive, as is the switching between these through the top of the screen toolbar. You can also swipe to scroll.

Cons

Poor usability: Despite the responsive controls, zooming in and out feels so clumsy at times that you're tempted to quit the app.

Streaming could be improved: You may get away with listening to MP3s, but the moment you try to play an HD movie you have to put up with slow buffering and stuttering.

Overall user experience depends on your device's screen: If you don't have a >7-inch screen, the need to zoom in and out constantly and tap to navigate your way around the screen will be annoying, to say the least. An option for changing the computer resolution could fix this.

Bottom Line

While far from perfect, Microsoft Remote Desktop proves usable, especially on a large-screen tablet. If you want to use it on a smartphone, though, the eyestrain and frustration of having to zoom in and out all the time makes it a poor choice.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.1.61.323

Added initial support for Samsung DeX (Android 8.0+).

General

Release November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018
Version 8.1.61.323

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 830
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

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.

Getting Started

+ Windows Professional and Windows Server editions are supported. If you have the home edition of Windows, you need to upgrade to a Pro version before you can use the app. Check out the FAQ for more information on which OS editions are supported for the app and to connect to with the app: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn473007.aspx

+ Configure your PC for remote access first. Download the RD assistant to your PC and let it do the work for you: https://aka.ms/rdsetup

+ Learn more about remote desktop apps here: https://aka.ms/rdapps

Features

+ Access to remote resources through your 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

+ Support for Azure RemoteApp