Remote desktop on smart devices

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Microsoft last week launched a free App for iPhone and Android devices which allows you full access to any linked Windows PC from anywhere in the world.

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) isn’t a new feature, but very few people actually know about and use this feature to its full potential. Have you ever wanted a problem fixed and called a friend for help? Once granted access, the remote desktop feature allows your friend to take control of your computer from their own PC over the internet. Until now, remote desktop from a smart device was only available through privately created Apps with whom you generally don’t get a feeling of security. Microsoft is a name everyone can trust and feel secure and the price point, free, is one we can all live with.

Getting started is a little difficult for the less advanced computer user (even I had a bit of trouble). You need to start out by making sure RDP is enabled on your computer. You can do this by googling “How to turn on remote desktop in Windows (your Windows version here)” and follow the steps to turn it on. Once this has been enabled, you need to find out your computer’s IP address. Google “my IP address” and it should be shown as the first result by Google.

Now that you have all of the required information ready, download ‘Microsoft Remote Desktop’ for free from the iTunes or Google Play store. Once installed, enter the details into the App and you are ready to go.

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Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


Total Comments: 4
  1. 0

    Is the RDP secure from hackers or does enabling it open up your PC for an attack?

  2. 0

    I really liked the sound of this app for Android. I installed it on my tablet, then checked my laptop for the ‘how to’ to enable the RDP. Sadly my O/S is Win 7 home premium and the RD is not available with this version.

  3. 0

    Is that going to make it easier fro us to have multiple accounts so we can talk to ourselves if we cannot find anybody else intelligent enough to converse with ??

  4. 0

    I’ve used Team Viewer for years and I see that it’s available as an App. Surely this would be better than the Microsoft App suggested.



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