Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop arrives for Windows Phone: Free for a limited time

Microsoft, Nokia and Splashtop have gotten together to bring the Splashtop 2 remote desktop app to Windows Phone. Despite Windows Phone being in the market for a few years Microsoft never saw fit to include a way to remote control a PC. With the release of Splashtop, Windows Phone users can now enjoy the convenience of connecting to their PC’s with no fuss at all. Best of all is that until August the app will be free to all Windows Phone 8 users.

The advantages of being able to access your PC remotely are numerous, want to set something off on your home PC, grab a file or even watch a movie? All that’s now possible and frankly it’s about time. The app itself is a doddle to setup, just download the app to your phone and install the streaming application on your PC. Once you have those two in place just fire up the app and you’ll see what PC’s are available to connect with.

Here’s what Todd Brix had to say about the arrival of the app:

Windows Phone is designed for productivity right out of the box, delivering captivating apps for mobile workers and IT professionals alike, Splashtop 2 is a great example of the kind of high performance applications that people will find on the Windows Phone Store to get the most out of their phone.

The app has good audio and visual abilities so it’s actually possible to stream content from your PC to your device without too much trouble. From our own testing for the past few days, it does a good job for the most part. It does take a little getting used to and we actually found Windows 8 easy to control due to those big live tiles and charms. One thing it doesn't seem to allow which would be very useful, would be the ability to grab a file directly through a picker. Perhaps that will come later?

The free offer is only open until 31st August so we’d recommend grabbing it now, you never know when you might need this handy little tool. You can download it by following the link here or scan the QR code below.

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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Still waiting on the Teamviewer app. I pinged the company about getting one for Windows Phone and they said they were looking into it.

I never really liked Splashtop on any platform, but I won't complain about free. What I am really waiting for is a LogMeIn client and an RDP client that works with hostnames in addition to IP addresses.

The logmein webclient works though. Which I currently use for quick or lazy PC access. Tad slow though since its screenshots u see and not an active connection.

NeoTrunks said,
I never really liked Splashtop on any platform, but I won't complain about free. What I am really waiting for is a LogMeIn client and an RDP client that works with hostnames in addition to IP addresses.

Ditto. I've gone off using it in favour of LogMeIn pro.

jakem1 said,
ConnectMe allows you to use hostnames.

It lets you use NetBIOS names but isn't always reliable for it. Doesn't use local DNS registered names from my experience.

Aergan said,

Ditto. I've gone off using it in favour of LogMeIn pro.


It lets you use NetBIOS names but isn't always reliable for it. Doesn't use local DNS registered names from my experience.

Same experience for me. With ConnectMe, I can't connect to anything on the local network unless I use the IP address. Same with other RDP and VNC clients on Windows Phone 8.

Uninstalled. The video streaming component of this app, is jerky, laggy and unusable....and yes even with a strong wifi signal.

SYNERGY - Come 'on Microsoft... we have an Xbox Companion... How about a PC Companion? Give the 100's and millions of people with PC's a reason to buy Windows Phone by creating a World Class Mobile friendly RDP App, that allows you to control/navigate the PC (mobile friendly way), Access Files and folders, connect to local network and PRINT.

Yes, its a strange thing to see a Microsoft device *not* have RDP - For PC users is far more useful that something like smartglass. Regardless, the app works like RDP but can also work while your not on the same network. Good stuff.

Does it work using touch or do we have to use touch to control the mouse?

I want an app that converts my phone's screen to a windows 8/rt screen with touch. All the remote desktop apps I have tried so far, I had to control the mouse using touch. Very unpleasant experience.

Robert Brand said,
Its both, you can use a mouse control or use touch and gestures, its pretty neat!

Cool. Does it support windows 8 gestures?

Robert Brand said,
Certainly does

It doesn't (the way I want).

I just tried it out. It has some buttons for gestures. But what I want is that my phone's screen would act 100% like a touch monitor running windows 8 so I can use "Windows RT" using my phone while I have high speed internet or I'm home.

Yeah, its good stuff. Would really like to see simple ability to get files to my Phone but its great in this early version. Good to see Microsoft's and Nokia's efforts to bring useful apps to the platform is paying off.

Remote apps support ? Remote desktop Gateway support ? Network Level Authentication support ?

Otherwise ill stick with "ConnectMe"

Edited by TPreston, May 28 2013, 11:06am :

majortom1981 said,
As of right now this is free. Your really compairing a $10 app to a free one?
Im not complaining just trying to find the best program for the job.

Fantastic tool but, at least for me, seems to have lost quality and stability after the initial builds. Never really understood why they also eliminated the desktop client wich was extremelly usefull as well.