Microsoft plans Windows remote desktop app for iOS

iPad_plus_contentIf you’re someone who needs to use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol to get access to a computer from afar, there’s good news on the horizon: Microsoft is working on an official mobile remote desktop app.

Austria-based HLW software, makers of the iTap RDP and VNC clients for iOS, Mac OS X and Android, has discontinued those apps, leaving a message on their site to tell people interested in using their services that “We recommend you evaluate the new Microsoft Remote Desktop app available in app stores later this month.”

As it turns out, Microsoft is using HLW’s code as the basis of a new, official app.

“Microsoft did acquire specific IP assets from HLW Software Development GmbH (HLW). This was used as a base for development, on top of which we implemented, amongst other things: RDP 8, RemoteApp support, multitouch, and all new UI,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Macworld.

The news means that while iTap is off the market, iPhone, iPad and Android users should soon have an official client for accessing their Windows PCs.

  • mtn_lion

    Correction: This *might* be good news…or it might not, depending on what Microsoft rolls out. iTap has been the gold standard in RDP apps for mobile devices. So, OK, having learned to my horror that iTap was discontinued two days ago, I’m a little encouraged to learn here that it’s iTap’s code that Microsoft will use. But I don’t know how iTap’s crisp, clean business-like UI can be improved on, and I’m afraid, very afraid.

  • Out For Justice

    Talk, talk, talk… Shut up and code! These applications already exist on iOS (i.e. PocketCloud). And MS is just now starting to plan…